Think mission • Take action
We have worked with organizations across fields as diverse as the arts, health, education, social justice and community development to develop strategic plans, build organizational resilience and develop strong leadership.
- 100+ organizations served
- 40+ strategic plans
- 50+ leaders coached
Who We Are
Molly Penn | Partner
As a consultant to mission-based organizations for nearly two decades, Molly has honed her strategic insight, business skills, and entrepreneurial thinking to help organizations become stronger and have greater impact. She is often hired for her facilitation skills, in which all voices are heard. Molly began her professional life in senior staff roles at both large and small organizations. She has an MBA in Management from Fordham University, a Masters in Arts Management from Columbia University and a BA from Bard College. She is Lean-certified and trained as a professional coach. Molly is a member of the board of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.
Deborah Flood | Partner
Deborah works with leaders of mission-driven organizations to answer the big picture questions: Why do we do what we do? How can we best achieve our mission? Deborah draws on her greatest strengths— high-level strategy development and excellent analytical, communication and facilitation skills. Before beginning consulting 12 years ago, Deborah held senior staff positions at US and international nonprofits and foundations, including several years at the Open Society Foundations. She has a BA from Oberlin College and a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
For each engagement we bring a tailored team of consultants who complement our skills and talents in such areas as: fundraising, financial consulting, outcomes assessment and administrative support.
As strategic planning consultants, Molly Penn and Deborah Flood were highly professional and resourceful in guiding our board through the often challenging process of developing consensus from disparate viewpoints and helping us to articulate our ultimate plan and vision.
CEO, Greyston Foundation
Think mission • Take action
Background The Trust’s Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) program aims to improve the lives of people living with T1D. To that end, the Trust supported organizations that educate and provide other resources to people with T1D. Challenge Some of these organizations were start-ups or largely volunteer run, so the Trust wanted to build the field through…
Background The New York City AIDS Memorial was recently constructed to honor the 100,000 New Yorkers lost to AIDS, as well as the caregivers and activists who rose up and changed the trajectory of the epidemic. Challenge The board understood that building the memorial was just the beginning—they needed to ensure that people came to…
Background FCCF, a community foundation, provides funding, workshops, and other resources to local nonprofit organizations. FCCF has a Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) devoted to building the capacity of local nonprofits. Challenge The CNE wanted to create a leadership development program that would build the capacity of leaders of local nonprofits. Solution Penn Flood Consulting…
Background Jacob’s Pillow is a major dance organization located in the Berkshires. Their dance presenting season is in the summer months and they run a robust intern program to help them staff the season. Challenge The Pillow wanted to strengthen the capacity of their full-time staff to supervise summer interns and deepen the internship experience.…
Background YPIE is an educational intermediary organization working to strengthen the Yonkers Public School system through guidance counseling. Challenge The organization was ready for a new strategic plan that would address its shifting market and deepen and clarify its value. Solution Penn Flood Consulting did a strategic plan that resulted in defining the organization’s work…
Background Greyston is a community development organization providing an array of services to help individuals in poverty: childcare, housing, health, youth services, workforce development, jobs and community gardens. Challenge The organization needed a new strategic plan that would bring its broad array of services into stronger alignment. Solution Penn Flood Consulting did a thorough strategic…