Impact organisations have a very different focus to the for profit business world when it comes to measures of success. Shareholder value and profitability are the major drivers of business decision making and strategy development. Impact organisations take their finanicial sustainability seriously but the reason they exist is to create meaningful impact. As such, a strategy development process should centre an organisation’s impact, rather than market share or profit maximisation.
We always begin our strategy work by focusing on an organisational level theory of change and from there, defining the impact aspirations and lastly, the organisational priorities for enabling impact. The impact strategy itself therefore centres the beneficiaries and what will potentially change to make their lives better, as opposed to a primary focus on the organisation’s internal activities.
We have worked with a wide range of organisations on impact strategies including:
- Centre for Non-Violence
- Inner Melbourne Legal Centre
- Centre for Women & Co
- 54 Reasons
- Men & Co
- Community Legal Centres of Australia