To go to scale, many nonprofits need expertise and capacity that the current organizational workforce doesn’t possess; and require more leadership and intensive engagement than a consultant can provide.
Trellis Partners presents the customizable term executive model—a new approach to nonprofit capacity-building that enables durable change through embedded leadership dedicated specifically to transformation objectives.
We leave organizations stronger than when we joined them. Term executives work with nonprofits in full-time, embedded term engagements that result in:
Strategic clarity – Shared understanding across teams of how they best can deliver on mission.
Sustainable functionality – Intuitive systems with the strength and stability to support scaling.
Intentional culture – Acculturated norms and leadership practices that advance safety and equity for all stakeholders.
The term executive model works to stabilize, strengthen, and scale individual organizations, yet also can be adapted to develop multiple organizations under the same umbrella.
How we work
Below are the tenets of the term executive model that make it successful, time and time again.
We have an end date. Big change initiatives are most successful, not as a way of life, but in focused terms of six months to two years. We approach transformational change as a limited-time campaign, focusing and aligning resources toward increased self-reliance. If we’ve done our job, we’ll have no job — and that’s when we know we’ve achieved positive change that’s fully acculturated within the organization.
Embedding in your organization means a heightened investment in your mission and engagement with your staff. Term executives become part of the team, partnering with key players across your entire organization, working at a systems level, and staying through the change…as it happens.
No fear of scope creep.
Our partnership is inclusive of everything, regardless of project complexity. A term executive engagement means no worries about discovering extra needs; no overtime; no extraordinary management.
We bring the good judgment borne of years of experience and informed by the Trellis Partners cohort to assure you have the support you need for sound organizational decisions. And our embeddedness allows us to own and navigate the consequences of our decisions.
Evaluate and adjust.
Our dedicated approach gives us room to test and pilot in controlled ways, facilitating innovation and fostering learning and self-reliance. We leverage and derive learning from each challenge – advising, correcting, and tweaking to create conditions for sustainable change.
Our embeddedness allows us to follow through in the day-to-day, week-by-week, and beyond. Following graduation from the term, our six-month check-in engagement provides an opportunity to revisit both new and lingering challenges and come to agreement on how to dedicate resources to resolve them.