Practice Areas

This Is What We Love To Do.


Informed by a combination of analytic rigor, field knowledge and perspective, independent judgment, and practical experience, MCE walks with you on a journey to discover how to create change and take your organizational and operational efforts to the next level.


Strategy

Operational Assessment. Planning & Market Research.


Growth

Donor Prospecting. Fund Development.


Innovation

Program Design. Technical Assistance. Grant Monitoring.


Advising

Strategic Thinking. Leadership Development.

Strategy


Operational Assessment

 

Do you need an objective eye to help you review and assess your organization’s current priorities, operations and effectiveness? Have an operational assessment done on your organization.

 

What will you learn?
  • Factors contributing to your success
  • Barriers to your success
  • Stakeholder perceptions

Targeted Audience: Artists, Grantmakers, Arts and Culture Administrators and Arts Organizations

Strategic Plan

 

Wondering how to plan for the future? Strategic plans, informed by operational assessments, are designed to help you prepare for short and long term goals.

 

What will you learn?
  • How to set priorities and work toward common goals
  • Focus your energy and resources
  • Strengthen operations
  • Refine your organizational identity

Targeted Audience: Artists, Arts and Culture Administrators and Arts Organizations

Market Research

 

Are you trying to reach a new audience? Wondering why your techniques aren’t working? Market research provides relevant data to help solve marketing challenges.

 

What will you learn?
  • Insights into the characteristics, spending habits, location and needs of your organization’s target market

Targeted Audience: Artists, Arts and Culture Administrators and Arts Organizations

Growth


Donor Prospecting

 

Who should you target for financial support? We research potential funders for your organization.

 

What will you learn?
  • Names of funders aligned with your mission and vision
  • Grantmaker funding patterns for your discipline and/or organizational need
  • Philanthropic motivations
  • Funding calendar and plan

Targeted Audience: Artists, Arts and Culture Administrators and Arts Organizations

Funding Development

 

Now that I know my target for financial support, how do I get to them? We design a strategy to support and achieve your fundraising goals.

 

What will you receive?
  • A strategy and timeline for increasing your donor base

Targeted Audience: Artists, Arts and Culture Administrators and Arts Organizations

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

~Bob Marley

Innovation


Program Design

 

Need help designing a new or existing program? Let us provide sound advice to help facilitate your planning process.

 

What will you receive?
  • Thought leadership
  • Ways to evaluate your success
  • Project coordination support

Targeted Audience: Artists, Grantmakers, Arts and Culture Administrators and Arts Organizations

Technical Assistance

 

Looking for ways to build capacity and facilitate communications across several systems? Have us come in and support your efforts.

 

What you will receive?
  • Skills Training

Targeted Audience: Artists, Grantmakers, Arts and Culture Administrators and Arts Organizations

Grant Monitoring

 

Are you looking for ways to determine the efficacy of your grant programs? Do you want to ensure that your measures for success are in alignment with your funded projects? Do you want to test your existing success measures?

 

What you will learn?
  • Grantee Progress and Success
  • Grantee Barriers to Success
  • Ways to refine your performance measurement indicators

Targeted Audience: Grantmakers

Advising


Strategic Thinking

 

Looking for an innovative and strategic way to approach your work? In need of an objective thought partner to assist with bringing your ideas to life?  Let’s work together to envision what this looks like.

 

What you will receive?
  • Tough Questions to Support Your Thought Process
  • Potential Blindspots in Your Strategy
  • Guiding Probes to Determine Planning Steps

Targeted Audience: Leaders from Nonprofits, For-Profits, Government Agencies

Leadership Development

 

Do you need some support navigating your career? Are you continuing to run into the same challenges but aren’t quite sure why?

 

What you will receive?
  • Targeted Inquiry About Your Goals and Aspirations
  • Reflection Exercises to Explore Your Potential Blindspots
  • Assistance and Guidance to Support Your Career Journey

 

Targeted Audience: Early Career Arts Professionals