2012 Annual Report

Screen Shot 2012-12-26 at 5.01.02 PMIn 2012, my seventh year of consulting, I’m pleased to report:

Here’s what some of my clients had to say about my consulting:

  • “GREAT! Very grounding and supportive. The retreat was well-planned, and engaging from start to finish.” Beverly Keefe, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust
  • “Wonderful! He kept us on track and set a positive tone. Would love to work with him again.” Autumn Rooney, Arroyo SECO Network of Time Banks
  • “I like Ron’s energy and creativity and the way that we interact.” Rene Castro, Long Beach Building Healthy Communities
  • “He is exceptional. He is professional, thoughtful, and knows the material.” Lindsey Stammerjohn, John Gogian Foundation
  • “Ron has an ability to focus on what is important and relevant.” Georgia Case, City Fabrick
  • “Ron has an ability to listen and articulate what the group was saying. His attentiveness to our needs before, during and after the retreat was very valuable.” Mireya Pena, Museum of Latin American Art
  • “Connectedness” David Kietzman, Youth Speak! Collective

Some highlights for me personally were the retreats I facilitated for the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, Black Women for Wellness, YouthSpeak! Collective, the Museum of Latin American Art and the Los Feliz Improvement Association. I’m pleased to  say 100% of my clients who have worked with other consultants described the quality of my work as “exceptional” or “above average”.

Through my work the clients I served continued to make a positive impact in Southern California, including developing community gardens, providing enriching learning experiences, engaging the parents with public education, cultivating youth leadership, maintaining quality neighborhoods, inspiring health and wellness, improving bicycling conditions, building community and transforming Southern California into a more sustainable region.

Throughout the year, I grew my own network of Affiliates, Associates and other institutions working to build organizational capacity, redesigned my logo and website, and also grew my own capacity to serve by starting a Masters of Science program in Organization Development. I wrote an article that gained some traction, the Case for Los Angeles as a Bicycling City and reflected on the role of bicycling in my own consulting practice. I also wrote ten tips to deal with folks who dominate your meetings, 10 Big decisions a nonprofits make, launched #NPLA on Twitter (for nonprofit related issues in Los Angeles) and updated my popular list of places for an organization to host a retreat in Southern California (now over 50 sites!).

My goal for 2013 is to serve my 100th client. If you know of an organization that wants to build a stronger team, plan for the future, recruit more effective board members, develop a strategy to raise funds or change in some other way in a positive direction, please contact me and I will reach out to them. Thanks and happy holidays!

Organizations I Facilitated meetings, retreats or processes for:
Alta Planning Community Outreach
Arroyo SECO Network of Time Banks Strategic Planning
Beverly Vermont Community Land Trust Fundraising
Black Women for Wellness Strategic Planning
California Bicycle Coalition Strategic Planning
City Fabrick Strategic Planning
CSULA Community Outreach
Families in Schools Strategic Planning
Families Uniting Families Fundraising
Harbor Community Clinic Fundraising
LA River Expeditions Community
LA Voice Fundraising
Long Beach Building Healthy Communities Strategic Planning
Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust Team Building
Los Feliz Improvement Association Team Building
Museum of Latin American Art Team Building
Shane’s Inspiration Strategic Planning
YouthSpeak! Collective Team Building
Organizations and places I led trainings for:
Alliance for Biking and Walking Campaign Planning
Enterprise Community Partners Board Development
Flintridge Foundation Fundraising
John Gogian Foundation Fundraising
Liberty Hill Foundation Board Development
Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership Fundraising
WomenShelter of Long Beach Fundraising
Community Hospital of Long Beach Foundation Fundraising
Groups I coached:
Echo Park Film Center Strategic Planning
Transit Coalition Fundraising
East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice Board Development

About Ron Milam

I work to build the capacity of organizations and collaborative change initiatives in Southern California through facilitation, training and coaching. I specialize in the areas of organization development, collaboration, strategic planning, team building, board development and fundraising. Since 2005, I have served over 145 organizations.
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