How does an organization with a proven model determine how best to spread its impact in a sustainable, deliberate way?
How does the original site of a multi-state initiative transform itself into a national center and develop a plan for expanding its reach and impact?
How can a foundation and its nonprofit grantees identify and invest in capacity building activities to improve their sustainability, outcomes, and scale of impact?
How can a city government articulate a vision for student success and establish a coordinated, community-wide effort to raise the necessary resources to achieve such a vision?
We work on projects that improve people’s lives.
Each project is as unique as the people, programs, organizations, and communities involved. Projects vary in duration and complexity, from short-term place-based strategy development to long-term collective action initiatives. Projects reflect one or more service theme and may include methods and tools from all parts of our practice.
The Root Cause team brings topical expertise in health and well-being, education and youth development, and economic security. We offer coaching, facilitation, and hand-on implementation support to project partners, and we develop research, case studies, and tools based on the needs of people, organizations, and communities.
How can an organization drive collective action by working in partnership with a local school district and nonprofit partners to advance k-12 student outcomes, including college acceptance, completion and employment?
Say Yes Guilford
How can a foundation catalyze the growth of STEM ecosystems across local school districts?
How can a group of nonprofit organizations, a public school district, and a foundation work together to create college and career readiness opportunities for all students as they graduate high school, succeed in post-secondary programs, and enter the workforce?
Coalition of Nonprofit Organizations
Measurement, Learning, & Improvement
How can a region ensure that every child and family has access to the quality early childhood services they need so that children enter kindergarten ready to learn?
Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative
How can a community ensure that every child in their county has access to health and education resources and opportunities they need so they can enter kindergarten ready to learn?
Ready for School, Ready for Life
Strategy & Implementation
How can a nonprofit organization grow sustainably while providing high-quality services?
How can two high-performing nonprofits work together to build a coordinated pathway that supports low-income, first-generation, and historically-underrepresented high school students as they access, enroll in, and complete college?