Strategic planning brings out the best in an organization through generative and creative thinking. When done well, strategic planning forms the foundation of a well-run organization and ensures that resources are used wisely in pursuit of clearly defined goals.
We understand that planning requires skilled facilitation to bring stakeholders of an organization into agreement about objectives, priorities and allocation of human and financial resources. We also understand it takes exceptional analysis and writing to make a plan clear and coherent, and that measurement and accountability are core to a plan’s success.
We create plans that are complex enough to express the company’s mission, vision, goals, challenges and opportunities but simple enough to be used every day by staff, board and volunteers to advance the organization. We conduct our work with the flexibility and speed our world requires. And importantly, we create buy-in from key players, knowing that daily actions flow smoothly when strategic plans are done with the full input, open minds and rampant creativity of invested people.
Strategic Planning Clients
City of Chanhassen
City of Excelsior
City of Hastings
City of Minnetonka
Forecast Public Art
Greater Twin Cities United Way
Hennepin Theatre Trust
Jewish Family Services of St. Paul
Mixed Blood Theatre
Public Art Saint Paul
Talmud Torah of Minneapolis
Ten Thousand Things Theatre
The Cowles Center
Communications planning is vital if you want your messages to be heard in a rapidly changing and noisy world. So, too, is compelling, clear and consistent writing. Whether you want to enhance visibility, garner media coverage, prepare for a major fundraising campaign or promote a company leader, a thoughtful, creative and sustainable communications plan is a vital first step.
Parenteau Graves begins projects by understanding the changes, positioning and results our clients seek. We then connect these goals with a company’s broader mission, vision, and brand to ensure organizational consistency. Our deep experience with an array of communication tools and channels adds important value to our services.
Buffalo Hanover Montrose Schools
Lyra Baroque Orchestra
Mill City Farmers Market
Montessori Center of Minnesota
Ten Thousand Things
University of Minnesota Foundation
Westminster Presbyterian Church
University of Minnesota Law School
Plymouth Congregational Church
Our technology services include website planning, design and build and social media integration. As with all of our work, we begin by obtaining consensus on the central goals for a project. This broad perspective ensures alignment with an organization’s mission and goals, as well as smart navigation and design choices.
Our process insists upon a coordinated approach between design and content, as well as a long-term plan for maintenance that ensures an organization has the infrastructure to manage technology effectively.
After the site is launched, Parenteau Graves offers plans for maintenance, security and ongoing design consultations to keep our websites looking fresh and current. Many clients choose to use us to manage the site on an ongoing basis.
About Parenteau Graves
Parenteau Graves is a Minneapolis-based strategic planning and communications firm specializing in creative, effective and practical solutions for organizations in the nonprofit, education and government arenas.
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