How We Can Help

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Zigas and Associates can help your organization develop and launch new initiatives, strategic or business plans, and assist in designing and carrying out program and policy development efforts.  Our engagements have included the following:

Strategic Planning

Our clients have included some of the leading nonprofit housing and community development organizations and foundations in the US, working at both the local and national level. Some selected engagements have included:

  •  Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing develop strategic plan for 2017-2021.
  •  Wells Fargo Housing Foundation in 2016 and 2017 to plan, facilitate and evaluate a series of convenings with its national grantees to identify opportunities for growth and collaboration.
  • Annual national convenings by the Homeownership Preservation Foundation since 2014 of its network of housing counseling and education intermediaries to identify and prioritize joint efforts to advance the field of housing counseling.
  • National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders strategic plan, 2016
  • The Melville Charitable Trust in its board planning through a structured survey and interviews with leading state coalitions on homelessness and housing.
  • Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future to plan, organize, and facilitate a strategic planning effort in 2011 and in 2014.
  • Cinnaire to identify emerging market issues and opportunities for expansion and growth and a new strategic plan.
  • IFF in the creation of and execution process for a new strategic plan in 2013.  
  • NCB Capital Impact on their Ford Foundation funded work to promote effective approaches to long term affordable homeownership.
  • Led a year-long strategic planning process for the Mercy Housing, Inc. board of directors, culminating in an October, 2009 board review and facilitated work session to adopt new strategic statements for the next 5 years.
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to develop the expansion of its multi-year, multi-million dollar Window of Opportunity initiative to preserve affordable rental housing.  We surveyed practitioners about opportunities for new grant making and investments, developed options for the Foundation's staff, assisted in the design of a solicitation and review of new funding proposals, conducted site visits wit h finalists and participated in the initiative's launch. 
  • On behalf of the MacArthur Foundation's research program, canvassed the field and presented recommendations for priority future funding areas to support preservation of existing affordable rental housing at a day-long June, 2009 convening at the Foundation's headquarters.
  • The National Housing Trust in 2007 to develop a new strategic plan including a two-day board retreat and subsequent board meeting at which the plan was first designed, then adopted.

Business development

  • Working with Corporate Social Responsibility Associates to help the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) identify potential new markets and products to grow its business.
  • Senior Advisor to UniDev LLC, in its unique mission-oriented practice of helping institutional partners create permanently affordable housing for their workforces.

Policy Development