I know everyone is saying it, but it’s hard to believe the end of the year is nearly upon us. It’s even harder to believe that we’re about to embark on a new decade, and that Prosper Strategies is five years old.
2019 has been a big year for our firm. We broke our previous records for annual revenue and profitability, and more importantly, we feel we were able to have a deeper impact than ever before for our nonprofit clients. Over the course of the year, we also saw our client partnerships shift from more retainer-based implementation work to mostly project-based strategy work. This was a positive shift as it plays to our strengths, interests and passions, and meets a real need in the nonprofit sector. But as with any change, it was not without its fair share of challenges. Over the course of the last year, we’ve felt compelled to continually optimize our team, approach, processes and roles as our business shifts and we get even more intentional about the sort of work we want to do, and with whom.
Last month, we spent two days away from the day-to-day working on our strategy for the next year (and really the next decade) with David C. Baker, a leading advisor to entrepreneurial expert firms like Prosper Strategies. We walked away from this two day session clearer than we’ve ever been about Prosper’s goals for the future. We also walked away with a more expansive vision than we’ve ever had for the role Prosper can play in our clients’ organizations. We’ll share much more in the new year as we bring our plans to life, but for now, we’ll just say that in 2020, you’ll see our work expand into strategic planning, fundraising strategy, and other areas where strategic thinking and smart planning is essential to mission advancement.
As we close out 2019, we’re so grateful for each and every person we got the chance to partner with this year, from our clients, to our collaborators on our webinar series and Changemaker Conversations, our team, contractors, advisors (official and unofficial), and our friends inside and outside of the nonprofit sector. Thank you for constantly supporting us and pushing us to grow, both as individuals and as a business.
We have so many big things in store for 2020, so stay tuned in the new year to learn more about what’s next for Prosper Strategies.
Have a happy holiday and an amazing start to the new year!
Lindsay and Alyssa