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Nonprofit Leaders for Excellence

In 2022, Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation and the Knapp Community Care Foundation launched the region’s first nonprofit leadership cohort – Nonprofit Leaders for Excellence – in partnership with us to bring 12 nonprofit leaders together over 10 months. Cielo Strategy Group designed the cohort program, created the full curriculum, and fully launched and managed the program. We are thrilled to bring Nonprofit Leaders for Excellence back for its second year in 2023-2024.

From August 2022 through May 2023, leaders from organizations in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas prioritized developing their leadership skills to strengthen their organizations thanks to the generosity of these two local foundations. Each month, they spent a full day learning and collaborating on topics such as: nonprofit governance, highly effective teams and culture, philanthropy, communications, financial management, risk management, and more. We brought in a mix of local facilitators, panel discussions, and other experts, including Cielo Strategy Group to cover the variety of learning objectives.

These leaders reflect what the Rio Grande Valley is all about: grit, perseverance, passion, love, strength, intelligence, and most importantly, commitment to the community.

We are proud of the success of this program, and are thrilled to have been asked to guide the second cohort which kicked off in September 2023 and will culminate in May 2024.

Our second Nonprofit Leaders for Excellence class includes:

  • The Cielo Strategy Group team brings a passion for strengthening nonprofits to their work, and it is evident in their every detail – from their outstanding customer service, to their impeccable follow-through, to the way they engage with residents, board and staff – I just can’t say enough good things. They are professional, knowledgeable, and genuinely dedicated to creating a sustainable organization. I am forever grateful to them.

    Thrive Youth Center
  • The Bay City ISD School Board and staff could not have been more enthusiastic about the marketing plan that Cielo Strategy Group developed for us. We are extremely excited to see what we can do with the tools you've given us. Thank you so much for making my job easier."

    Bay City ISD
  • Thank you so much, Cielo Strategy Group for creating capacity within our organization now and for the future. You guided us, coached us, encouraged us, and taught us how to execute ideas that had always felt like far-off dreams. You didn’t come in and point out our weaknesses – you celebrated our strengths, and then, you met us where we were and gave us actionable steps to strengthen our board governance, fundraising, communications, storytelling, and operations. We are stronger because of you!

    Girls on the Run Bexar County
  • The Cielo team has been a trusted partner strengthening our organization from the inside out. After facilitating our initial organizational assessment process, they identified key areas we needed to focus on that would move our mission forward. They didn’t just give us a report with recommendations, they jumped in and created the infrastructure we needed to help us operate more effectively – from basic Board governance documents and processes to a staff and volunteer handbook, to operational planning and goal-setting. They have coached me to become a better leader. As we celebrated our ten-year anniversary, we accepted a transformational gift to purchase our own land and build upon our vision. We could not have done this without “getting our house in order”, which is what Cielo Strategy Group did for us.

    South Texas Juvenile Diabetes Association
  • The Cielo team has been instrumental in helping the Weslaco Museum rebuild for the future. As a new Executive Director, I am thankful for their unwavering commitment. They provided our organization with the proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel” – enabling us to focus on our vision and mission. They have helped the Weslaco Museum grow our member base, streamline our website, strengthen our board, and our overall vision for the future.

    Weslaco Museum
  • Cielo Strategy Group is part of our Clinic family. With our long standing partnership, I have relied on their team as a steady support system – responding to our needs and flexing with us. They have elevated our storytelling and communications, guided us through annual fund development plans, designed and project managed annual appeal mailings, coached us through grant proposals, facilitated Board sessions and a strategic planning process. They push us toward excellence and don’t settle for less.

    San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic