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Rock Haus Foundation

Founded in 2017, the Rock Haus Foundation, a nonprofit organization in New Braunfels, Texas, was established to support individuals with developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families with resources and opportunities to achieve a life of fulfillment.

For six years, Rock Haus Foundation has provided enriching day programs for adults with IDD at the Hill Country Comal IDD Center. Activities bring music, art, movement, and socialization to improve overall well-being so adults with IDD can thrive in their daily lives.

In February of 2023, Rock Haus Foundation was deeded 5.2 acres of property by New Braunfels Independent School District (NBISD). This gift “fast-tracked” the organization’s growth as they jumped right into capital campaign planning and implementation. Renovations of the two existing buildings and the development of a multi-use campus will provide holistic services for individuals with IDD and a host of opportunities for service providers to collaborate and share resources.

The McKenna Foundation, a strong nonprofit partner across Comal County and a great referral source for Cielo Strategy Group, saw the potential in the Rock Haus Foundation board. McKenna Foundation made the introduction between Rock Haus Foundation and Cielo Strategy Group and the rest is history. We spent 9 months providing campaign readiness support and guidance to the Rock Haus Foundation team as they embarked on their most serendipitous capital campaign journey.

Support included:

  • Building out a governance structure to support organizational growth.
  • Facilitating the Bylaws revisions process.
  • Writing gift acceptance policies.
  • Developing brand guidelines for the organization.
  • Creating a capital campaign timeline.
  • Writing the case for support.
  • Managing the hiring of Rock Haus’ first paid executive.
  • Developing the organization’s year-end appeal
  • Training the board on its roles and responsibilities related to governance and capital campaigns.
  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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