Faith, Hope and Love win Nonprofit of the Year in Las Vegas at the ActionCOACH BizX Awards in April 2022. Congratulations to Heather Lojeski and Dave Steffen!
ActionCOACH,Dave Steffen, helps build Faith, Hope and Love in the midst of COVID-19
“7 months ago, I was facing the strong possibility of having to close the doors of our organization. Then, Todd Ruedt from ActionCOACH Brookfield, reached out to me to learn how we as an organization were doing in the midst of COVID-19. At the end of the conversation, he said, what can I do to help? I told him… I need a coach.
Two weeks later, he connected me to Coach Dave Steffen. Together, Dave and I created a plan to not just survive, but to thrive as an organization. We figured out how to pivot and adapt our two largest in-person fundraisers. The sponsors of these events shifted to program sponsors. We changed our in-person restaurant fundraisers to drive through fundraising events and grew the support from $1,000 per event to $2,500.
Along with adapting fundraisers, Dave connected us with resources that helped us to grow our business and save money on business expenses. He connected us with an insurance agent that saved our organization $2,000/year, a marketing company that helped us raise over $10,000 with new marketing campaigns that can be utilized throughout the year, and a Human Resources company that is helping us with setting processes for our first employee hire.
Instead of closing our doors in 2020, we had our best revenue year EVER and we credit that to the ActionCOACH Foundation'Coaching for a Cause' program and the amazing coaching we received from Dave Steffen.
I hope, as an ActionCOACH, you will consider selecting your 'Coaching for a Cause' organization. When you coach for a cause, not only are you changing the life of that individual and organization, but you are making a lasting impact on hundreds and thousands of individuals in your community. Your donation of time and expertise will create a large ripple effect in your community, creating lasting change. Please consider selecting your organization to coach today.”
Rene Ribas of ActionCOACH helps community learn the fine art of Leverage at church center in Brasil
"I'm a Seventh Day Adventist member and frequently I volunteer to coordinate biblical classes and lead the orchestra. In 2018, the church I belong to decided to rent a new house, to start a project called 'Life and Health Space,' with the goal of offering several free classes to the community--Spanish, French, health food cooking, taekwondo, physical exercise, and more. The pastor in charge of this project knew I was a business coach and invited me to start a voluntary coaching program with the entrepreneurs of this neighborhood. I accepted the challenge, and we created an ActionCLUB with about 18 members.
It was a 24 session-program that ran for more than one year. Unfortunately, in the middle of the program, we had to face the Covid-19 pandemic, which forced us to change the sessions from in-person to online. Despite that, we completed the program.
Center for Creative Economy grows 50% in one year working with ActionCOACH, Mary Ann Hauser
"I know my numbers. I know where I am at every moment thanks to Mary Ann Hauser. Thanks to ActionCOACH. Once you know the numbers, that empowers you to go after the sponsors, the clients or the revenue that you need....My mindset has changed....
I have a wonderful staff now thanks to Mary Ann's advice....We have job descriptions, and we have a culture. Because of the way we hire now, we understand the type of person that we need....Getting the right staff has been a big help....
Business has grown 50% from last year to this year."
ActionCOACH, Andy O'Brien, coaches community ministries to expand during Covid shutdown
"I immediately jumped on it (when Andy O'Brien offered free coaching during Covid) because nobody was prepared to navigate what this was going to look like....Andy (O'Brien) and I worked through how to change the message…how to make it more effective. We had to completely change our operation. Even with this, we raised more money from March until June than we had raised the entire year before.
The second thing was we needed to hire people. Andy worked with us on strategies to hire people to complete our team; it’s been a fantastic team.
Third thing is helping us on the growth....We were able to distribute 1 million pounds of food out of a 900-square-foot food pantry...."
"I work with a charitable institution called ASL (Aspire Support Learn) that provides work-based training and job opportunities for young people with learning difficulties, such as Down’s Syndrome.
Michelle Tohill, the founder and CEO, runs a day service where these young people can meet and socialise and a tea room called Bridget’s, in a small town called Ware in Hertfordshire, England.
In the tea room, these young disadvantaged people learn how to prepare food and drinks and serve customers, among other skills. Bridget’s is open to the public and in a short time it has become an important and much-loved hub in the local community."