Business and Strategy
Some of the most succesful non-profit ventures act as for-profits, thinking strategically about sustainable practice,
re-generating income, and effective marketing. GIC has worked on several projects in these areas and is expanding its services in business development. At current, GIC can assist an organization in with strategic planning, researching innovative funding models, and branding and marketing new initiatives.
Rural Broadband | Business Plan Development
Need: Our partner works to expand internet connectivity in rural zones of Kenya. Historically, extending internet connectivity to rural areas has been infeasible because the investment costs are high and there is a lack of paying market demand. This poses challenges for humanitarian organizations working in rural areas, and for surrounding communities that have little to no internet access.
Approach: Infrastructure build out has become cheaper and there are demonstrable benefits of aggregating demand. Our student team conducted in-depth research on technical and economic solutions, culminating in a Rural Broadband Concept Note meant to attract investment from prospective donors within our client’s network. Our work involved collaboration with senior staff in CISCO and the International Rescue Committee.
Need: An emerging education development organization in Morocco requested GIC's assistance in managing an organization-wide rebranding, restructuring and succession management effort.
Approach: GIC analyzedthe organization's leaders, staff, and donors to map key relationships, interests, obligations, and demands. GIC used this information to draw up a short and long term vision for the organization. Finally, we assisted the organization in the implementation of the rebranding effort, including restructuring responsibilities and putting succession systems in place.