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What’s New with the ACNV

Much has happened in the last few months with the Arts Council of Napa Valley since NewLevel Group was engaged to strengthen their board, refine their message, build public awareness, and increase funding. Two new Board members, Gail Silverman and Celia Lenson, have joined the dedicated Board to work with Interim Executive Director, Michelle Williams. A new website has been launched thanks to the design talent of Kristine Cummins and the generous donation of Net Flow. Award-winning local graphic artist, Julia Allen, has created a sophisticated logo that reflects the organization's new mission statement. And, last but not least, ACNV has recently been awarded grants from two local organizations. The Sato Foundation, based in Napa, will fund the Arts in Education program in Napa County schools. The Heritage Fund, based in St. Helena, is funding and collaborating with ACNV to create the Professional Artist Workshop (PAW) series. The PAW series is a new program designed to give working artists the tools they need to become more successful and profitable through their art.

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Sustainability is Hot Topic for Many Nonprofits and Their Funders

NewLevel Group has been retained by several local agencies to help them build and sustain their effectiveness. Napa Emergency Women’s Services (NEWS) and Cope Family Center, two strong organizations that are working to get stronger, and American Canyon Family Resource Center, a new nonprofit planning to start out on the right foot, are just a few of the organizations addressing their capacity building in a proactive, strategic way.

Areas of Focus for Building Sustainability

  • Clear and compelling vision and mission
  • Passionate and engaged Board of Directors
  • Diversified sources of funding and a strategic approach to fundraising
  • Effective communications and marketing
  • Motivated, professional staff

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San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau Hires NLG for Strategic Planning

NewLevel Group will soon begin a five-phase project to help the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (SFCVB) assess, analyze, and build on the organization’s success. For nearly 100 years the SFCVB has worked on behalf of its members to promote San Francisco as the destination of choice for conventions and leisure travel. The Bureau is an outgrowth of the San Francisco Convention and Tourist League, a non-profit, local business association founded in 1909 to reclaim the City's position as a world-class destination in the wake of the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire.

Napa County Child Care Planning Council Recognizes NewLevel Group

NewLevel Group was recently recognized as a "Family Friendly Workplace" by the Napa County Child Care Planning Council. NewLevel’s flexible working arrangements and family friendly environment contributed toward the firm’s selection.

High Satisfaction Days ™

High Satisfaction Days ™ During a recent strategic planning session, senior managers at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley were introduced to the concept of NewLevel Group's High Satisfaction Days. They liked the concept so much, they've decided to adopt it as one of their own organization's key performance metrics.

A New Level of Green!

Leading the way for other businesses to adopt environmentally-friendly office practices, Napa-based consulting firm NewLevel Group was the recent recipient of the Bay Area Green Business Certification, making it the first office firm to achieve the distinction in Napa County.

“Encouraging office users to be green is a new area that the County is exploring. NewLevel Group stepped forward to be the first of what we hope will be many more businesses going green,” said Steve Lederer, Director of the Department of Environmental Management for Napa County. Previously, the department had focused on certifying auto repair shops as green businesses and is currently working with the Napa Valley Vintners Association on a Green Winery Program. The County Board of Supervisors will be discussing the future of this program at their June 26, 2007 meeting.

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Project Ninety's Board to Develop Fundraising Strategy

NewLevel Group will lead a board training session for Project Ninety in June that will focus on developing fundraising strategies.

Center for Health Design Refines Its Strategic Message

The Center for Health Design ( worked with NewLevel Group to develop strategic marketing initiatives at their annual planning retreat. The NewLevel team helped the group refine its message and focus on marketing priorities at the day-long workshop.

Recent NewLevel Group Projects

NewLevel Group designed and facilitated a long-range strategic planning session for the Wyoming Women's Foundation's board to help them do some dreaming about their vision for the future and create a long-range plan to guide the growth of the organization. A follow-up session was held at the Wyoming Governor's Residence with the Foundation's Honorary Trustees.

A celebration of the power and spirit of the art and artists of Northern California, the di Rosa Preserve, recently brought its leaders together for a half-day session with NewLevel Group. John Heymann helped the board focus on its governance role and lay a foundation for future board development.

NLG recently completed a multi-phased project of assessment and strategic planning to assist the El Dorado Winery Association Board of Directors to build a common understanding of the organization's vision of the future, agree on key issues and how to prioritize them, and create consensus for the long-term goals of the association.

Project Ninety, a human services organization that meets the needs of individuals, families, and the community, through alcohol and drug recovery services, engaged NewLevel Group to work with their Board of Directors to build their skills through training on effective governance, the theory and practice of strategic fund development, and effective communications.

Pacific Hotel Management Taps NewLevel for Leadership Training

Carrie Hays will design and conduct a leadership skills training for Pacific Hotel Management’s ( annual management retreat. Almost 100 managers from the company’s various hotels throughout California will learn new ways to create a working environment that fosters employee productivity and retention.

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