About LaCharla

About LaCharla

Nonprofit organizations have been the focus of my work for nearly 30 years! I’m LaCharla Figgs, an organizational development consultant living in the Washington, DC-Baltimore region.

After all this time I’m still excited about the work charitable nonprofits do and the chance to support them.

Mission

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I launched my consulting practice in 2006. My mission is to help nonprofit leaders build strong and sustainable operations that serve people in need. I do that through in-person and virtual classes, leadership coaching, consultation, meeting facilitation, and hands-on project support.

Affordable Housing & Community Development

Most of my work has been with community-based and faith-based nonprofits.

I've worked in or consulted with affordable housing and community development nonprofits for nearly 30 years.

I got first-hand experience and learned about affordable housing when I managed a rent-subsidized apartment community. I loved being part of a solution that so many grateful people needed. 

Years later I landed at Enterprise Community Partners--then called The Enterprise Foundation. This national nonprofit’s mission is to create opportunity for low- and moderate-income people through affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities.

My time there was a great learning experience. I went from managing the organizatio's $2+ million in private and government contracts, to providing technical assistance to nonprofits across the U.S.

I ended my time there in the Baltimore office, having served as interim co-director and finally as Deputy Director and Director of Housing and Community Development.

Consulting

In 2006, I established my consulting practice.  Since then, I’ve had the chance to take on interesting assignments like community outreach coordinator for a DC healthcare initiative, program design and fundraising for a resident services program, interim executive director of a transitional housing nonprofit, and more.

As a consultant, I’ve served national, and community-based nonprofits, associations, and government agencies. The list below provides a sample the kinds of work I've done:

  • Board Workshops, Coaching, and Troubleshooting
  • Bylaws Review and Revision
  • Board Policy Development or Review
  • Strategic Planning Facilitation
  • Executive Coaching
  • Resident Services Program Development
  • Grant Proposal Writing
  • Fundraising and Grantwriting Training
  • Nonprofit Start-Up Consultation and Hands-On Help
  • Interim Executive Staffing
  • Cash Flow Projections Workshop
  • Research and Report Writing
  • Community Outreach Coordination Founding
  • Executive Transition Consultation

What This Means for You

I’ve worked with government officials and nonprofit leaders, faith-based practitioners and residents of low-wealth communities. I’ve worked with board members and every-day folks interested in nonprofit startup. I’ve run into many organizational challenges–from personality clashes and power struggles to the need for “mini re-engineering.”

So whether you need help planning for the future, strengthening your operation, or troubleshooting issues with your board or staff, let's explore the possibility of working together.

Schedule a 20-Minute Exploratory Call

Whether you need board development, strategic planning, program development, or some other service for your nonprofit, let's talk and decide whether we're a good fit.

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