Sometimes great ideas just happen and
grow from there. That is the case
with a bike repair project that started with just
six volunteers in 2006 and grew
to encompass 200 volunteers serving in three
locations each year!
During a 10 year run of volunteers coordinated by Living Water on Billings South Side managed repair and/or replace over 5,000 bicycles free of charge for thousands of area kids and families who couldn't afford a child's bike repair. Children participating also learned how to do simple maintenance, like fixing a flat tire!
Nearly $30,000 funding for this project was raised each of those 10 years with help from Rodda Consulting.You can read about this effort on the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation website celebrating healthy communities and great collaborations!
In May, 2013, life changed dramatically for homeless youth living on the streets of Billings, Montana, when Tumbleweed Runaway Program was awarded a $900,000 grant from the Administration for Children and Families. This grant was was one of only four awarded that year, and was composed by Rodda Consulting. Our consultation on this project included framing program design elements to make it resonate more highly with Federal Reviewers.
In 2015, they again received recognition as a tremendous community and regional asset when they were chosen as one of only three applicants nationwide to receive a $600,000 grant for combating Human Trafficking.
Those proposals were written by Julie Rodda of Rodda Consulting. Julie's 10 years experience as a Federal Grant Chairperson and Federal Grant Reviewer for the Office of Community Service brought critical expertise to composing those requests.
Eric Basye, Executive Director of CLDI stands in front of the Orrel Cove Project in south Billings.
Yellowstone CASA contacted us in 2016 when the number of children in foster care was growing rapidly, but the resources needed to serve these children with a CASA volunteer were not equal to the demand. They asked for assistance with strategic planning, goal setting, and hands on expertise to raise money and awareness in their community.
In 2013, Eric Basye, Executive Director of CLDI asked us for some help to launch a visionary project. This housing build was intended to give meaningful jobs to those re-entering society from prison while building quality, affordable housing for families in Billings poorest neighborhood...all without federal or state assistance.
An abandoned property near Riverside Middle School became the focus of CLDI's vision, transforming an eyesore where drug dealers had ruled into safe housing for families, and a true neighborhood gem.
We were able to help formulate a funding plan and then assist CLDI to secure over $1 million in grant funding for this worthwhile project.
Photos courtesy of Beartooth Christian Camp
This specialty camp for children in Montana's foster care system takes place each summer at Beartooth Christian Camp, located near Fishtail, Montana.
A strategic conversation with a potential funder by Rodda Consulting initiated this camp opportunity, and strategic maintenance of relationships by staff members have kept it going. Over the past 10 years, that donor's investment has equated to nearly $250,000! That's an incredible story of development efforts that helped connect a donor's passion to a program they love. Find out more about Camp Velocity on their FACEBOOK page for a peek at other great stories!
We began by revitalizing donor communications. New marketing pieces were designed to help recruit volunteers to serve children in foster care and the courts who would be the voice of vulnerable children who suffered abuse and neglect. New funding resources were developed to support current and additional staff to manage the exciting changes taking place.
During this one year contract, their revenues grew by nearly 70%, and volunteer recruitment surpassed all the goals that had been established. Staff members engaged additional community conversations and grew awareness of the problems facing these children. A wonderful success was their ability to harness ideas and energy to help jump start conversations about the special needs of Native American children in foster care and the courts. An outcome of those convenings was helping to establish an Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) court in Yellowstone County--one of only 4 in the nation.
Well done, CASA of Yellowstone County!
Photos as publiched on the
CLDI Facebook page
photos courtesy of the Billings Bike Clinic
Because healthy communities need strong and vibrant nonprofits