success stories

Dining Out for Life International

The Board of Dining Out for Life International (DOLFI), a network of organizations responding to HIV and related causes, embarked on a strategic planning process with Burcham Solutions that centered around clarifying and setting direction for DOFLI as an organization, the DOFL Conference for event licensees, and for the network of DOLFI member organizations. The 3-year strategic plan was unanimously approved by the DOLFI Board with revised mission and vision statements, two (2) overarching strategic governance goals, six (6) key deliverable outcomes, seven (7) key strategies, and twenty-eight (28) strategic action steps.


LexArts, the unified arts agency and local arts council for the City of Lexington, KY and the surrounding Bluegrass region began its strategic planning process with Burcham Solutions.  The planning dialogues revolved around its grant-making processes for supporting local arts organizations, understanding and clarifying its public awareness, influence, and impact in the community, and the sufficient infrastructure required for continued growth and success.  The 3-year strategic plan that was unanimously approved by the LexArts Board included revised mission, vision, and value statements, three (3) overarching strategic governance goals, twelve (12) key deliverable outcomes, twelve (12) key strategies, and thirty-four (34) strategic action steps.

Lexington History Museum

The Lexington History Museum engaged Burcham Solutions to work with the Board of Trustees on developing a new strategic plan that would lead the organization forward since closing its doors to the public in 2012.  The planning effort resulted in new mission and vision statements and aggressive goals around preservation, partnerships, programming, and its physical and virtual presence, which included reopening to the public.  Upon completion of the strategic plan, Burcham Solutions conducted the search process to hire a new Executive Director and to build a new comprehensive fundraising plan, which included creating the organization’s first fundraising database on Bloomerang.  The museum successfully reopened to the public in August 2023.

Markey Cancer Foundation

The Markey Cancer Foundation is the 501c3 fundraising arm of the Markey Cancer Center of the University of Kentucky.  BurchamSolutions was engaged to work with the Foundation CEO and Board of Directors to develop a new strategic plan which included raising funds to support the Cancer Center’s objective to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).  Upon completion of the strategic plan, Burcham Solutions was engaged to assist the Foundation in managing the Markey Cancer Foundation Campaign for World-Class Cancer Care.  The fundraising campaign is on-going and the Markey Cancer Center successfully received its status as an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center in June 2023.

Society for Advancement of Chicano, Hispanics, and Native Americans in Science

The Society for the Advancement of Chicano, Hispanics, and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), a national membership organization of 8,200+ members based in Santa Cruz, CA, fosters the success college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. With the recent departure of their Executive Director, the SACNAS board confronted a period of uncertainty and instability when it engaged Burcham Solutions to guide its strategic planning efforts.  The SACNAS Board President led the strategic planning effort that resulted in the approval of a new 5-year plan.  The plan focused on three (3) overarching strategic goals, seven (7) deliverable outcomes, and seven (7) key strategies that are designed to grow SACNAS networks and membership; strengthen SACNAS programming to impact individual members at every stage of their academic and career journey; and build the data and advocacy capacity to influence the STEM enterprise.

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