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The Final Post: The End of The Canoe Group

Monday, December 30th, 2013

All things come to an end. Sometimes life overtakes us and this truth has taken on greater meaning for me over the past year.

It is with great sadness that I write this final post for The Canoe Group. With the passing of Marta Mellinger, founder and President of our firm, I will be shutting down The Canoe Group in early 2014.

Marta passed away on September 13, 2013, overtaken by a particularly rare and aggressive form of ovarian cancer.

You can read about Marta…

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Fine-Tuning Internal Alignment: University of Oregon in Portland

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Facilitating the work of a 14-member Planning Team, The Canoe Group designed and guided a process of research, discovery and dialogue to produce a Situational Analysis. Over 60 external and internal interviews, a review of institutional planning documents and the collection of unit baseline reports generated an overview of evolving strengths, weaknesses and lessons learned.

Partnering with Dianna Smiley, whose major donor and planned giving experience took lead on this project, The Canoe Group implemented research, data analysis, and garnered staff/Board alignment on priorities for change. We then recommended the redesign of Josephine Community Libraries, Inc.’s annual appeals strategy.

Upcoming Strategic Dialogues: Board or Staff Retreats

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The Canoe Group guides and facilitates leadership dialogues (sometimes these are called “retreats”) to achieve important decisions and outcomes. Learn how we approached our work with Oregon State Capitol Foundation and HouseCall Providers.