#31–Profound Gentlemen – Planning and Growth

In January 2018, our team partnered with a passionate, mission-driven, and thoughtful organization set to genuinely impact the educational experience of young male students of color in classrooms around the country. Profound Gentlemen’s mission is to build a community of male educators who provide a profound additional impact on boys of color. This mission is accomplished by offering programming focused on retaining and developing male teachers of color. We partnered with Profound Gentlemen through our Community Support services to develop a market-based strategic plan and to offer board development support that would guide their growth for the coming years.

Our team leveraged our unique process to connect with stakeholders from across the country, including teachers, school leaders, and foundations to understand the needs and realities of the market. Insights from these conversations, coupled with ongoing meetings to better understand Profound Gentlemen’s model, allowed us to formulate a strategic plan that includes key goals for the next three years. Additional aspects of this partnership included board development services, budget analysis, and increasing earned revenue services with school partners.

SchermCo founder Greg Schermbeck shared that “Jason, Mario, and the entire PG team are remarkable. Their ability to build community and support male educators of color is unmatched across the country. It was our honor to partner with PG as they grow their impact for years to come”.

With continued support to implement key phases of their strategic plan, Profound Gentlemen aims to deepen their impact within North Carolina and the four other program cities. Specifically, the strategic plan establishes a set of actions to obtain a goal of serving 800+ male educators of color in North Carolina by 2022. Co-founder Jason Terrell expressed “SchermCo has helped Profound Gentlemen plan for future sustainability. Through our strategic plan, we have had the opportunity to communicate our strategic direction with potential funders, school partners, community members, and Gentlemen. We are looking to enter an implementation phase with SchermCo and ready to begin putting the puzzle together”.

To learn more about this project or other services offered by SchermCo, please email Ana Cunningham, ana@scherm.co. Lastly, follow our journey and say hi on one of our social media platforms: FB, IG, and Twitter.

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