Kolibri Associates officially incorporated in October 2019. Our story starts back in 2014 when Heather as the new Executive Director of a struggling nonprofit, brought Dave on to oversee daily operations. Quickly, the two identified how to play off of each other’s strengths and developed a strong partnership. Within nine months of joining forces, their organization ended the fiscal year in the black for the first time in more than five years.
While working together, Dave and Heather had numerous conversations about creating sustainable impact in the nonprofit and education sectors. With almost forty years’ experience in those sectors between them, the two had quite a long list, including a wide array of skills and resources from strategic planning, program development, program evaluation, fund development, staff recruitment and evaluation, board training and evaluation, and marketing. After a couple of years, Dave left to go to work for the state department of economic development where he further refined his skill sets. Heather continued the upward trajectory of the nonprofit, doubling the staff size, expanding and developing new programs, and increasing income over 62% during her tenure.
The two remained in touch and continued their conversations about ideas that would be beneficial to nonprofit and educational institutions. Often those conversations evolved into a dream of developing a centralized source consulting business that supported nonprofits organizations in all aspects of operations. During the summer of 2019, the conversations changed from “in the future, we should” to “why not now”, and Kolibri Associates became a reality. The vision, mission, and belief statements of Kolibri Associates which you can read below are a reflection of those numerous conversations about the needs of nonprofit, education, and government organizations.
That all nonprofits regardless of size have access to the training and information necessary to fulfill their mission.
Innovation drives energy and expansion. Best practices offer stability and sustainability. It’s at the intersection of the two that organizations thrive.
Nonprofit leaders and staff need a trusted, comprehensive source of training and information.
The nonprofit sector is vast. Bringing together thought leaders from across the field is the best way to drive forward progress for the sector as a whole.
To provide nonprofits with access to the knowledge and skills of industry experts representing all areas of organizational functions.
You may wonder about the origin of our name. Kolibri means hummingbird. In many cultures, hummingbirds are considered to be messengers. Our company’s passion is serving as a centralized source of the information your organization needs to be successful. The hummingbird’s flight pattern involves forward and backward movements, hovering in one place and quick bursts of speed. This pattern is symbolic of the need to step backward to closely examine a situation, along with the ability to act quickly and agilely in emergent situations. By sharing the wealth of knowledge our consultants have with you, it’s our aim to help your organization successfully analyze your current strengths and needs, then equip you with the skills to flourish in the future.