Earned Income Plan

Human Services

By Leslie K.

Exuberant Executive Director

Posted May 30, 2017

This project was


Jun 11, 2018

Matched with:

Devang S.

This project will save us $11,794 , allowing us to increase our marketing and on-line sales so that we can focus on providing local impact to struggling familes.

What We Need

  • Assessment and recommendations for income-generating activities that will complement the Organization's current mission and existing programs
  • Actionable steps necessary to implement recommendations, alongside estimates of upfront time and monetary investment required
  • Challenges and potential risks identified in pursuing the plan

How This Will Help

We need help marketing stuff (literally stuff). Our thrift stores generate 1/3 of our total revenues. We know we can increase sales but need help finding new markets and uses for our donated products. The Thrift Stores are a point-of-contact for donors and clients and we hire local folks... it provides a rigorous feedback loop for all of our programs.
Yet- we have great items left over with no market... Who can we sell to? new clothes, fancy china, vintage bags, working dishwashers... we need help with Craigslist, Ebay, and any other on-line tools to increase sales and prevent waste.

What We Have In Place

We currently have income-generating, totally awesome thrift stores, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have tons of volunteers, lots of product, integrated and impactful programs, and the ability to provide any other information you need.

Fun Fact

Greater Goods Thrift Stores started as community-wide garage sale a decade ago and now are part of the bedrock of our community!
We have two stores a "traditional" thrift store and a second (newer) resale furniture store. We just opened 7 days-a-week- Sunday sales have increased five-fold in 4 weeks!

  • Location: Remote (work anywhere)

Project Steps

Prep: Distribution of Prep Materials
  • Volunteer Manager provides all relevant marketing and branding materials, including but not limited to annual reports, fundraising collateral, website copy and information on representative stakeholders such as donors, advocates, and constituents served
Milestone 1: Analysis and Feedback
  • Professional provides initial analysis of existing programs, constituents served, and representative supporters
  • Professional and Volunteer Manager brainstorm potential revenue-generation streams and potential target markets
Milestone 2: Recommendations
  • Professional provides recommendations for most promising revenue streams, target markets and customers/supporters
  • Volunteer Manager provides feedback, and a specific revenue stream is chosen
Milestone 3: Delivery of Plan
  • Professional provides the actionable steps, costs, and time estimates involved in developing the income stream
  • Professional outlines key milestones and performance indicators to help assist the Organization as they execute the plan
  • Professional outlines and challenges to be aware of as the Organization executes on plan should also be laid out
Prerequisites for Professional
  • Background in business development, entrepeneurship, or strategy consulting
Prerequisites for Organization
  • Staff member involved in either financial or strategic planning committed to this project
  • Business plan in place, or demonstration of clear mission, goals and strategies
  • Clear idea of earned income stream(s) that would serve your mission well

Our Mission

Our Mission Through community partnerships and direct services, we assist local families and individuals in recovering from setbacks and achieving their full potential. Our Vision We strive to be the center of social support services in the Hightstown/East Windsor area, building a cohesive environment where families thrive and feel optimistic about their future.

  • City: Hightstown, NJ, USA
  • Staff Size: 6-25
  • Org age : More than 25 Years
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Devang provided us a strategy to develop a complete on-line store front. His responsiveness to our unique needs and research for choosing the best programs and platforms is the foundation of our future enterprise.
Leslie Koppel
Leslie K.

Project Manager

Earned Income Plan Project

(No testimonial has been submitted by Devang)