Our Approach

Because we work only with non-profits, we understand the pressures Executive Directors, Senior Leadership, and Boards face. You must deliver on multiple bottom lines. Engage staff and stakeholders. Drive performance. Cultivate support. Measure impact. Laridae has the experience and expertise you need.

We get your world.

Laridae takes an asset-based approach using positive and inclusive planning methods. We customize the work to fit your circumstances and needs. We know how to ask tough questions and listen hard. We work with you to produce strategy and plans that lead to action. When change is needed, Laridae’s strategic counsel helps boards and leaders manage transitions and thrive.

At Laridae, we know that non-profit organizations are not the same as private companies. Across Canada, leaders like you seek management consultants who share your values and worldview.

Working with Us

There are a number of different ways our clients engage us.

Defined Project: Clients often hire us on a project basis. Projects might last anywhere from a few weeks to many months. To do this, some issue formal Request for Proposals (RFP), or ask for a quote, to which we present our approach, scope, and pricing in response to the issued criteria. However, others simply call us. We discuss their needs and together we scope their project, agree on timelines, and fit it within their budget.

Examples of projects include: strategic planning, operational or organizational human resource (HR) reviews, government relations (GR) campaigns, or re-branding.

Retainer: Because we can help in so many different areas across an organization, some clients put us on retainer. We tend to work very closely with these clients in an ongoing way, but usually in smaller amounts such as a few hours a month, and over a longer period of time (typically retainers are yearly). By pre-purchasing a fixed number of hours each month, EDs call us whenever they want immediate help. It guarantees them that we’ll be available to help them right away, and that they’ll be working with a consultant who already knows their organization deeply. Sometimes it’s strategic advice with an emerging HR issue, or a board governance quandary. Sometimes it’s a crisis and they need urgent PR and GR help. While other times, clients need ongoing coaching for managers or leaders, or boards. There’s no one way that’s typical. It just depends on what an organization’s needs are, and how much and how frequently they require our assistance.

Hourly: Organizations large and small can always call us for help. Maybe it’s just for an hour or two to work through a tough problem. Or, perhaps it’s an evolving situation that isn’t easily scoped, so we agree to work together for a fixed period of time, and re-evaluate at, say, the 10-hour mark. We always do our best to accommodate these “out of the blue” calls.

Fixed Price: There are some services we offer that are akin to “packages” and have fixed prices, such as staff or board training.

If you’d like to discuss your needs, contact us today!