VGA’s secret sauce is respect for their clients--they didn't come in as outsiders to make us look like them, they joined our team to help us be our best selves, and it's working.” – Bill Carbone, Executive Director, Rock & Roll Forever Foundation

Rock & Roll Forever Foundation

Launched by Little Steven Van Zandt and the Founders Board of Bono, Jackson Browne, Martin Scorsese, and Bruce Springsteen, The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation’s TeachRock curriculum empowers teachers and engages students by using popular music to create interdisciplinary, culturally responsive education materials for all 21st-century classrooms.

OBJECTIVE:

Helping Rock & Roll Forever Foundation develop organizational best-practice policies and structure; raising critical operating funds; increasing awareness of the organization and its mission.

STRATEGY:

Mentoring executive staff; creating/updating internal best-practice policies and procedures; managing board development; advising on in-depth evaluation process; developing comprehensive donor communication plan; submitting customized funding proposals.

RESULTS:

Since 2020, VGA has worked closely with RRFF to standardize its financial reporting in preparation to pursue grant applications. VGA also helped RRFF revise its bylaws, restructure its board, and implement nonprofit best-practice policies to help stabilize and solidify the organization for the future. VGA’s guidance and leadership on infrastructure improvements resulted in RRFF navigating the 2020 pandemic positively and ending the year with increased teacher/student engagement and a budget surplus.

In addition, VGA created a comprehensive donor communication plan to assure that RRFF supporters remain engaged with the foundation and its mission.

VGA also continues to mentor RRFF executive and financial services staff members, as well as provide fundraising advice and expertise to ensure its future success.

"Our staff is awesome and has always been diligent, passionate, and wholly dedicated to our mission--all the elbow grease of which a foundation could dream! Previously, however, our missing adjective was "efficient." When VGA was first engaged, I worried they'd correctly assess our inefficiencies but miss the heart and soul that made us special. My fears were wholly misplaced. Instead, Vic and his team focused on the good they saw in us and used our best attributes to steer us toward our goals. A little less than a year later, we are transformed; our bookkeeping is cleaner, our internal and external communication is more impactful, and our leadership is more confident. VGA’s secret sauce is respect for their clients--they didn't come in as outsiders to make us look like them, they joined our team to help us be our best selves, and it's working." - Bill Carbone, Executive Director, Rock & Roll Forever Foundation