CASE STUDY

Rock & Soul Forever Foundation

OBJECTIVE

Helping Rock & Soul 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.

Launched by Little Steven Van Zandt and the Founders Board of Bono, Jackson Browne, Martin Scorsese, and Bruce Springsteen, The Rock & Soul 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.

Since 2020, VGA has worked closely with RSFF to standardize its financial reporting in preparation to pursue grant applications. VGA also helped RSFF 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 RSFF 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 RSFF supporters remain engaged with the foundation and its mission. 

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

“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 & Soul Forever Foundation