Sample Consulting Projects
(Additional projects available upon request) 

Association of Regional Center Association, Sacramento, California

Conducted two workshops sessions on Future Planning at the ARCA Academy, a training event for statewide regional center board members. Sessions provided guidance on the strategic direction of a regional center, including strategic planning, hiring/oversight of an Executive Director, board/staff relationships and board roles and responsibilities/recruitment/development.

 

Sacramento Theatre Company, Sacramento, California

Researched and wrote a grant proposal for the National Endowment For The Arts Shakespeare In America program.

 

Lost But Not Forgotten, Roseville, California

Guidance and assistance planning and applying for incorporation and nonprofit 501(c)(3) designation. Guided organizational strategic planning, budget forecasting and preparation, and board development. After being a program of another organization, LBNF created an independent organization.

 

Actors Workshop of Sacramento, Sacramento, California

Researched and wrote grants to support Actors Workshop classes, programs and performances. Negotiated and contracted with a Fiscal Sponsor on behalf of the 30 year old Actors Workshop of Sacramento for receipt of approved grants and sponsorships. 

 

Animals At Peace, Foresthill, California

Guidance, strategic planning and assistance for a developing animal sanctuary becoming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Included preparation of non-profit 501(c)(3) application and materials, envisioning a strategic business and marketing plan and determining the framework of the future organization.

 

Saechao Collaborative Project, Sacramento, California

Following a request to assist two nonprofit health care agencies with preparing a grant proposal for Dignity Health Foundation, I worked with them to bring in three additional partners and create a project to serve organizational and community needs through collaboration of the agencies. Following working with the participants to identify and create the proposed project, I wrote a successful $150,000 grant proposal for the partnership including an oral presentation to a 20 member grant panel. Following awarding of the grant, I facilitated and guided group meetings and managed implementation logistics, attended Dignity Health Foundation workshops with the team required for grant recipients and guided implementation of the project.

 

Health For All, Sacramento, California

Assisted and guided the organization at a time of significant transition, I researched and wrote two annual regulatory agency reports. To help with funding and setting new directions, I researched and wrote several grants. One was a successful grant for a comprehensive self-assessment followed by writing and conducting the organizational survey and analysis. I also served as a member of an organizational restructuring committee made up of organizational representatives as well as outside experts.

 

MMC for Children and Families, Sacramento, California

For an agency in a transition period, I researched and wrote an initial marketing plan.

Working with the Executive Director and selected Board members, I wrote a planning proposal for a Community Partnership Advisory Council. Other work included researching and writing of three annual state and federal regulatory reports, grant writing and revision of portions of the HR employee manual.

 

Chelsea's Doggie Daycare, Lincoln & Santa Clara, California

A small business looking to expand and build upon existing success. Working with the owner, I helped with organizational development and creation of a comprehensive business plan to guide the future of the small business.

 

Lake County Arts Council, Lakeport, California

Through a grant received by the organization, I worked with the Board of Directors on the development of a strategic plan and board development for the county arts council.

  

Sample Consulting Recommendations

Lost but Not Forgotten cannot thank you enough for your expertise, help and encouragement in working to establish our 501c3.  After false starts with those that said they would help but didn’t or even charged us and accomplished nothing we found you, the true expert.   Your knowledge of the laws and the forms and the non-profit world is incredible.  The best part is you don’t just fill out the forms.  You have taught us the whys and what to do in the non-profit world.  Your encouragement has been invaluable.

 

Linda Warn, Founder and President, Lost But Not Forgotten


In his role writing a major grant for a partnership of five diverse organizations that had never worked together before, including HALO, Robert coordinated and facilitated multiple meetings of the partnership representatives, and synthesized the different information from the organizations into an excellent successful grant proposal. He is excellent at keeping us on point, gathering information, guiding us, and writes very well. He is very easy to work with and brings strong knowledge and skills to his work with us. Robert did a great job! And I look forward to working with him as things move forward on this project and others in the future.

  J. Miguel Suarez, Clinical Project Director
Health And Life Organization, Inc.
dba Sacramento Community Clinics

 

Volunteers in Victim Assistance (VIVA) is one of five organizations to collaborate on a successful partnership grant proposal to Dignity Health that Robert wrote for the group. He did an excellent job bringing the organizations together, pulling diverse information together and wrote an excellent grant for the partnership. In addition Robert prepared and delivered an effective oral presentation to the grant panel that received excellent feedback. Our grant was one of the few selected for funding.  He effectively facilitates meetings working on planning for future grants and project work. VIVA will continue to utilize him for future grants and projects.

  Carole McDonald, Executive Director, VIVA

 

Robert has been extremely valuable in helping us set up our non-profit. He is very professional, knowledgeable and an experienced consultant. His relaxed and easy going style instantly creates a sense of comfort and support. He is very good at listening to our ideas and then asking thought provoking questions that assist us in clarifying our direction. He is able to see the immediate tasks as well as hold the larger vision of where we are going. He is genuinely interested in helping us be successful in this process. We look forward to continuing working with him at all stages of the nonprofit development and would highly recommend him. We feel fortunate to have found him.

  Rich and Diane Jackson
Animals At Peace

 

Sample Employment References

I am a professional artist and art event promoter, and in both capacities I had the privilege of working with Bob during his term as the Executive Director of PlacerArts.

 In my experience, Bob Reich is an Executive Director who actually has a passion for the arts community in its entirety. He never favored one format or program over another and treated each project with all his energy and interest. He always appeared tireless to me and open to ideas and input from others. As an employee (Coordinator of PlacerArts Studios Tour) I was treated with the utmost respect and always given the room to do my job. If I needed or wanted direction or support, all I had to do was ask and Bob was there giving 100% of himself to the situation at hand.

 Bob is a quiet, intelligent man, with a patient manner and serious work ethic.

Chris Magisano

Owner, Maggie’s Meltdown

 

I served on the Board of Directors and on the Executive Committee in my capacity as President and Past President during Bob's tenure with the Arts Council and know that he served faithfully and ably as our Executive Director.

Bob supervised other employees well and worked well with volunteers, members and the Board of the Arts Council.

He is particularly capable of applying for and obtaining grant funding, a particularly valuable competency during these difficult economic times. Specifically, Bob secured two National Endowment for the Arts grants, the Irvine Foundation Marketing grant, and additional California Arts Council grants.

Bob, while sustaining and enhancing existing programs of the Arts Council, initiated and participated in new, innovative programs such as The Big Read and Poetry Out Loud. Bob increased our visibility in the community by his involvement with many other community organizations. He joined the Rotary Club of Marysville and was soon elected Secretary of the club.

Bob served on the Board of the 501(c)(3) group established to renovate the Sutter Theatre in Yuba City, served the Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce and chaired the silent auction for “Way Way Way Off Broadway”, a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Yuba City Scholarship Foundation. The Arts Council was the beneficiary of the proceeds of the silent auction.

During Bob's tenure as Executive Director, the Arts Council’s Borgamaria Lyric Opera Company's program expanded and, for the first time, performers were paid.

Bob is hard-working and highly motivated. He would be an asset to any organization.

David Anderson

Former Board of Directors President

Yuba Sutter Regional Arts Council

 

Mr. Reich worked very diligently at building inroads into the Yuba Sutter Community which would enhance the relationships between the Arts Council and the business community as well as the citizens of this community. Membership in the organizations he participated in including the Marysville Rotary Club, Way,Way,Way Off Broadway Planning Committee, Yuba Sutter Performing Arts Committee, The Acting Company, and many others that were delighted at his contributions.

Not only was Mr. Reich a very creative person but he was a visionary which is absolutely necessary in the Arts world. Robert was able to write grants for the Arts Council successfully and as a result several very large grants were awarded including two NEA Grants and a James lrvine Foundation Grant. Both of these grants are quite prestigious and definitely an outstanding achievement for our rural and very small Arts Council. 

l found Mr. Reich to be helpful, personable, and very intelligent. One of his strengths was his ability to write so very well. He was always very supportive of the activities of the Arts Council from our Very Special Arts yearly presentation to the Borgamaria Lyric Opera Company as well as a true champion of outreach of the Arts to our local schools.

Joaquina Calvo Johnson

Former President Yuba Sutter Regional Arts Council Board

 

I met Robert Reich while working for the City of Fairfield. Bob was hired to manage the Theater. Bob and I were both managers in the same Department – the Community Services Department. I have personally witnessed many positive changes that Bob was responsible for during his career with the City of Fairfield.

Bob Reich was responsible for taking a theater that was not successful to having sold out shows and productions. This theater previously had three or four shows during the summer. Bob developed complete entertainment family packages that successfully lead to sold out performances throughout the entire year. He was responsible for the first Veteran’s Day Parade that became a successful annual event. Bob began the Halloween Haunted House that provided entertainment for all members of the family. The list goes on and on. Bob was constantly busy coming up with innovative events for the City of Fairfield.

Janet Winslow

Vice President of WRI

Former City of Fairfield Director of Housing

 

During the 4 years I was the Community Services Marketing Manager for the City of Fairfield, CA, I had the pleasure of working with Bob Reich, who managed the City’s Arts and Community Events division. Bob is a dynamo and at the time he wore many different hats. He is an amazing planner and manager, and he brought performances to Fairfield the likes of which had never been seen before nor since. He manages a budget that is never quite large enough, and a varied, challenging staff, and somehow he manages to maximize both. As a person, he has a great sense of humor and has the ability to calmly hold it together when things get crazy. His understanding of the community and its interests, his talent for marketing, and his theatre management skills resulted in the steady increase in attendance and revenues.

Bob’s had lots of experience working with the varied groups we interact with as a public agency, including the Mayor and City Council, the City Manager, City department heads, the arts organizations, performers and of course, the public. Bob is creative, bright, and good-natured. Bob is one of those dedicated people who are very serious about their work and fun to work with.

Paula Diaz Strickland

Former Community Services Marketing Manager, City of Fairfield

 

Bob was a tremendous asset to our non-profit organization during the planning and execution of the Tomato Festival, the Candy Festival, Holiday Night of Lights, the annual Independence Day Parade and the Veterans Day Commemoration.

Bob worked with tremendous effectiveness with people from all walks of life. He was particularly sensitive to the needs of our diverse community. Our local military veterans worked very well with Bob as he coordinated elements for Solano County’s first Veterans Day Commemoration in 2001. The committee was at work on the commemoration while the country was in shock from the events of September 11, but Bob brought the existing details together with impromptu plans to add a public march to the parade. Adding this element helped many members of our community express their support for those who suffered while also expressing their appreciation for the veterans who have already served.

Each of our projects or events is planned against very demanding deadlines. Consistent and detailed planning is essential. Bob always rose to the task and his projects were always completed in a timely manner.

Emily Low

Former Executive Director Fairfield Downtown Association

 

As a member of the FVAA board, I worked closely with Bob Reich for several years. He was always very helpful in solving problems on issues that came up between the City of Fairfield and Fairfield Visual Arts Association. Again and again, I have heard only good comments from our board members in working with Bob.

Bob was new to his job as FCCA’s manager when FVAA was told by the Fairfield Community Services that we could no longer have our Juried Art Show at the Community Center, but had to move it to the Center for Creative Arts. We were told this without any warning from the city. This was very difficult for our members to absorb, but Bob worked very closely with us in solving all of the problems that came up because of the move. Every year after that he helped our organization work out the logistics of this big regional show. It grew and expanded and included many people of the community because of his skills in working with people.

Our ability to get more visual arts to more people in the community is because of Bob Reich. Very few cities are able to work easily with a group like ours, but Bob was always there for our requests and even if something we wanted was not possible, he helped us understand why. We worked closely with him to get the grants that we needed to fund our organization. He gave us guidance in getting the CAAP grants from the City of Fairfield that helped us so that we could fund the Juried Art Show, our very successful Children’s Workshops, and the gallery.

Rachel DeVries

Fairfield Visual Arts Association President

 

 

Additional references available upon request