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About GCR Consulting LLC

Genita Robinson’s experience, passion, and skills for raising awareness and building support for unique causes has earned her the respect of clients, colleagues, political figures, and the media alike.

Genita founded GCR Consulting LLC, her Chicago-based advisory practice, in 2008. A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School with legal experience in commercial litigation and juvenile justice, Genita has focused the last 20 years of her career on non-profit, education, government, and political sectors. Leveraging her broad experience and her relationships with a vast network of mission-focused institutions and service providers, Genita is able to make warm introductions and connections that benefit her clients.

GCR Consulting has the agility to meet the needs of clients. By partnering with other consultants with complementary skills, we are able to handle projects of varying sizes and scopes.

GCR Consulting is MBE/WBE certified with the City of Chicago.

OUR SERVICES

“I am grateful to have worked with Genita in developing Willie’s Warriors at Chicago Foundation for Women – a leadership program for black women in Chicago. She stepped up and filled in to provide much needed additional support with little fanfare when the organization needed it. She was organized, thoughtful, reliable and brought her full set of experiences and networks to the initiative.”
– K Sujata, Former President/CEO, Chicago Foundation for Women

Strategic Planning

Setting goals and developing strategic plans

Professional Development

Providing professional development/coaching to non-profit executives, political leaders, and aspiring candidates

Educational Programs

Establishing policy and creating authorization and renewal processes for educational programs

Program Development

Designing, evaluating, or re-designing programs to align with goals and resources

Training and Recruitment

Training and recruiting Board Members

Project Management

Leading an organisation on an interim basis or providing project management

Grantmaking

Advising on and implementing effective grant-making

Community Outreach

Creating community outreach strategies and execution plans

Our Clients

We are privileged to have worked with:

  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (volunteer)
  • Chicago Debates
  • Chicago Foundation for Women
  • Cong. Jan Schakowsky’s Ultimate Women’s Power Lunch (volunteer)
  • Forefront
  • Friends of Will Burns
  • Hon. Mary Ann Smith
  • Illinois Equal Justice Foundation
  • iMentor
  • The Inclusive Collection
  • Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth
  • Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation
  • Pilot Light
  • Right Transportation
  • TÆNKE LLC

Our Projects

“Genita is a very effective strategic thinker and leader. She has built the Mission Sustainability Initiative (MSI) into one of the most comprehensive and impactful funder collaboratives focused on nonprofit collaborations and mergers in the country. She has created the relationships, infrastructure, goodwill, and trust that engages key diverse stakeholders. She has positioned the MSI for even greater success in the future.”
– Eric Weinheimer, President & CEO, Forefront

  • Board and Leadership Training

    Genita’s passion and expertise for developing effective boards and leaders comes from her extensive experience. She was a Board Member of The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) Fellows Association, Cook County Justice for Children, and the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership. She is a graduate of IWIL, LGC, and Edgar Fellows, and she also served on the Board of Ethics for the City of Chicago and the Serve Illinois Commission

    Results:

    • Genita worked with a longstanding nonprofit whose board had approximately two dozen members. Board meeting attendance was very low (less than 50%) as was board giving, with one-third of members giving less than $250 and 20% donating $50 or less annually. Genita worked closely with the Governance Committee to reduce the size of the Boards through a new 360-degree evaluation process. Approximately one-third of the Board members resigned or were removed. Board attendance climbed to 75% and was trending upwards at the end of the engagement. The Board achieved a 100% giving rate, with remaining members increasing their gifts. After less than two years, the Board brought on three new members and had three additional new members in the pipeline.
    • Genita provided a series of training for a year to smaller nonprofit to assist them in their transition from a founding board to governing board. After the first training, which focused on roles and responsibilities, the Board: developed and implemented an orientation and exit process; recruited two new Board members; and restructured Board committees including elimination of one. Follow up trainings, including one focused specifically on the Board’s role as fundraisers, resulting in a 50% increase in the number of Board members making personal cash gifts and several formerly reluctant members setting individual plans for how they would do outreach for the organization’s year-end appeal.

  • Outreach and Engagement

    Genita has a demonstrated ability to build support for candidates and causes. In her two runs for public office, she raised -hundreds of thousands of dollars- and received endorsements from both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune

    Results:

    • Genita co-chaired the second largest Ultimate Women’s Power Lunch for Congresswoman’s. Jan Schakowsky’s with over 1800 in attendance.
    • Genita served as an Illinois Finance Committee member for President Obama’s 2008 campaign helping to raise early support for the then first-term U.S. Senator.
    • For Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth, Genita increased net receipts for their annual fundraising dinner by 200% in three years.

  • Strategic Planning

    Genita acts quickly and create positive results on short on long-term projects and systems change.

    Results:

    • For Forefront, Genita manages the high-profile Mission Sustainability Initiative (MSI), which focuses on providing technical assistance, resources, and education to nonprofits interested in long-term or permanent partnerships. Accomplishments include:
      • Serving as the program officer to the 16 funders on the Funders Committee, which meets six times a year
      • Convening a 28-member Advisory Committee, comprised of nonprofit leaders, foundation representatives, and advisors to nonprofits,
      • Educating nonprofits on strategic partnerships through presentations, webinars, and panels, including those hosted by other organizations including Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Fund, Illinois CPA Society, the Philanthropy Club, the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation, and the Turnaround Management Association
    • During her tenure at the Chicago Public Schools, Genita led multiple school creation and evaluation processes, including drafting the first Renaissance 2010 RFP. She also advised school leaders on accessing external resources and allocating limited funds in support of their academic goals. Genita oversaw a 25% growth in the number of students served and the opening of 10 new campuses in one year.

  • Project Management

    Genita works with her clients to refine their goals and translate those goals into long-term plans and immediate action steps.

    Results:

    Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth provides cash and in-kind support to community based mentoring programs. Starting through an engagement as interim Executive Director, Genita worked with the Board to develop and implement at strategic plan that grew the board, increased revenue, and rationalized the grant-making process to ensure organization’s future and its continued ability to support one-on-one mentoring in Chicago. Specific results included:

    • Building an engaged Board with new members and a Board committee structure which reflected the priorities of the organization’s strategic plan
    • Diversifying revenue through the creation of a year-end giving program
    • Focusing the grants on a smaller number of programs that could be incubated for growth and greater capacity

Board and Leadership Training

Genita’s passion and expertise for developing effective boards and leaders comes from her extensive experience. She was a Board Member of The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) Fellows Association, Cook County Justice for Children, and the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership. She is a graduate of IWIL, LGC, and Edgar Fellows, and she also served on the Board of Ethics for the City of Chicago and the Serve Illinois Commission

Results:

  • Genita worked with a longstanding nonprofit whose board had approximately two dozen members. Board meeting attendance was very low (less than 50%) as was board giving, with one-third of members giving less than $250 and 20% donating $50 or less annually. Genita worked closely with the Governance Committee to reduce the size of the Boards through a new 360-degree evaluation process. Approximately one-third of the Board members resigned or were removed. Board attendance climbed to 75% and was trending upwards at the end of the engagement. The Board achieved a 100% giving rate, with remaining members increasing their gifts. After less than two years, the Board brought on three new members and had three additional new members in the pipeline.
  • Genita provided a series of training for a year to smaller nonprofit to assist them in their transition from a founding board to governing board. After the first training, which focused on roles and responsibilities, the Board: developed and implemented an orientation and exit process; recruited two new Board members; and restructured Board committees including elimination of one. Follow up trainings, including one focused specifically on the Board’s role as fundraisers, resulting in a 50% increase in the number of Board members making personal cash gifts and several formerly reluctant members setting individual plans for how they would do outreach for the organization’s year-end appeal.

Outreach and Engagement

Genita has a demonstrated ability to build support for candidates and causes. In her two runs for public office, she raised -hundreds of thousands of dollars- and received endorsements from both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune

Results:

  • Genita co-chaired the second largest Ultimate Women’s Power Lunch for Congresswoman’s. Jan Schakowsky’s with over 1800 in attendance.
  • Genita served as an Illinois Finance Committee member for President Obama’s 2008 campaign helping to raise early support for the then first-term U.S. Senator.
  • For Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth, Genita increased net receipts for their annual fundraising dinner by 200% in three years.

Strategic Planning

Genita acts quickly and create positive results on short on long-term projects and systems change.

Results:

  • For Forefront, Genita manages the high-profile Mission Sustainability Initiative (MSI), which focuses on providing technical assistance, resources, and education to nonprofits interested in long-term or permanent partnerships. Accomplishments include:
    • Serving as the program officer to the 16 funders on the Funders Committee, which meets six times a year
    • Convening a 28-member Advisory Committee, comprised of nonprofit leaders, foundation representatives, and advisors to nonprofits,
    • Educating nonprofits on strategic partnerships through presentations, webinars, and panels, including those hosted by other organizations including Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Fund, Illinois CPA Society, the Philanthropy Club, the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation, and the Turnaround Management Association
  • During her tenure at the Chicago Public Schools, Genita led multiple school creation and evaluation processes, including drafting the first Renaissance 2010 RFP. She also advised school leaders on accessing external resources and allocating limited funds in support of their academic goals. Genita oversaw a 25% growth in the number of students served and the opening of 10 new campuses in one year.

Project Management

Genita works with her clients to refine their goals and translate those goals into long-term plans and immediate action steps.

Results:

Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth provides cash and in-kind support to community based mentoring programs. Starting through an engagement as interim Executive Director, Genita worked with the Board to develop and implement at strategic plan that grew the board, increased revenue, and rationalized the grant-making process to ensure organization’s future and its continued ability to support one-on-one mentoring in Chicago. Specific results included:

  • Building an engaged Board with new members and a Board committee structure which reflected the priorities of the organization’s strategic plan
  • Diversifying revenue through the creation of a year-end giving program
  • Focusing the grants on a smaller number of programs that could be incubated for growth and greater capacity

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Client Testimonial

Genita was a huge help in providing advice and structure for my goals as I was starting my new business. She expertly guided me through the steps of the process and helped me to take the business idea from concept to reality. I would highly recommend Genita as a business advisor.

Tamara Jensen
PRESIDENT AND SENIOR CONSULTANT, TÆNKE LLC