Allowance For Good
The Story

Allow Good

We worked closely with Allow Good helping build a sustainable business model to continue offering impact in the community, partnering with other organizations to maximize impact, and scaling their services for growth.


Allow Good is a network of Chicagoland teens ages 13 to 18 that partner together to learn about philanthropy and become global agents of change. The organization develops philanthropic leaders who cultivate global citizenship and empower others around the world to achieve their full potential.

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What They Sought

Ready to grow and move out of their initial stage of life, Allow Good approached Spectrum to analyze their organizational sustainability.  With many programs in place and a growing client base, “we were at a stage where we needed to take a deep look at our past, present and future,” recalls Aimee Long, Senior Director of External Relations for the organization.  Aimee and Allow Good’s Executive Director then put together a task force of senior leadership, board members and volunteers while Spectrum consultant Steve Strang designed a process to facilitate the analysis of Allow Good’s current market and their strategic direction for the future.

How Spectrum Helped

Allow Good’s Board of Directors understood the desired outcomes for their programs, but they hadn’t thought about how those outcomes translated into their overall impact.  To meet this need, Spectrum worked with the task force to articulate a statement of intended impact – a specific statement describing what the organization will accomplish and how it will be measured.  Allow Good’s statement of intended impact is as follows:
“Each year, Allow Good leads programming for teens focused on:

  • Exposure to the concepts of philanthropy both locally and globally
  • Education around becoming a philanthropic leader
  • Global engagement to become a lifelong global agent of change

With their statement of intended impact articulated, Spectrum introduced the organization to the matrix map as a tool to kick-start a conversation around what would need to happen to achieve that impact.  The matrix map is a visual representation of how an organization’s business lines work together to create impact and financial viability.

The Results

Following several facilitated discussions around the organization’s customized matrix map and associated strategic priorities, the task force developed specific, measurable goals for their future:

  • Building a sustainable business model to continue offering impact in the community
  • Partnering with other organizations to maximize impact
  • Scaling their services for growth

Long says the process was very successful.  Allow Good had reached a point where they needed guidance to ensure their sustainability for the future.  Many changes needed to occur for Allow Good to achieve their intended impact.  With Spectrum’s support, the organization identified the following priorities:

  • Decrease programs that offered lower impact with a higher cost than others
  • Transition away from individual students to widespread partnerships in the community, where the work of their students would see greater results and gather potentially greater support

With their strategic priorities in place, Allow Good has already made progress towards each goal and they were eager to share that news with their community.

Steve worked closely with our entire committee, comprised of Board, parents, students and staff. He listened to all and was very good at keeping us on track as we have a tendency to delve deep into details!

Mr. Long

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