Nonprofit Challenge Projects

It is amazing what can happen when 29 exceptional people join together around a common goal! LCH is a very happy recipient of these wonderful tools.

-Ronan Gannon, LCC Class of 2016 and Board President of La Comunidad Hispana, 2018 LCC Project Host


From healthcare providers to community centers, local agencies gained guidance from Leadership projects over the years, including a marketing plan, program and facility revitalization plans, a strategic plan, and even a county-wide issue analysis presented to business and civic leaders.  For Leadership students, the project prepares them to act as engaged nonprofit board members who guide organizational development to better serve the public.


Class of 2019 Human Services, Inc. (, a community mental health center established in 1972, requested recommendations to inform strategic planning, specifically in the areas of marketing/communications to decrease the stigma associated with mental illness, enhance the organization’s visibility and reach, and connect more individuals with its extensive services. LCC project teams researched the social issue of mental health and the economic and political environment in which nonprofits operate. The class presented their final recommendations to a receptive Human Services Board a practical took kit for capacity building including board, staff and funding resource development, continuous improvement processes and improving community awareness of the value of their services.

Class of 2018  La Comunidad Hispana, a Federally Qualified Health Care Center in southern Chester County, received board and program development plans. LCH has LCC graduates on its board and practical tools to recruit and engage all in expanding services and sustaining organizational growth.

Class of 2017   Succession planning recommendations for Clarifi, a nonprofit financial counseling organization promoting self-sufficiency and for Handi-Crafters, Inc., a nonprofit providing employment services for those with disabilities; also a business plan for a new initiative considered by Good Works, Inc. which provides repairs for low-income homeowners to stay warmer, safer and drier

Class of 2016   Recommendations for collegiate success and improved campus utilization for Church Farm School,  a nonprofit college preparatory school that makes its tuition financially accessible for boys

Class of 2015   Recommendations for reaching new target populations for Coatesville Area Senior Center and Domestic Violence Center of Chester County

Class of 2014    Business plans for program expansion for Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center and for Youth Mentoring Partnership

Class of 2013     Outreach Plan for Shared Housing Program of Home of the Sparrow 

Class of 2012     Business plan for permanent Parkesburg food pantry, Chester County Food Bank

Class of 2011     Program development, executive succession and board development plan, Adult Care of Chester County

Class of 2010     Strategic plan, Phoenixville Area Community Services

Class of 2009     Issue analysis with recommendations for collaborative affordable housing

Class of 2008     Resource development plan, Neighborhood Health Agencies, Inc.

Class of 2007     Workforce development and marketing plan, Handi-Crafters, Inc.

Class of 2006     Playground revitalization plan, West Chester Area Day Care Center

Class of 2005     Marketing plan, Coatesville Area Community Center (no longer operational)

Class of 2004     Marketing plan, Maternal and Child Health Consortium

Class of 2003     Transitional housing program development plan, Safe Harbor of Greater West Chester

Class of 2002    Business development plan including site location survey, board development and fund raising plan, Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center