Case Studies

The University and its Alumni Association engaged The Hill Group to evaluate its position within the market environment, determine the desired state of the Alumni Association, assess other organizations to identify areas for internal improvement, and develop a strategy that will provide a roadmap for three to five years.

The Hill Group was engaged to aid the The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and related system in responding to a legislative mandate requiring the identification of efficiencies within the system for reinvestment into areas that will improve student outcomes.

The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) was looking to enhance southwestern Pennsylvania’s economic competitiveness by identifying potential high-growth industries and related emerging workforce needs.

The Erie Conference on Community Development (ECCD) and the Erie Metropolitan Planning Organization (EMPO) wanted to more effectively manage and utilize public transportation assets to enhance economic development, improve public service delivery, reduce operating costs, and optimize revenues.

The Forbes Funds, a Pittsburgh-based foundation commissioned The Hill Group to conduct a study of the human service delivery system in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, to determine if there were opportunities to enhance the system’s capacity.

Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation receives the most NIH funding for women’s health research and has transformed the field. Through a strategic plan focused on global impact, The Hill Group helped MWRIF to identify critical priorities and investments for the next ten years that will transform women’s health research around the world.

A Georgia-based utility company recognized that employees are a critical asset to business operations. They desired more info on employees’ attitudes, opinions, and reactions to workplace issues. Our consulting team systematically gathered input on key issues to design a reliable, valid system for measuring a number of employee issues.

An industry trade association called upon The Hill Group to quantify the economic impact of Michigan’s new energy manufacturing.

A global telecommunications manufacturer desired to determine current customer interest in purchasing additional value-added products and services. The Hill Group also assessed customer acquisition, retention, and penetration by customer segment, particularly for value-added services and product packages.

The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies serves four distinct and diverse counties and amassed nearly $100 million in assets over its 30-plus years. The Hill Group performed primary and secondary market research and facilitated long-term planning to amplify CFA’s growth and impact and continue to position the organization at the forefront of community leadership.

The United Way engaged The Hill Group to assesses changes in community needs brought about by the economic downturn and to develop a strategy to maximize the impact of United Way resources on financially struggling adults and families in Allegheny County.

Manchester Bidwell was in a position to enhance the capacity and sustainability of the organization. Hill Group Consultants, with support from The Heinz Endowments, completed a three-phase project, including an organizational capacity review, strategic planning process, and business planning process.

The Community Foundation of the Northern Alleghenies, serving two counties in rural Pennsylvania with nearly $20 million in assets, engaged The Hill Group to reimagine its vision for the future, build capacity, and help prepare the organization for smooth leadership transitions through a single-day, high-impact planning retreat.

Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc. (PCSI), an agency to address causes of poverty and to eliminate its effects, engaged The Hill Group to conduct Phase II of its Community Needs Assessment throughout the City of Pittsburgh and to gain an understanding of the breadth and depth of needs held by city residents.

The Clinical Education Task whose mission was to develop recommendations that will expand the capacity of the clinical education system to allow an increase of more students in Pennsylvania’s nursing programs. They partnered with The Hill Group and identified and prioritized three major issues that influence clinical education capacity.

The Maryland Governor’s Workforce Investment Board (GWIB) wanted to address critical shortages in Maryland’s healthcare workforce and asked The Hill Group to manage and facilitate the Governor’s Healthcare Workforce Summit to engage stakeholders industry-wide in tackling this critical challenge.

In response to critical labor shortages across many important healthcare occupations, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was seeking to better understand the dynamics behind these troubling healthcare workforce trends, most notably an existing nursing shortage and a nursing workforce that was aging at a rate twice the national average.

The Community Foundation of Greene County set a bold vision to transform rural Greene County through growth of grantmaking. The Hill Group built a plan for asset growth that considered the foundation’s limited staff capacity while challenging it to think differently about community engagement, stewardship, and leadership for impact.

The Murrysville Parks & Recreation Foundation seeks to build a world-class parks and recreation ecosystem in the suburban community that is home to nearly 20,000 people. To do so, it recognized the need to engage residents and business owners, benchmark other ecosystems, develop strategy, and ramp-up fundraising.

Our client, a mid-sized university with over 5,000 students, was searching for answers on the feasibility of a potential esports program at their institution and a plan for program implementation.

Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) is one of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. ECSU was in need of a strategic plan that captured the unique value proposition of the University, while also creating buy-in across campus and within the community.

Foundation for Indiana University of Pennsylvania engaged The Hill Group to facilitate its strategic planning process, helping the Foundation to improve its alignment with the University, maximize the use of its housing assets, and plan for impactful investments to support students, faculty, and staff.