Innovators in Rural Community Economic Development

Types of Clients

Our clients include citizen groups, non-profit organizations, federal, state, and local governments, foundations, universities, and others. We help our clients clarify their goals, discover their development choices and identify and implement effective solutions.  We enjoy the challenge of working on the ground with diverse stakeholders and with clients who care about results. The types of Yellow Wood clients are described as follows.

Education/Research Institution describes organizations founded for particular work, such as education, promotion of the arts, or scientific research.

Non-profit refers to organizations whose purpose is to serve a public or mutual benefit other than the pursuit or accumulation of profits for owners or investors. The non-profit sector is also referred to as the third sector, independent sector, voluntary sector, philanthropic sector, social sector, tax-exempt sector, or the charitable sector.

For-profit refers to organizations that are established or operated with the intention of making a profit.

Citizen Group describes citizen-initiated, voluntary associations, which attempt to influence or advise decision-makers. They may or may not have nonprofit designation.

Federal Agency is an administrative unit of federal government to serve specifically assigned purposes across the legislative, judicial and executive branches of the government.

State Agency is an administrative unit of state government to serve specifically assigned purposes across the legislative, judicial and executive branches of the government.

Local Government refers to administrative units of counties, towns, and municipalities.

Foundation describes institutions supported by an endowment that often provide funds for charities or research.

Network/Collaborative describesorganizations and people that may be geographically distributed and have chosen to collaborate to better achieve common or compatible goals through a formal network or collaborative structure. 

Quasi-governmental describes organizations that are supported by the government, but are managed privately.

Regional Development Organization (RDO) describes regional planning and development organizations, which are public-based entities that foster intergovernmental collaboration among federal, state and local officials to solve regional issues and to support sustainable communities and economies.  RDOs are also known as: councils of governments, economic development districts, local development districts, planning and development districts, regional councils, regional development commissions, regional planning commissions and other types of multi-jurisdictional development entities around the country. Adapted from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO).



Client Feedback

I am writing to commend Yellow Wood Associates - and you personally - for your assistance with Vermont Environmental Consortium's recent strategic planning process. I was pleased that "You Get What You Measure®" was easily explained to participants, and that its very nature - interesting and fun - stimulated my board to think creatively and positively. I can only describe YGWYM as a technology that takes in a jumble of inchoate and often contradictory ideas about mission, vision, values, policies, priorities, goals, objectives, measures, etc., processes them, and turns them out as coherent, explicit planning prodcuts. In sum: terrific! I commend your work highly, and I will be happy to offer my recommendation to other organizations considering Yellow Wood for planning consultation and facilitation.

Daniel Hecht, VEC Executive Director