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Helping Do-Gooders to Do More

Breakaway Strategic Consulting

Organizational Development & Strategy

Are you trying to take your mission-driven organization to the next level? We can help.

Organizational consulting provides a full assessment of the management, communications, oversight, mission alignment, strategy, and systems your team needs for growth and success. We can then coach implementation and provide ongoing support for managers and executives.

We can also help develop a strong strategy or analysis to power your campaign for change.


Do you need more resources to achieve your social impact goals? We can help.

Our fundraising consulting will provide a comprehensive assessment of your development program. This includes small dollar, major donor, foundation, and institutional giving. We can then provide ongoing coaching to implement the suggestions outlined in the assessment. 

Limited grant writing services are available.

Executive Coaching

Does it sometimes feel lonely at the top? We know that feeling.

Social change executives often struggle with a lack of investment, mentorship, and support. Drawing on several decades of experience, we can provide coaching to get through a difficult period, reach the next height, or develop a new, emerging leader. Sometimes, even having a sounding board is enough to clarify an executive's thinking.


Breakaway Strategic Consulting is operated by Ryan Bates

from Ann Arbor, Michigan. After 20 years as an organizer,

campaign manager, and progressive leader, Ryan has the

experience to help you tackle big problems.


Ryan is the founder and former exuective director of

Michigan United and Michigan People's Campaign.

When the organization started, Ryan was it's sole

employee,working out of the trunk of his car. 12 years

later, the organizations had grown to 35 staff, a budget

of $5 million, with offices in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint and Kalamazoo-- the largest community organizing group in the state. There, he helped lead major successful campaigns for immigrants rights, criminal justice reform, the environment, affordable health care, housing, and workers rights.

Prior to Michigan United, Ryan spent two cycles with the Michigan House Democrats, where he ran successful state house races all across the state.




"Ryan coached me as a new executive director. He helped me to understand not only the nuts and bolts of the role, but how to make hard decisions, without fear of the results. We're now set up for the next step in our justice journey."

Ken Whittaker, Executive Director, Michigan United



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