Heather Baker’s professional expertise is in program development with emphasis on collaboration between organizations. Her work has included bridging public, corporate, academic, and not-for-profit sectors to create innovative programming, establish formal research studies, and develop supportive outreach initiatives that best address specialty population needs and advance stakeholders’ missions.
Baker served in progressive leadership roles for over 20 years before founding Connections for a Cause. Her focus is on producing tangible outcomes for clients related to program development initiatives. Consultations may involve seeking grant funding options through a foundation, a governmental source, or securing a community partner.
Program proposals are crafted to reflect the vision of stakeholders. Projects may start by conducting an extensive needs assessment of the client’s area of interest. Research methods encompass the identification of current and progressive practices within the field, as well as data and benchmarking information, to vet opportunities. Full proposals include performance metrics, budget schedules, and evaluation methodology, plus dissemination and sustainability strategies.
Baker’s passion continues to be grounded in the tenet of ensuring shared success for her clients through connections that advance their causes.