East Bay Sanctuary Covenant

Berkley, CA
Spring-Summer 2021
Project Type
Full team
Project Focus
Business Plans,
Organization Type
Children, Youth & Families,
Community or Economic Development,
Human Services


Founded in 1982 in response to civil war in Central America, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (EBSC) provides legal services, community organizing, and transformative education to over 10,000 refugees and undocumented immigrants yearly. EBSC has expanded its geographic reach and currently helps immigrants and asylum seekers from 60 countries across the Americas, Asia, and Africa achieve legal status, citizenship, and well-being as they overcome extraordinary obstacles. Its Refugee Rights Program provides free and low-cost legal services for people escaping all forms of violence and persecution. To date, EBSC has helped over 5,000 people apply for asylum with a 97.6 percent success rate. EBSC offers other legal services and in 2006 launched its Community Development and Education program, which provides educational and leadership development, social service referrals, home-based ESL tutoring and classes, and preparation for the U.S. citizenship exam. Its Transformation Education program offers opportunities for students and volunteers to gain training and immersive experiences in a legal immigration services organization. 


How does East Bay Sanctuary Covenant solidify its infrastructure for long-term financial sustainability after experiencing rapid organizational growth over the last five years?


East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (EBSC) has transformed over the last 40 years from a grass-roots, primarily volunteer-run organization to a mature entity with 21 full-time employees and a $1.7M budget. EBSC has increased the size of its staff providing direct services and programs to the growing low-income immigrant community it serves. While EBSC has maintained profitability, it recognizes the need to plan its operations and forecast its finances beyond a year at a time. It also plans to evolve its management infrastructure including financial governance and the role of the Board of Directors.

Project Objectives

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant seeks assistance in the development of a strategic 3-5 year financial plan that incorporates the optimal administrative structure for long-term success. Creating the plan will require a comprehensive assessment of EBSC’s business strategy, model, needs, and story. Financial governance and fundraising strategy are two potential areas to address in more depth to fortify the underlying business model and thereby the financial plan.


This is a Full Team project:

  • Scope: High-priority organizational challenge involving strategy or management
  • Team Size: 4-6 consultants, including 1-2 project leaders
  • Project Duration: 5-6 months
  • Estimated time Contribution: Team member: 3-4 hrs/week, Project leader: 5-6 hrs/week

Read more about the Full Team Project Consultant role and the Project Leader role.