Welcome to SPJC

A full-service consulting firm focused on helping organizations, particularly not-for-profits and higher education institutions, strengthen performance through solid capacity building, program strategy, risk assessment and operations policies and procedures.

Created by Sarah Johnson, SPJC is dedicated to serving those who serve others. With a passion for higher education and not-for-profit organizations, Ms. Johnson brings her many years of business and non-profit experience to every client and every project.

SPJC helps organizations create or perfect formal ways to manage projects, develop strategic plans and initiatives, assess risk, build capacity and more. The company also assists with compliance issues, including investigations, policy and procedure development and emergency preparedness.

The company is based in Iowa and has developed a national reach. For more information, please contact Sarah at 563-424-7720.


A Brief History

Founded by Sarah Pohlmann Johnson, a professional with a wealth of experience in organizational operations, non-profit matters, employee relations, compliance and more. Ms. Johnson graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Human Organization Development and then got her law degree from DePaul University. Her background includes serving as general counsel for a liberal arts college, establishing her own non-profit organization, and working as a corporate litigator for law firms in Chicago and Denver.

Who We Are

<p>SPJ Consulting was founded by Sarah Pohlmann Johnson, a professional with a wealth of experience in organizational operations, non-profit matters, employee relations, compliance and more. <img class="align-left" src="http://spjc.biz/style/img/sarah.png" alt="image" />Ms. Johnson graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Human Organization Development and then got her law degree from DePaul University. Her background includes serving as general counsel for a liberal arts college, establishing her own non-profit, and working as a corporate litigator for law firms in Chicago and Denver. She brings years of positive experience and a passion for helping people work better whether they are on a college campus, working in an established organization, or trying to navigate the process of bringing a new vision to realty.</p>
<h3>ABOUT SPJC</h3>
<p>Welcome to SPJC, a full-service consulting firm focused on helping organizations, particularly not-for-profits and higher education institutions, strengthen performance through solid capacity building, program strategy, risk assessment and operations policies and procedures.</p>
<p>Any institution, whether a college, an inner city foundation or a football team will fail without quality leadership. While there are passionate people throughout the country dedicated to serving those in need, it can be a challenge to find leaders who fit within a given organizational framework and vision.</p>
<p>SPJC assists universities and non-profit organizations with quality leadership training, leadership operations management. The company realizes that having good leadership is just the first step, proper leadership that can champion a cause or vision is the optimal goal. </p>


Testimonials

"Sarah is able to combine her legal talent with a good understanding of how governance works at our institutions." President Steve Bahls, Augustana College

"From A-Z, SPJ Consulting was able to trouble shoot all aspects of our compliance needs allowing our team to focus on our mission."

"Thank you for a fabulous MUDVENTURE! The Junior League raised funds and awareness for our mission. The event was wonderful!" Junior League of the Quad Cities on inaugural race organized by SPJ Consulting.

What We Do

The company strives to be a resource to organizations working to build strength in their operations, people and community.
<h3>OUR EXPERTISE</h3>
SPJ Consulting has knowledge and experience in a broad range of operational areas including risk assessment, 501(c)(3) organizational management and corporate governance.
<h3>OPERATIONS</h3>
Universities and non-profits run into frequent challenges while attempting to fulfill their mission. From trying to create and execute successful events to risk management compliance, the list of operational roadblocks is enormous. SPJC was created to help manage “red tape” logistics, simplify and perfect operational protocol and give organizations the ability to focus on their core vision.

Sarah Johnson, founder of SPJ Consulting, is an attorney with years of experience at both colleges and law firms. Having been general counsel for a college, she understands the legal issues a university can run into, from student affairs to board governance. Having started her own non-profit, she is also aware the many operational concerns there are for organizations to manage. From 501(c)3 tax issues to contract negotiations for sponsorships, Ms. Johnson is well equipped and highly experienced in finding the best way to get the job done.
<h3>COMPLIANCE</h3>
Compliance requirements continue to increase and institutions must respond regardless of size and capacity.  SPJC navigates specific compliance projects and works to create sustainable compliance protocol.  Specific to higher education, through affiliation with the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), SPJC is able to assist colleges and universities stay abreast of compliance matters and develop institutional responses.
<h3>INVESTIGATIONS</h3>
Even the best planning cannot guarantee a problem-free world.  When crisis hits, SPJC can assist with identifying problem areas, provide independent reporting and suggest protocol to avoid repetition.
<h3>TASK-FORCE LEADERSHIP</h3>
Organizations have the people power to contribute to task-force initiatives; however, often “plates are full” when it comes to the time and commitment needed to drive the process.  SPJC provides the leadership and project management to efficiently engage stakeholders in initiative specific task-forces aimed to strengthen the mission of the organization.
<h3>NON-PROFIT GOVERNANCE</h3>
A critical component of any non-profit is the board of directors. Boards oversee the vision of an organization, employ key leadership and help develop unique and fruitful relationships for the organization. SPJC is dedicated to providing guidance for governing bodies including but not limited to board engagement, fiduciary oversight, strategic planning and risk management.
<h3>NON-PROFIT SUPPORT, ADMIN, PROGRAMMING, &amp; PLANNING</h3>
SPJC has years of experience helping organizations analyze operations and implement changes to increase efficiency.  This requires more than just an in-depth knowledge of how an organization operates. It requires a vision of how they could operate better, stronger. SPJC provides organizations with training, organizational consulting and support to improve capacity building, perform CEO optimization, craft inspiring strategic plans and more.


Variety of Help

<p><em>SPJ Consulting helps organizations develop formal ways to manage projects and operations. This includes a variety of areas, including but not limited to:</em></p>
<ul>
<li>Institutional Compliance</li>
<li>Board Governance & Shared Governance</li>
<li>Risk Management</li>
<li>Strategic Planning</li>
<li>Capacity Building & Fundraising</li>
<li>Special Event Management</li>
<li>IRS Form 990 and Form 1023 Assistance</li>
</ul>

Who We Help

SPJC focuses primarily on higher education and non-profit organizations. Having experience working for, creating and helping both types of entities, Ms. Johnson possesses a unique insight into the strengths and opportunities in both fields. The goal of SPJC is to strengthen organizations by providing knowledge and help in the areas most needed. In addition to being a gifted administrator and operations professional, Ms. Johnson recognizes the need for organizations to include an independent assessment as part of the growth and strengthening process.

SPJ Consulting was created to focus on the types of challenges that face not-for-profit organizations and higher education. At a time when fundraising challenges abound, governance issues are increasingly complex and all aspects of operations are increasingly litigious, SPJC ’s goal is to assist organizations in addressing their unique challenges and opportunities.
<h3>HIGHER EDUCATION</h3>
Whether raising funds for a new building or managing contracting logistics for an abroad experience, SPJC has a passion for helping institutions deliver on their vision for an unsurpassed college experience. Working with colleges and universities to perfect and update their operations requires in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of such organizations, and Ms. Johnson possesses just that. Having worked as general counsel of a college, she knows the day-to-day challenges faculty, boards and administrators face. Her background and expertise can help universities reduce risk, manage compliance, craft strategic initiatives and build capacity to deliver.
<h3>NON-PROFIT</h3>
The world of non-profits is broad and diverse. There are countless areas where people can serve.  SPJ Consulting can help organizations focus on delivering their mission without getting overwhelmed with necessary compliance and institutional infrastructure concerns.


Giving Back

<em>Founded by Sarah Johnson and supported by SPJ Consulting, yogaG benefits from the firm's expertise in programming, event planning, non-profit governance and administrative oversight</em>.
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<em>As active volunteers with a number of non-profit organizations, including United Way of the Quad Cities Area, members of the SPJ Consulting team continue to give back to the community while gaining insight into how organizations operate.</em>
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The company strives to be a resource for organizations working to build strength in their operations, people and community.
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SPJ Consulting has knowledge and experience in a broad range of operational areas including risk assessment, 501(c)(3) organizational management and corporate governance. A full-service consulting firm focused on helping organizations, particularly not-for-profits and higher education institutions, strengthen performance through solid capacity building, program strategy, risk assessment and operations policies and procedures.


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