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UpCity Consulting

redesigning organizations for greater impact

How We Think

How We Think

At UpCity, we believe organizations and companies are most stable and sustainable when they operate like businesses with heart.

 

UpCity consultants are highly creative, wickedly sharp, and impressively resourceful. We are also professional, fast, and affordable.

WE AFFIRM

Delight, prosperity and social innovation

Representative short- and long-term strategic action plans

Efficient, dynamic organizational systems and structures

Diversified revenue streams, including earned income

Fairly compensated employees who relish work/life balance

Professional, collaborative boards

Hearty laughter and candid conversation

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WE PROTEST

Martyrdom, scarcity, and static thinking

Top-down, long-term strategic plans that live on a shelf

Absent or fractured structures and systems

Dependence on a single funding stream, e.g., grants

Underpaid staff battling burnout

Unprofessional, disengaged boards 

Cynicism and murky communication

 

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What We Do

What We Do

UpCity consultants strengthen and stabilize communities, as well as the nonprofits and businesses that serve them.

 

Our innovative approaches are holistic in scope and carefully tailored to an agency's specific goals and objectives.

EXPERTISE

EXPERIENCE

EQUITY AND INCLUSION

  • Culture assessment and transformation

  • Recruitment, onboarding, and retention strategies to support diverse teams

  • Digital and remote workforce tools to cultivate connection and belonging

ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Short- and long-term strategic plan development and implementation

  • Board/staff recruitment and training

  • Executive coaching, interim management, and founder transition support

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

  • Complex, short- and long-term planning

  • Social enterprise and earned income opportunities development

  • Public relations, marketing, and communication, including social media

OPERATIONS  MANAGEMENT

  • Team collaboration tool implementation (e.g., Slack, Zoom, Asana, Basecamp)

  • Constituent database assessment, recommendations, and integration, with special expertise in Salesforce, Raiser's Edge, DonorPerfect, and Little Green Light

Workshops

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Who We Serve

Our talented team members have worked for and consulted with many reputable organizations around the world:
Africa Bridge

Airway Science for Kids, Inc.

American Lung Association

Assistance League of Greater Portland

Black Parent Initiative

Community Cycling Center

Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

Earthrise at Lewis & Clark Law School

Medical Teams International

Mercy Corps

MODE Studios

Multnomah Education Service District

OPAL Environmental Justice

Olivia Travel
OPEN Schools

Oregon Entrepreneurs Network

Oregon Health & Science University 

Oregon Humanities

Portland Community Football Club

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Portland Community College

Start Making a Reader Today (SMART)

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette

University of Oregon

U.S. Peace Corps

Who We Serve
Our Team

Our Team

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Rebecca 'Beck' Channer
FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL
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A dynamic NGO leader and passionate social entrepreneur, Beck brings over 20 years of international experience stewarding diverse communities, families and children.

Beck greets every personal and professional interaction through a lens of equity and belonging. She holds herself accountable as both anti-racist and accomplice in the pursuit of social justice.

 

Beck's primary areas of expertise: executive coaching; strategic organizational development; people management; systems design and implementation; and leadership transitions.

 

Beck has worked closely with small, grassroots organizations, as well as large, professional companies both in the United States and abroad. She also served as a community development volunteer with the Peace Corps in Namibia.

Alongside an expansive career in the NGO sector, Beck is a graduate of Founder Gym and created several unique social ventures over the years, most recently: CodeBreakers. She is also a head coach for Seth Godin's international altMBA program.

 

In 2023, Beck graduated with honors from a yearlong residency program in end-of-life/spiritual care at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Today she applies these skills as a pediatric hospice volunteer with George Mark Children's House and Anchor Health in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

In her free time, Beck is an avid bike commuter (one set of All-City wheels in particular), tireless idea generator, and Chicago-style pizza connoisseur.

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Testimonials

LISA PERRIN
IT Project Manager,
MACRO.CSS

"Rebecca was hired as CEO at a time of enormous transition in the organization. The project I was managing was already underway when she arrived and she immediately added value. She jumped aboard, got up to speed quickly and provided leadership and support at critical junctures. She was an ideal manager to work for because she trusted me to do my job but was decisive and available when I needed her. She has an amazing ability to get down in the weeds but still see the big picture." 

MICHAEL ACHTERMAN
Program Officer,
Oregon Community Foundation

“Rebecca is a passionate, motivated, and well-organized leader committed to developing and executing complex and challenging projects and initiatives. Her writing and team-oriented approach was key to producing high-quality work. She treats coworkers with tremendous respect and is a true mentor. I highly value Rebecca's talents, visionary leadership, and positive attitude. She is an exceptional asset to non-profit organizations, research groups, schools, and businesses alike.”

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Contact

Contact Us

UpCity Consulting
 

Email

contact@upcityconsulting.com

 

Rates

We offer sliding scale rates based on an organization's budget size, ranging from $175-$250 per hour. Project-based agreements receive a 10% discount.

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