Ragone Strategies and Initiatives is my advisory for businesses, nonprofits & arts projects on identification of potential clients and strategic use of target marketing and online initiatives.

Through broad strategic planning, fundraising and marketing, I convey an organization’s mission (or project’s goals) and engage partners in concrete actions. With a vast network of contracts in the arts and business community, I grow the base of support for organizations and initiative and connect them with the resources they need to fully achieve their goals.


Client Sector and Industries

  • Economic and community development
  • Cultural programming,  Commerce, and Tourism
  • Arts, Recreation, and Entertainment
  • Environmental protection and sustainability
  • Public safety, criminal justice reform, and alternatives to incarceration
  • Innovative school education and learning
  • Consumer protection and product safety


RSaI Clients

Types of RSaI Clients include:

  • Non-profit organizations and associations
  • Start ups and established businesses
  • Government and elected officials
  • Artist, Entertainers, and Artistic Productions
  • Industry peers  (e.g. independent consultants, teams, or firms)


RSaI Goals

RSaI’s commitment to work with clients to:

  • Envision and design a self-sustaining business
  • Discover and disseminate the clients uniquely compelling story
  • Gain supporters for the clients vision from appropriate government and community stakeholders
  • Uncover new opportunities to win over sympathetic constituents, loyal “customers,” and new fans
  • Build collaboration based on mutual interests to achieve shared goals


RSaI Services

  • Evaluation of Programs and Operations

    • Illuminate successes and challenges and client programs in operations, cross referencing industries and municipalities for best practices
    • Formulate and analyze performance measures
    • Survey and gauge the legislative and political landscape
    • Elicit recommendations for carrying out the client’s vision
  • Strategic Planning, Development, Advocacy, and Partnerships

    • articulate an informed master plan based on any evaluation of programs and operations
    • secure funding or in-kind donations from government, private, and nonprofit sources
    • connect with government and community stakeholders to underscore the benefits of a client’s vision
    • mount advocacy efforts while fostering government and community relations
    • monitor and facilitate client matters related to stakeholder relationships
  • Public Relations and Marketing

    • Create and target thematic messages
    • Council on layout and work with designers, printers, and other subcontractors
    • Chart out and navigate marketing and promotional strategies
    • Craft, pitch, and distribute statements and press releases to “spread the word”
    • Construct talking points so that political leaders, opinion makers, and stakeholders are working ” from the same page”
  • Program and Event Production

    • Secure approvals for events on property under New York City Government jurisdiction
    • design and host events or programs that help showcase the client’s vision

My clients range from individual artist, entertainers comment cultural projects to nonprofits, business owners, and government elected officials. Clients are also include industry peers (e.g. independent consultants, teams, or firms) work with public and private sector officials who have a say on legislative and policy matters at the local, state, and federal level.


The Value/Benefits of RSaI

RSaI is defined uniquely for each client, ranging from:

  • Pervasive exposure and visibility through media and word of mouth
  • More numerous and committed supporters advancing the client’s vision
  • More numerous and enthusiastic audiences and customers
  • Inflow of new or reliable funds and other resources
  • Legislation, regulation, or policy favorable to your vision
  • Reliable and consistent service delivery
  • Reputable product quality
  • Effective and impactful programs and initiatives
  • A more popular production drawing attendance towards full capacity
  • Forged alliances and coalitions
  • Savings in time, money, and other resources to the client for strategic use


Sampling of RSaI clients

A sampling of my consulting services include:

  • For Miller Manhattan Property Group, I developed strategies to promote a real estate office and the community-oriented contributions of its owner.
  • For the Lower East Side Gallery, I undertook strategies to promote and an exhibit of photographs by Davide Bramante.
  • For One Percent for Culture/Fund for the City of New York, I conducted marketing and outreach to educate individuals, businesses, and organizations, requesting they sign an appeal supporting an initiative to require that one percent of New York City’s municipal expense budget be allocated to the non-profit arts and culture sector.
  • I also assisted in identifying and enlisting prominent individuals for the Advisory Council for One Percent for Culture, and in seeking endorsements from New York City public officials and candidates, Our hope is that the campaign will generate support for an increase in the city’s financial commitment to the nonprofit cultural community, including artists of all disciplines, to a full one percent of the municipal expense budget.