Training and consulting customized to meet your needs

Nonprofit Works offers a variety of services — from planning and budgeting and grant writing to board training and communications — in three distinct formats to fit each organization’s needs and budget:


On-site training is our most popular format because it allows organizations to focus on their specific needs in a familiar and convenient setting, saving valuable time and travel costs.

Session sizes can range from individual coaching and departmental groups to all-staff sessions. Most involve 8–12 people, which is ideal in terms of sharing ideas and making it more affordable.*

* We also encourage clients to invite staff from other organizations to defray costs


Our capacity-building training and workshops are based on the direct assistance we provide to clients in areas such as budget development, grant proposals, communications materials, and other forms of technical support.

We invite organizations to select elements from any of the consulting services described below — or ask about topics not specifically listed — to create a customized training or consultation to meet your particular needs.


We conduct occasional workshops on our most-requested training topics. Half-day sessions run 3 hours (with a mid-session break) and full-day sessions run 6 hours (with breaks and lunch), and generally include 15–20 participants from local nonprofit organizations.

We announce upcoming workshops on our website and e-mail list. If you’d like us to offer a specific workshop, contact us and we’ll notify you when there are a sufficient number of people in your area to schedule one.

All three formats are available either on site — including at conferences, organizational retreats, and annual meetings — or remotely, via conference call or online “webinar” (for training and workshops) or phone or e-mail (for consulting and technical services).

Regardless of format, every session includes resource materials that participants can adapt for their specific needs. For more details on individual services, see below or contact us to discuss how we can help.

Planning & Budgets

Organizational success begins with clearly identifying your goals, outlining the path to reaching them, and knowing where you are along the journey. Whether your needs are at the agency or program level, we can help with strategic planning, budgets, logic models, and fund development. Our planning services include:

  • Strategic planning — A comprehensive process of analyzing your organization’s development goals and needs over a given period of time, and how best to achieve them
  • Logic models — A method that uses intended outcomes as the means for determining program methods, required resources, and evaluation techniques
  • Resource development — Combining budgets and financial information with the knowledge of how to earn or raise the funds and capital necessary for organizational stability and growth

Grant Writing

Your grant applications are more likely to be successful if your organization knows how to identify the most appropriate funders for its mission, develop a relationship with them, write a compelling request that conforms to their criteria, and then track and report the results. We can help at every step. Nonprofit Works’ grant-writing services include:

  • Researching grants and finding the best ones for your organization
  • Helping you plan grant-writing strategies
  • Training and coaching on writing and preparing all types of grant applications and budgets
  • Pre-submission review to ensure your grant applications have the greatest chance of success


Every organization needs to reach the people it serves, promote its mission, and document its role and value to funders and the broader community. Nonprofit Works can help your organization assess, develop, or refine the communication process and materials it needs to achieve its interim goals. Our communications services include:

  • Audits of current outreach processes, how effective they are, and the elements that organizations find easiest and most challenging
  • Collateral materials such as brochures, flyers, press releases, newsletters, and reports
  • Digital tools such as e-mail, websites, media lists, audio and video, and social media
  • Communications efforts such as audience identification, messaging, media relations, story and op-ed pitches, and media events

Board Training

A sustainable organization requires a governing board that understands its responsibilities. We work with individual or multiple staff members, or the entire board or organization — including evenings, weekends, and at annual retreats — to assess your board’s effectiveness, help it recruit new members, and improve the dynamics between board and staff. Our board-related services include:

  • Defining the board’s roles and responsibilities
  • Assessing its strengths and weaknesses
  • Cultivating and recruiting new boardmembers
  • Structuring committees of the board
  • Delineating typical board-staff relationships
  • Maximizing boardmembers’ time, skills, and satisfaction

Research Compliance

Organizations that conduct research involving human subjects (or use data derived from it) must comply with state and federal regulations designed to ensure that the rights and welfare of those subjects are protected during and after their participation.

Some nonprofit organizations conduct human-subject research such as surveys, interviews, focus groups, or educational testing that will ultimately be used beyond their offices — or use data derived from such research conducted elsewhere.

If your organization conducts human-subject research or uses data from it, it may need to keep the resulting personally identifiable information confidential — even if it is used anonymously.

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are committees that review research proposals and data-handling protocols to ensure ethical conduct, promote best-practices, and resolve issues that could prevent publications, projects, and programs from proceeding due to compliance concerns.

If your organization believes its program(s) may need a research compliance review, or would like to consult with an IRB analyst before conducting research, using research data, or submitting a proposal to do so, Nonprofit Works’ research compliance services include:

  • Determination of whether IRB review is needed
  • Identifying study design or data-handling issues
  • Pre-submission review to identify issues that could delay or prevent acceptance

For free materials on the topics mentioned above, visit our Resources page.