Training and consulting customized to meet your needs

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

Training

Customized, 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 travel time and expenses.

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

Consulting

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.

Organizations may select elements from any of the consulting services described below — or ask about topics not specifically listed — to tailor our staff support and training to address their particular needs.

Workshops

We conduct occasional workshops, which are generalized presentations 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 provided), and usually include 15–20 participants from local nonprofit groups.

We announce upcoming workshops on our website and e-mail list. If your organization would like to save money by hosting a workshop, contact us.

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

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

Fund Development

Every organization faces the ever-present challenge of securing resources to support its work. Nonprofit Works offers customized services to create a fund development approach that is mission-focused, diversified, and strategic. These include:

  • Assessing your current fundraising program and designing strategies to strengthen revenue and build partnerships
  • Learning how to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors for annual-giving programs and major gifts
  • Training boards, committees, staff, and volunteers to clarify and understand their roles in fund development
  • Researching grants and identifying the best ones for your organization
  • Helping plan grant-writing strategies and prepare all types of grant applications and budgets

Executive Coaching and Board Training

A sustainable organization requires capable executive leadership and a governing board that embraces its roles and responsibilities. We work with senior staff and boards of directors to assess and improve an organization’s operations and effectiveness, and enhance relationships between the board, committees, and staff. Our services include:

  • Coaching executive directors and administrators on specific needs and goals
  • Defining the board’s roles and responsibilities, and assessing its strengths and areas for improvement
  • Strategies for cultivating and recruiting new boardmembers
  • Structuring board committees to best support an organization’s strategic plan
  • Coaching the board on understanding its role in fund development and creating a culture of giving

Communications

Every organization needs to reach key audiences to promote its mission, achieve its intermediate goals, and document its role and value to funders and the broader community it serves.

Successful communications involves a variety of elements, ranging from establishing clear goals and processes to developing relevant tools and compelling materials and using them effectively.

Nonprofit Works can help your organization assess, develop, or refine its communication goals, processes, tools, and materials. Our outreach services include:

  • Audits of current communications processes and outcomes, and the elements that organizations find most challenging
  • Digital tools such as websites, e-mail, social media, audio and video, and media databases
  • Collateral materials such as brochures, flyers, press releases, newsletters,  reports, graphics, and data
  • Communications efforts such as audience identification, messaging, media relations, story development and pitching, and media events

 

For free materials on any of the topics mentioned above, please visit our Resources page