Many nonprofit executives and Boards look to consultants to provide a level of expertise or enhanced capacity to address a particular problem, strategic challenge or interim leadership void. Seeking professional consultant services can provide a number of advantages to any nonprofit as highlighted below:
Knowledge. Often times nonprofits are seeking an experienced executive leader or subject matter expert to expand the capabilities of its existing team. Nonprofits will ask a consultant to provide new knowledge or approaches that will improve the organization’s performance, provide clarity on strategy or teach skills necessary to increase staff and volunteer performance.
Evaluate. There is a growing need for nonprofits to evaluate their effectiveness and report how social impact is being achieved. More commonly today funders and partner agencies are requesting objective research and evaluation of programs, internal systems, organizational structure and market assessments. Consultants can bring new talent in these areas, dedicating time to getting the work done while the existing teams focus on the work of the day.
Resolution. A consultant has a different vested interest in an organization and can bring objectivity to problem resolution. Calling in a consultant to help identify root causes to a problem, resolve a financial challenge, address a public relations concern or a particular problem that is manifesting into a larger issue by providing an objective viewpoint.
Situational expertise. It’s incredibly tough for nonprofits to have every type of expert inside, ready to respond to any circumstance that can arise. Nonprofits can be faced with increased public and donor scrutiny and engaging a third-party consultant can bring skills and knowledge to the complement the organization and build trust.
Ongoing expertise. For some, adopting a business model to hire a consultant on a limited contract or part-time staff basis works well to navigate thru a special project or transitional period. More commonly, consultants are contracted for fund development campaigns, facilitating change processes, policy review and development, marketing campaigns or filling a position on an interim basis (while a proper, robust search is underway). Consultants on retainers or ‘on call’ serve as a go to resource when the need arises, especially for nonprofits in the ‘start up phase’ or those executing significant strategic change.
Elevate Performance. In the nonprofit environment it’s easy to feel burnt out or overwhelmed with the immediate priorities. A consultant can offer new solutions or approaches to nagging problems, introduce new work processes, help work through a team’s possible feeling of helplessness, and reinvigorate the team’s commitment to the Mission.
Pilot programs. Introducing a new program or service to a nonprofit can be risky business and is not entered into without rigorous decision-making processes. Hiring a consultant can allow for in-depth research and development with potential programs and infrastructure investments, work through project challenges, or train staff on market execution to reduce risks and aid in launch success.
The pages, kdp consulting services, recent projects, and nonprofit engagement history, highlight Keith Publicover’s consultant roles to the needs of nonprofits touched on above. To connect with Keith directly click here.