When I begin my engagement with your organization, we start with where you are now: your successes and where you want to improve. Together we outline what needs to change and plot how to make the changes.
Often, I help you make the changes – and sometimes you make them without me. Most consultancies involve work with the staff, the board and its appropriate committees.
Board Development / Corporate Governance – Make your board as strong as it can be: Defining corporate governance. Designing the best board including officers and committees. Defining the skills, behaviors, and diversity to produce the most effective board. Identifying qualified candidates and conducting screening interviews. Nominating, electing, orienting, and training board members. Succession planning for officers and committee chairs. Thanking and releasing poorly-performing board members.
Fund Development – Raise more money: Auditing development programs and designing improvements. Building comprehensive development programs. Designing a fund development plan that produces ownership and results. Designing and implementing a comprehensive donor relationship building program to produce loyalty. Identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gift donors. Preparing for and implementing capital initiatives. Defining measures for success and evaluating performance. Evaluating and improving your donor communications provided by my associated firm, Ahern Communications, Ink.
Strategic Planning – Plan for the future and ensure you’re relevant: Designing and facilitating short- and long-range planning processes including stakeholder involvement, market research, assignments of accountability, and measures. Writing the plan – or editing your written draft.
Training / Speaking – Inspire an audience: Conference workshops. Professional seminars. Keynote addresses. Training your organization’s board or staff. Curricula development.
Coaching / Mentoring – Make a difference in your organization: Face-to-face and telephone coaching for executive directors, development officers, and board chairs, too.