Upgrading Your Nonprofit’s Technology for a COVID-19 World

ESC’s Director of Communications, Katherine Cruise, had virtual “sit down” with Jacques Ouimet, a volunteer technology consultant, and discussed how nonprofits can adapt their technology during the pandemic. Katherine: With me today is Jacques Ouimet, a volunteer technology consultant at Empower Success Corps (ESC), who has looked at the changes required to operate in the […]

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Should You Consider a Strategic Alliance?

by James Barrow Will the “New Normal” suggest new opportunities?  Many nonprofits are now questioning what is next for their organization. One avenue suggests there will be a whole new level of collaborative initiatives driven by a new attitude about working together, or by recognition that a more streamlined organization is required. This may result […]

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Communicating in a Crisis: Thoughts from ESC

By Marjorie Bauer, Debra Yanofsky, Gabriele Loebbert, and Janice Dolnick Introduction We hope you are all healthy, safe and sound during this unprecedented time of social distancing and virtual service delivery. While marketing is about the last thing you want to think about during a crisis like COVID-19, the need to communicate to all your […]

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Five Reasons to do High Impact Volunteer Consulting

By Lynn Post, Director, ESC Northern New England ESC is a group of high-impact, volunteer consultants who provide capacity building services to nonprofits to help them help their communities.  Imagine using your hard-earned skills from industry or the nonprofit world to help nonprofits in a wide range of sectors from education and social services to […]

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ESC helps GALA with Strategic Business Plan for Makerspace and Vocation Hub in Wolfeboro, NH: “We use this plan as our Compass”

by Josh Arnold, Executive Director, GALA and Carol Holyoake Behind most great ideas that successfully cross the bridge into reality is a great plan. A case in point was an idea that emerged from the Global Awareness Local Action (GALA) board retreat in 2016, when the board asked, “How can we build upon our strengths […]

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Board Governance: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By Craig Anderson, ESC Northern New England Consultant When it comes to governing boards, there are the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Bad boards are complacent boards.  They meet on a regular schedule, most members show up, so that’s 80%, but they never do anything, or at least anything new. A friend and I […]

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A Pickpocket on the Bus

by Craig Anderson, ESC Northern New England Consultant I was on a bus heading downtown in Manhattan when I saw a young man pick an older man’s pocket.  At the next stop, the young man and several cronies got off and beat it down the street.  I continued downtown feeling uneasy and then switched to […]

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Annual Development Planning

Looking back on 2019, what are your donors telling you? Strategic planning is important to the success of development programs too. It’s incumbent on nonprofits, no matter their fiscal year, to look back on donor and gift history for each calendar year to inform development planning. If your fiscal year is not a calendar year, […]

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