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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ESC Celebration of Service

On Monday, June 10th, in the beautiful Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House, ESC hosted its annual Celebration of Service luncheon. Seventy volunteers, community leaders, and clients gathered to honor and give thanks to the consultants and fellows who lend their time and talent to help nonprofits not only survive but thrive. “We can’t […]

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The Solution to the Executive Director Compensation Dilemma

It is well established that chief executives of small and even medium-sized nonprofits wear many hats. In addition to working with the board of directors to set strategic direction and hiring and managing the staff to achieve organizational goals, s/he may also serve as the chief development officer and the human resources director, and fill-in for the van driver or crisis hot-line manager.  In common parlance, the CEO is “chief cook […]

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Volunteer, Nonprofit Consultant – Highly Skilled and Professionally Accomplished

Would you like to use your hard-earned business or nonprofit leadership skills to give back in a meaningful way to the community you care about? Interested in being a part of a network of more than 175 trained consultants with deep experience and distinguished management careers? Empower Success Corps (ESC), a nonprofit organization, seeks seasoned […]

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