Here is just a sample of the consulting services that our roster of 150+ professionals delivers to clients. We can help:
Guide and develop your strategic plan: A well-designed strategic plan sets priorities, guides effective decision-making, and paves the way to sustained growth for your nonprofit. A strategic plan is essential in building broad-based support in the organization, and yields improved services, financial sustainability, stronger operations and increased backing from donors, staff, board and clients.
Enhance your fundraising: A successful strategy for fundraising is a vital component to help your nonprofit advance its mission. ESC consulting fundraising services focus on aligning your board and staff to be able to work towards clearly defined, achievable development goals. Our consultants have the insight and hands-on experience to help you build development programs that support your objectives, whether through private donor appeals, endowments, capital campaigns, online giving, or grants.
Develop your board: Strong productive oversight can maximize the performance of your organization and help you achieve your mission — as well as meeting all legal requirements for fiscal accountability. Our skilled consultants can help your board reach its full potential. We can help you improve governance and board development through restructuring, identifying and training on board member roles and areas of accountability, developing strategies for change management, and creating clear divisions of responsibility between your board, staff and committees.
Update your brand: Having a strong brand is critical for every nonprofit. Your brand conveys who you are, what you do, and your unique value to the community and the clients you serve. The ESC approach to brand consulting will enable you to clearly articulate what you stand for and to determine the best concepts to communicate your brand to your constituents. Our process starts with a comprehensive discovery process and ends with a clearly-thought-out and agreed-to brand and positioning strategy.
Improve your communications: The ability to communicate a clear, cohesive message is essential to every nonprofit. The ESC approach to strategic marketing consulting and messaging includes a review of existing materials, interviews with key stakeholders, and a competitive analysis. ESC consultants will work with you to create an individualized messaging strategy to showcase your organization and its mission, and a plan to effectively reach current, and potential, constituents, including clients, donors and funders.
Plan for sustainability and leadership succession: The fiscal strength of your nonprofit is vital; with the guidance of our experienced financial consultants, ESC can help you build a firm base for sustaining your social mission. In addition, our consultants can work closely with your nonprofit board and chief executive to put a strategy into place for managing planned and unplanned departures.
Maximize operations: Every day a variety of internal processes and procedures interact to conduct the business of your nonprofit. With so many moving pieces it can be hard to know what isn’t working or where to start. ESC’s consultants can take a holistic look at your organization and pinpoint where an intervention might improve efficiency. Whether it is upgrading technology, improving HR capabilities, developing a talent pipeline, enhancing outcome measurements or streamlining workflow ESC has the expertise to find the solution for your unique problem.
Experience matters. The ESC consulting practice is comprised exclusively of senior-level professionals who donate their time and expertise to provide exemplary consulting services to help you meet your goals.
Customized. We will match you with a team of consultants that fits your culture and has the capabilities for your project. As the project progresses, talent can be added as needed.
Collaborative. We listen carefully and help assess your needs. Then we work with you every step of the way so there are no surprises, and you get an outcome you can implement.
Caring. ESC consultants engage around your issues and then go the extra mile to achieve workable outcomes.
Affordable. ESC employs a flat-fee model and leverages the pro bono services of its consultants, as well as donations and grants, making ESC fees cost-effective.