Organization-Strengthening Resources: Consulting

Association of Consultants to Nonprofits                                                                             FREE
The Association offers a directory of consultants, resources on working with consultants, & circulation of RFPs to its consultant list.

Center for Collective Wisdom
C4CW works with systems change, collective impact, & internal organization change management. They offer tailored leadership training & Wisdom Dialogues for groups to redesign programs & resolve dilemmas.

Center for Nonprofit Management                                                                                          LOW-COST
CNM offers in-person & e-learning workshops & courses, executive coaching, consulting, reports, conferences, & a nonprofit resource library.

Coro Fellows Nonprofit Placement                                                          Deadline: September
Coro Southern California                                                                               Program: October-November
FREE                                                                                                                      pro bono assistance within org
Coro Fellows learn about a nonprofit & its sector through 3-4-week experiential immersion. Fellows offer dedicated work, fresh insights, innovative thinking, & enthusiasm to their nonprofit placements.
Req’d: hands-on supervisor providing executive shadowing, staff & stakeholder interviews, steady work for exposure & mentorship; online interest form, informational phone call, online application.

Encore Fellows                                                                                                                     $25,000 stipend + admin
Nonprofit Work Hosts matched with mature, experienced professionals exploring social-impact careers. Fellow contributes 1,000 hours over 6-12 months (customizable schedule), serving in a senior, high-impact, project-based role within organization, often working on assessment, growth, marketing, restructuring, leadership transition, new initiatives, social enterprise, or strategic planning. Applications accepted at any time; project start varies. Encore searches for & screens candidates for nonprofit selection.

Executive Service Corps Consulting                                                                                         LOW-COST
ESC offers board development, customized consulting, meeting & retreat facilitation, organizational assessments, & strategic planning guidance to LA nonprofits. Consulting teams tailor engagements to each nonprofit’s specific culture, needs, & circumstances.

Jericho Road Pasadena                                                                                                                 FREE & LOW-COST
Jericho Road serves San Gabriel Valley, East LA, & Northeast LA nonprofits with pro bono consulting & quarterly board training workshops on governance, strategic planning, resource development & fundraising, and financial management. Board member recruitment for Pasadena nonprofits only.

Nonprofit Partners of Riordan Leadership Institute                         Deadline: July 2018
Southern California Leadership Network                                                Program: 9.6.18, 10.6.18, Nov-May project
FREE for nonprofit                                                                                          Planning/project assistance
Early-mid-career professionals get training & experience serving on a nonprofit board for 6 months & completing a specific project.
Req’d: Nonprofit serving LA County, operating at least 5 years, at least 3 FT staff, org chart, policy manual, & audited financials. Provide executive supervisor, board mentor, orientation, project scoping, & evaluation.

Professional Directory                                                                                                                   FREE
CalNonprofits offers a directory of members who serve nonprofits in accounting, banking, & finance; fundraising, grants, & research centers; human resources & risk management; investing; legal services; marketing & communications; management training & consulting; office support; public policy & coalitions; publications; software & technology; startup & compliance; and volunteers.

Taproot Foundation                                                                                                                       FREE
Taproot connects nonprofits with skilled business volunteers sharing their expertise pro bono in various structured engagements.
Virtual Office Hours—1-hour, 1-on-1 virtual consultation session
Speed Consulting—½-day event of 45-minute open office hours slots for quick, targeted consulting with professional experts in finance, HR, & marketing
Pro Bono Marathon & ScopeAthon—1-day event where 2-3 person teams help nonprofits scope (diagnose problems & build actionable plan to address them) &/or solve problems (assess, diagnose, & resolve a pre-scoped problem) in finance, HR, marketing, strategy, & technology
Taproot Plus—1-2 volunteers work virtually or in-person on 4-6-week projects in finance, HR, marketing, strategy, & technology
Team Projects—Team of 4-6 professions work in-person on fully customizable, 12-15-week project in finance, HR, marketing, strategy, or technology

The Nonprofit Partnership                                                                                                  1 FREE CONSULTATION
TNP offers a 1-2 hour, free consultation to a nonprofit fundraising committee to learn about the organization, assess needs, perform additional research, & provide a proposal with suggestions for a course of action & appropriate consultants.
 
UCLA Anderson Applied Management Research Program (AMR)               Deadline:  mid-July
UCLA Anderson Net Impact Club                                                                                Program: September-March
$7500, incl. $2500 for research/travel costs                                                         consulting
Under close MBA faculty supervision, teams of 5 2nd-year MBA students spend 1,000-2,00 hours of work over 6 months on student capstone projects providing consultation in nonprofit area of choice (environmental analysis, financial & operations analysis, growth, market research, marketing, strategy, & more). Nonprofit gets professional research results.
Req’d: full access to relevant data; 2+ hours/week with team for 1 dedicated project manager/liaison; designated alternate liaison; participate in October launch & March final presentation; funds for additional research & travel as needed; online application, phone interview

UCLA Net Impact Consulting Challenge                                                                 Deadline: early October
UCLA Anderson Net Impact Club                                                                                Program: October-November
FREE                                                                                                                                      pro bono consulting
Teams of 3-5 MBA students work with nonprofits to scope a problem or explore a new opportunity over 2-3 weeks of intense consulting services in nonprofit area of choice (environmental analysis, financial & operations analysis, growth, market research, marketing, strategy, & more), concluding with competing presentations & cash prizes for students. Nonprofit gets research materials, introduction to MBA consulting, & team presentation of problem & solution to nonprofit board & staff.
Req’d: digital application, availability for work Oct-Nov, attendance at November presentation

UCLA Net Impact Social Impact Fellows                                                                 Deadline: November
UCLA Anderson Net Impact Club                                                                                Program: January-March
FREE                                                                                                                                      pro bono consulting
Teams of 3-5 MBA students work with nonprofits to solve a problem or explore new opportunities over 10 weeks of in-depth consulting services in nonprofit area of choice (environmental analysis, financial & operations analysis, growth, market research, marketing, strategy, & more). Nonprofit gets final report, introduction to MBA consulting, & team presentation of problem & solution to nonprofit board & staff. Project can continue work on previously scoped Consulting Challenge; might lead to implementation grant through UCLA Net Impact.
Req’d: digital application, availability for work Jan-March

Valley Nonprofit Resources                                                                                                         FREE
Valley Nonprofit Resources, housed at Cal State Northridge, offers information, referrals, & technical assistance services to strengthen San Fernando Valley nonprofits.