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Some of what we have learned from consulting on Nonprofit Governance, Strategic Planning, Marketing, Leadership, Financial Management, and Human Resources

Board Governance

Learn more about ESC’s governance consulting services.
Read ESC’s Governance Consulting Brief

Learn more about moving from a founding to a governing board.
Read ESC’s Moving from a Founding to a Governing Board by Michael Daily and Maggie Ford

Strategic Planning and Nonprofit Strategies

Should you do strategic planning or board development first?
Read Michael Daily’s Recommendation

Learn more about ESC’s Growth Strategies Consulting.
Read ESC’s Growth Strategies Consulting Brief

Checkout this check list on strategic planning by our colleagues from ESC Chicago.
Read ESC’s Top Ten Reasons to do Strategic Planning.

You Have the Plan – Now What?
Read ESC’s Strategic Plan Implementation Brief by Michael Daily

Successful Strategic Planning – Finishing the Process.
Read ESC’s Successful Strategic Planning Brief by Michael Daily

Strategic Planning – Blue Sky, Tactical Lists, or Dust Collector.
Read ESC’s Strategic Planning Brief by Michael Daily

Accentuate the Positive – Drive Revenue Growth.
Read ESC’s Tips for Revenue Growth by Michael Daily

Funding challenges for nonprofits.
Read ESC’s Today’s Grant Funding Challenges and How ESC Can Help by Chris van Curan

Increasing Revenues while Minimizing Risk – Growing without Betting the Farm.
Read ESC’s Increasing Revenues while Minimizing Risk by Michael Daily

Learn about the Sustainability Analysis Tool.
Read ESC’s Sustainability Analysis Tool Brief by Michael Daily

Marketing

Learn how successful nonprofits today are “client-centric”.
Read ESC’s Know Thy Client by Bob Ray

Learn more about ESC’s Market Research Capabilities.
Read ESC’s Market Research Capabilities Brief

Leadership

Learn more from CompassPoint on the effectiveness of nonprofit executive coaching – it works!
Read CompassPoint’s Study On Executive Coaching

Learn to facilitate effective meetings.
Read ESC’s Meeting Manners by Dee Kelsey and Pam Plumb

Financial Management

Are you ready to start a nonprofit?
Read ESC’s So You Wanna Be a 501(c)3? by Cindy Bahn.

Learn how to create a nonprofit Dashboard
Read ESC’s Getting started with Dashboards by Michael Daily

Learn what constitutes excess reserves.
Read ESC’s Can nonprofits have too much in Reserve Funds ESC consultants by Michael Daily

Learn more about ESC’s Merger Consulting.
Read ESC’s Merger Consulting Brief

Learn about determining a nonprofit’s reserves.
Read ESC’s How Much In Reserve Funds Should Your Nonprofit Have?  by Michael Daily

Learn more about ESC’s Nonprofit Turn Around Consulting.
Read ESC’s Nonprofit Turn Around Consulting Brief

We recommend the Operating Reserves Policy Toolkit.
Learn about How much in Operating Reserves you should have?

Human Resources

Learn about Salary Administration
Read a PowerPoint presentation Setting Ethical and Effective Salary Levels.