Ten Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Nonprofit Consultant
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Choosing a nonprofit consultant can be tricky business – look before you leap! Having the right process for searching for and selecting a consultant for your organization will save time and money. ...

Choosing a nonprofit consultant can be tricky business – look before you leap! Having the right process for searching for and selecting a consultant for your organization will save time and money. Identifying your needs, finding a credible and capable consultant, and finding the funds are all significant concerns in choosing the right individual or firm. Hear two nonprofit consultants discuss the questions they want their clients to ask before starting in on any project.

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Ten Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Nonprofit Consultant Ten Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Nonprofit Consultant Presentation Transcript

  • Ten Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Nonprofit Consultant Laura Gassner Otting, Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group Emily Davis, MNM, EDA Consulting Use Twitter Hashtag #npweb Special Thanks To Our Sponsors
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  • Today’s Speakers Laura Gassner Otting Emily Davis, MNM Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group EDA Consulting Hosting: Sam Frank, Synthesis Partnership Assisting with chat questions: Chris Dumas, FirstGiving
  • Hiring a Consultant: The Equation
  • Determine Your Vision •  Why are we hiring a consultant? •  What are our needs? •  Are the board and staff in agreement that we need a consultant? •  What are the outcomes we are hoping for when working with the consultant?
  • Identify Your Resources •  Are we prepared for the cost of hiring and working with a consultant? •  Do we understand the long-term benefits of working with a consultant? •  How will partnering with a consultant enhance our long-term capacity?
  • Set Timeline and Scope •  Are we clear on our deliverables for the project? •  Do we have realistic expectations? •  Do we have the time and energy to provide the consultant what s/he needs in order to be successful?
  • Understand Your Rights •  Know what the next steps are if the engagement goes south, but understand how the consultant will prevent that from happening. •  Ask to meet the whole team first. •  Seek to understand the theory behind the fee structure.
  • Ask the Right Questions •  Think about what you really want to know. Are you asking stock questions or deeper, more probing questions? •  Don’t just accept the answer given, but follow up with additional questions, and then confirm with references. •  Ask what else you should have asked.
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