5 tips to consider before you become a nonprofit consultant

Guest Post For Idealist Careers

In my work with young nonprofit professionals, a question I get asked a lot is how one can transition from working inside an organization and into becoming a successful consultant that serves other nonprofit organizations. To answer that question I caught up with my friend and colleague, Vanessa Chase, the President of The Storytelling Nonprofit and creator of the Storytelling Non-Profit Virtual Conference.

Vanessa is only 25-years-old yet is in the process of writing her first book, Co-Chairs YNPN Vancouver, sits on the board of directors of a local nonprofit organization, speaks at conferences internationally, and has so many requests for her services that she is in the process of hiring her first employee after only being a consultant full time for just over a year. Amazing! How did she do it? Let’s find out…

Click here for the full article. 

God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called

This morning I was reading my Bible and feeling nervous about an interview for a potential marketing contract. I’m not sure if it it just me but when going into a situation where I have to sell myself, I most always feel inadequate and am plagued by self-doubt. A verse from Exodus 31:2-6.

See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts - to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.”

God had a temple to be built and equipped others with the skills to build it. It wasn’t about them, it was about God’s giving them a skill and then them using it to glorify Him as the giver of the gift. God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called – such a relief lol!

Free Webinar: How To Turn Strangers Into Strategic Partners Using LinkedIn 

If you’re new to social media or are just unsure about how to effectively use LinkedIn, I’d like to share with you my step-by-step plan for turning strangers into strategic partners using the biggest business directory in the world.


  • Position yourself as a thought leader in your community by setting up a magnetic, professional profile
  • Recruit new board members by meaningfully networking with other influential community leaders
  • Raise awareness of your cause more quickly by creating high-impact joint-venture partnerships

Attendees of the webinar will also get a free copy of my 15 point checklist “How to optimize your LinkedIn profile for networking success”. See you there!

Date: May 20, 2014
Time: 12:00 -1:00 p.m. PST
Event: Free Webinar: How To Turn Strangers Into Strategic Partners Using LinkedIn
Sponsor: 4good.org
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

11 Crucial Questions To Ask Yourself Before Launching Your Own Nonprofit

It’s been an interesting week in the nonprofit start-up world. Almost every day last week I had somebody email me asking about how to test the viability of their nonprofit start-up idea as they have a passion to serve others and want to launch their own organization.

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Having worked as a trainer and coach for my entire adult life, it breaks my heart to tell someone who wants to dedicate their life to serve others that the first thing they need to do before moving forward on their idea is to take the time a really evaluate the validity of their big idea. I don’t know if there is any advice more discouraging than someone telling you that compassion is not enough and that you need a game plan (even before you file any incorporation paperwork) if you really want a chance of seeing your organization succeed.

I saw a post this morning in Inc magazine that said that personality is really the central component to your success as a leader. Having been a recruiter for 10 years I can personally guarantee that even if you have an amazing personality but don’t have any hard skills, you’ll be out of business within your first two years. I’m not sure if this level of boldness in that assertion is a good thing or a bad thing but the one thing I do know is that my heart is to see nonprofit leaders succeed and if that means telling them that it is a non-negotiable to take their time to work out the details of their vision in advance then that is what I’m going to do.