Working with a Consultant

Making the decision to use a consultant to strengthen your organization is a difficult one. Community Foundation can help. 

Helping people do the most good in our community is what Community Foundation of the Lowcountry does best. It begins with understanding community needs, the nonprofit resources available to address these needs and the areas in which additional resources are needed. While using a consultant offers many attractive benefits, it can be intimidating to open your organization to an individual or group of individuals who may not be familiar with your work. Consultants can often offer expertise not available in your own organization. They can also serve as a mentor, facilitate meetings or retreats, provide training, or partner with you in other ways to address organizational challenges. Many factors determine if hiring a consultant is right for your organization. Below, and throughout this page, we have offered resources on not only determining if you need a consultant but also how to select the appropriate consultant for your group – which is just as important.

On our Nonprofits Consulting Page, we have listed consultants [PDF] who have worked or would like to work with area nonprofits. Please note: This is not a complete listing, nor is it a recommendation of the consultants listed. One of the most important aspects of choosing a consultant to work with your nonprofit is completing due diligence. Have in-depth conversations with potential consultants. Understand their methodologies, pricing and time commitments (and get it in writing). Check references. Make certain they understand not only the nonprofit sector, but also your organization’s mission and goals. Are they comfortable working with both management and your board? Will they tell you the hard truths? Do they have expertise in the area you are looking to improve? Please also be certain to check out Denise Spencer’s blog article on the ethics of hiring a consultant to work with your nonprofit.

Nonprofit Resources for Hiring a Consultant

Together SC -  Together SC informs, promotes, connects and strengthens individual nonprofits and the nonprofit sector.

Working With Consultants from Strengthening Nonprofits: A Capacity Builder’s Resource Library [PDF]

Helpful tips on hiring a consultant from Grant Space

 

Are you a consultant?

If you would like to be listed on our consultant list and/or need to update your current listing, call us at 843.681.9100.

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 23019
Hilton Head Island,
South Carolina 29925

Office Location
4 Northridge Drive, Suite A
Hilton Head Island,
South Carolina 29926
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