Friday, August 7, 2009

When should you use a consultant?

Many non profits arrive at a stage where they contemplate bringing in some outside counsel to advance their development program. But is there a right time and a wrong time to hire a consultant?

Eugene A. Scanlon addresses this question in his book Fundraising Consultants - A Guide for Nonprofit Organizations. Recently published as part of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Fund Development Series, he addresses the timing and internal readiness necessary to benefit fully from a consultant's expertise.

Many of us, non profits and consultants alike, can relate to his real-life examples of his experiences, both positive and negative. If you are considering hiring a consultant but would like to assess your readiness, this book is a timely resource.

Laura Mikuska
"Helping charities achieve their dreams"

1 comment:

  1. Without intending to self-promote, once you decide you need a consultant, you can learn how to choose the most appropriate consultant, by checking out "In Search of the White Knight: Finding the Perfect Consultant" published by Nonprofit World and available for downloading at