Consulting

How Can We Help?

Are you looking for in-depth expertise that can help take your organization to the next level? We have a consultant for that. ABN's customized approach meets your organization's specific needs and goals. Projects can focus on a narrow topic or on the entire scope of your organization.Our team of experts are here to help your nonprofit create long-term change.

Ready to get started? Our process is easy!

STEP 1: Reach out to Elle Benson, Director of Capacity Building, at ebenson@betternonprofits.org or (865) 313-2077 x203. Elle will work with you to understand your organization's needs, determine the project scale, and make recommendations.

STEP 2: You will receive a selection of ABN's vetted, expert consultants to choose from.

STEP 3: Elle and your selected consultant will work with you to develop the project scope and deliverables.

STEP 4: ABN will present you with a formal proposal that identifies the project cost and expected outcomes.

STEP 5: Once you sign and approve the proposal, you may begin working with your consultant.

ABN is here to assist you throughout your consultancy. Since 2016, ABN consultants have provided over 2,700 hours of consulting to East Tennessee nonprofits, with a 98% satisfaction rating!

3 Things to Consider When Using a Consultant

Resource Management

Human Resources

  • Customized Staff Development and Training Programs
    • Customer Service
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Public Speaking
    • Team Building
    • Time Management
    • Communication
    • And More!
  • Organizational Assessments
  • HR Audits and Policy Development
  • Compensation Review

Financial and Legal Accountability

Volunteer Development

  • Internship Program Design
  • Volunteer Recruitment and Engagement

“Our consultant did a wonderful job and was very pleasant to work with. We had a list of items that we wanted to be covered in our training. He was able to accommodate our needs, and clearly has a passion for helping nonprofit organizations.” - Jean Ann Washburn, Appalachian Outreach

Programs and Community Impact

  • Community Needs Assessment
  • Program Evaluation and Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Surveys and Focus Groups

"ABN’s consultancy was a breath of fresh air for our organization. ABN asked some good and thought provoking questions about what we are doing now, where we want to be, and how we would get there. A lot of our board members have made very positive comments about working with ABN and I think we all feel a new sense of excitement and enthusiasm for our organization and what we can achieve." - Jennifer Huskey, Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries

“Our consultant was great to work with. He understands what it takes to develop a sustainable organization.” - Pete Higgs, Renovatus​

Leadership Development

“Our consultant was outstanding. She both deftly led and delicately nudged our diverse band of board members to keep our eyes focused on the pre-determined goal, thereby avoiding the distractions and dead ends that sometimes arise in [executive search] processes like this one.” - Archie Ellis, Williams Creek Youth Foundation

"Contrary to the old adage, I am proof positive that old dogs can indeed learn new tricks.  Working with my executive coach, Chris Crouch, has been extremely beneficial, particularly in the area of professional productivity. Using a variety of research-based interventions, Chris has enabled me to be a more effective leader by helping me focus on those activities that energize me for my work at ABN while managing those necessary but energy-draining activities inherent in every job. I recommend executive coaching for every leader who believes they have too much work and too little time." - Dr. Jerry Askew, Alliance for Better Nonprofits

Board Development

  • Board Retreats
  • Board Evaluation and Recruitment
  • Document Development (Bylaws, Handbook, Policies, etc.)

“ABN did a great job facilitating our board retreat. They were easy to work with. I especially liked that they didn’t come in with a controlled agenda - they let us explore in our own way.” - Mark Braswell, Tennessee Recycling Coalition

“Our consultant was excellent for our organization partly because he used to be on our board, partly because of his personal relationships with many of our board members, and largely due to his personality. He is very open and giving of himself which made it easy for the board to connect with him.” - Amy Dilworth, Knoxville Family Justice Center

Marketing

  • Marketing Plan
  • Social Media Strategy
  • Messaging
  • Graphic Design (Letterhead, Logos, Brochures, etc.)
  • Branding
  • Website Creation
  • Video Production (PSAs, Event Promos/Recaps, etc.)

“Our consultant came to understand our work quickly and provided very relevant feedback and strategies. She took time to meet with the families we serve and used the insight and testimonials to create a very touching and meaningful presentation that we will be able to use in a variety of ways. I am beyond impressed with her work and feel so blessed to have gone through this process with her. She exceeded expectations!” - Jessica Anderson, Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee

Fund Development

  • Annual Fundraising Plan/Strategy
  • Annual Appeal Writing and Design
  • Event Planning
  • Fund Development Coaching                                               
  • Grant Research                                                  
  • Grant Review
  • Case Statement Development

“Our consultant was truly a lifesaver for us. She listened to our current situation, concerns, and ideas. She then took all those things into account, and, using her expertise, introduced us to purposeful planning and fund development. We no longer feel like we are in quicksand and having to grab the next rope (fundraiser) trying to get out. We are excited about implementing her ideas!!!” - Tina South, McMinn County Senior Citizens, Inc.

“Our consultant was great at addressing key funding needs in our organization and affirming how we were taking positive steps to solve the problems. It was easy to apply her convenient and professional coaching directly to our needs.” - Shawn Stutz, FOCUS Ministries​

“Our consultant challenged our board to do more in fundraising and made excellent suggestions on how to engage in effective fund development, even when you do not want to make "the ask" yourself. Her role-playing activity explaining why we love and support our nonprofit was perfectly designed to get everyone talking and participating. I could not be more pleased with her presentation.” - Family Promise​

Collective Impact

  • Collective Measurement Dashboard Development
  • Strategic Partnership Development
  • Technical Assistance for Partnerships
  • Visioning Facilitation

“Our consultant was very responsive and would answer any question asked or go and find the answer. She works hard to meet the organization where they are. I felt very comfortable with her.” - Amy Dilworth, Knoxville Family Justice Center