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 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 1,800 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

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

Leadership Development

"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


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

Fund Development

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

Collective Impact

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