Working with a consultant on nonprofit organizational development and capacity building

February 10, 2023
9:00AM - 11:30AM
Zoom/No Cost

Getting Good Guidance is a free 2.5-hour workshop that will prepare nonprofit leaders to undertake organizational development projects with their staff, board, and outside consultants.

Featuring nonprofit leadership, strategy, and governance consultants Andy Fife and Craig Howard, this workshop will provide an overview of common capacity-building topics such as strategic planning, board development, fundraising, strategic communications planning, diversity and equity, succession planning, and more.

In the presentation, Fife and Howard will review the standard process for planning and change management, providing examples from other organizations, and defining the roles and responsibilities between staff, board, and consultants. Finally, the workshop will dig into best practices in searching for, hiring, and working with consultants that help with strategy and planning.

This presentation will cover:

  • What is Organizational Development?
  • Process for Organizational Development
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Case Study Examples
  • Working with a Consultant
  • Q&A

This workshop will be recorded - if you're unable to attend, please still register so you can receive the recorded link.

The Community Foundation of NCW, Icicle Fund, and North Central Accountable Community of Health (NCACH) are partnering together to offer Strategic Consulting Grants for NCW nonprofits in 2023 and 2024. These $5,000 grants are designed for local nonprofits to collaborate directly with a consultant of their choice on a project to strengthen the organization’s ability to fulfill its mission and build towards long-term organizational resiliency. LEARN MORE


Craig Howard

Consultant, First Creek Partners

Craig Howard has worked in and around nonprofit organizations since 1998, when he co-founded the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation. He followed two-term Washington State Governor Booth Gardner as the board chairman, serving that role from 2007 to 2011. During that time, he was also on the founding board of the OceanGate Foundation.

Since 2005 Craig has been an active board member at The Museum of Flight in Seattle, and served for a year as interim Vice President of Development for the Museum in 2009 during the recession. Craig is also currently the founding Chair of the Georgetown Community Development Authority, which has assets, cash, and commitments of $50 mil to build workforce housing and artisan workspace in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. 

Craig is a certified Leadership Circle trainer, has been on the founding team of four different organizations, and has worked with dozens of nonprofit organizations in strategic planning, leadership development, funding plans, capital campaigns, and crisis management. 

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Andy Fife

Senior Consultant, Arts Consulting Group

Andy Fife is a nonprofit leadership and management specialist with expertise in strategy, governance, executive coaching, fiscal modeling, program planning, executive search, regional and local policy, publishing, communications, and community engagement. 

He is a Senior Consultant for Arts Consulting Group and has served previously as Executive Director of the arts service organization Shunpike, Publisher of City Arts Magazine, and Advocacy Chair for the Washington State Arts Commission. He also plays trombone, writes poetry, skis down mountains, and serves as a board member and advisor for FEEST and other local organizations in and around Seattle.

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Xitlali Cruz


I am currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science at Stanford. Since the beginning of my freshman year I have been involved with clubs such as Stanford’s Space Initiative (SSI) and the Society of Latinx Engineers (SOLE). In SSI I built a rocket and launched it.


Aero Methow Rescue Service


Due to being rural, remote, and geographically isolated, we must be prepared to do more than respond to emergencies. We have become a healthcare partner who fills gaps in service. The grant allowed our board the time and ability to work with a Strategic Planner to modify our plan to address those gaps.


Chelan Douglas Volunteer Attorney Services


The grant provided funds to hire a Housing Justice and Outreach Coordinator to visit rural and underserved areas. Rosie’s bilingual and bicultural skills and experience have increased equity of service. Rosie is building partnerships with local organizations through events such as the Columbia Valley Community Health’s Back to School Drive, as well as posting yard signs.

Tenoch Mandujano

Tenoch Mandujano

Scholarship Recipient

My father was a migrant agricultural worker who eventually started his own cherry and apple orchard. He told me if I wanted to live a better life, I had to get an education. I plan on starting a career with the Chelan PUD with a passion for renewable energy and in turn give back to my parents and community for supporting my dreams.

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