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The Skills Translate - Part 1

Alex and I first talked about my joining CSR in 2017. We’d known each other for many years and had even worked together with a nonprofit project in the region. I was just starting my career in consulting, but I’d spent the previous 19 years working for and with nonprofits. I worried I had no business working in the for-profit realm. I’ll never forget Alex’s response when I shared my concerns, “Betsy, the skills translate!” And he was right. It’s been exciting to put my organizational development experience to work with CSR’s clients for almost four years now.

My time here has also taught me that CSR’s experience with for-profit companies is much needed in the nonprofit industry. As we like to say, “All organizations need to know where they are headed and how to get there,” and your company’s tax status doesn’t change that simple fact. Funders, stakeholders, and constituent expectations continue to grow despite an ever-shifting resource pool. With the recent addition of seasoned nonprofit professionals Patrick Larkin and Elena Potter, CSR now has a team dedicated to accelerating the growth of small- & medium-sized nonprofit organizations with a comprehensive suite of services:

  • Strategic Planning

  • Strategy Implementation

  • Marketing/Referral Management & Development

  • Money Management

  • People Management

  • Customized solutions for:

    • Board Training & Evaluation

    • Marketing & Social Media

    • Board & Executive Leadership Recruitment and/or Onboarding

    • Systems & IT

    • Treasury

We collaborate and define or refine the institution’s mission, vision, and values and then actively use them as the guardrails for strategic decision-making. We’ve been in your shoes, and we can help!

In my next post, I’ll talk more about our Strategic Planning Process for Nonprofits, a new offering that builds on CSR’s tried-and-true model, but refined for the nonprofit user. Our philosophy is that a strategic plan must be a practical, easy to implement, user-friendly tool to guide the work of the organization -- one that will not sit on a shelf. Stay tuned!

Want to learn more about how CSR can help your nonprofit grow? Reach out--we’d love to hear from you!


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