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Finding the Right Consultant for Your NonProfit

If you’re hiring a consultant for your nonprofit, it is probably to help with such tasks as event planning, board orientation and development, public relations and so on. Before reviewing candidates, make sure you have defined your exact goals for taking this step.

To start your search, ask around. Approach organizations that had worked or are still working with consultants. The Association of Fundraising Professionals or the Alliance for Nonprofit Management and similar groups may also be able to provide assistance.

Exploring Candidates

Once you have leads, ask for an RFP (requests for proposal) from each one. Study their documents and schedule interviews with those who have captured your interest. Don’t be distracted from the basics – professional knowledge and solid experience with projects similar to yours, an excellent track record, and a personality that rhymes with yours and your team’s.

Individual against Firm

Another crucial decision you will be faced with is whether you want to hire a person or a company. If you hire an individual, you will save cash, but note that working with a firm means getting a more comprehensive perspective on issues, considering there will be several heads at work. Additionally, ask each candidate to provide at least two or three client references for performance evaluation purposes.

Dissecting Proposals

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At this point, you should be able to tell which candidate or candidates seem worthy of further consideration, and ask them to give you a proposal. Apart from their experience and qualifications, there are other issues you should take into account when studying a proposal – for example, how well the consultant understands the goals of your project; their capacity to deliver desired results on time and on budget;their ingenuity in soliciting more details about your project and organization; and other groups they may have partnered with in the past.

Paying for Consultancy

Consultants are often compensated on an hourly or project basis. The more common is the second, where the consultant submits a quote based on the scope of the work to be performed. To set their fees, consultants often consider the time element, and if they end up underestimating the time that they actually spend on the project, there will be no extra charge. This safeguards the client’s project against unexpected expenses.

On the other hand, per-hour billing is advisable when the client only needs coaching or counsel from time to time. Should you decide to go with this billing model, make sure you know what exactly is included in the hourly rate (for instance, travel and accommodation, phone calls, office visits, etc.).

If you really want a particular consultant but you are quoted a cost that is more than your budget, ask them if you could work at trimming the scope of work while still ensuring that your needs are met.

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