Consulting

ON-DEMAND WEBINARS (RECORDINGS)
Topic: Consulting

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DIY Project Management Tools for Grant Professionals
This session will be an in-depth presentation that discusses the merits of proactive project management and how this can be used in one’s daily work. The session will start off with an overview of project management research and why it is important to apply this practice into daily work (referencing a previous GPA Journal article). There will then be a presentation on use and applicability of a project management plan and project charter. The presenter will infuse real life examples and also integrate free tools that can be developed by the participants after the completion of the webinar. This session is a follow-up to the standing room only session that was offered at the 2016 GPA Conference in Atlanta.

Presenter: Rachel Werner, GPC
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GPC CEU: 1.0 credit hour
Level of Experience: Beginner, Intermediate
Date Recorded: 05/24/2017
GPC Competencies: 03. Effective Program/Project Design; 06. Ethical Practices; 07. Professionalism

 
Is Consulting Your Next Calling?
If you’ve thought about hanging out your shingle as a consultant, but have questions or reservations, maybe some fears, this session is for you.  You will hear from two long-time consultants to the nonprofit sector who have built successful solo practices and multiple-employee firms.  We will touch on the character traits, myths and realities of consulting as well as what it takes to be successful.

Presenters: Susan Schaefer and Don Tebbe
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GPC CEU: 1.0 credit hour
Level of Experience: Intermediate; Advanced
Date Recorded: 07/21/2016
GPC Competencies: 07. Professionalism


So, You Want to Be a Consultant? (Two Part Series - For Intermediate and Advanced Professionals)
Part One Description - So, You Want To Be A Consultant?
More fundraising professionals than ever are becoming consultants, and those professionals have an increasing influence on the sector. This session is designed for new consultants and those who want to start a consulting practice. We will talk strictly about how to start and operate your consulting business using best practices and offer down-to-earth, practical tips from two consulting veterans.

We will discuss the range of issues you need to think about when you start your own business, such as how to determine your scope of work, legal steps, and marketing strategies. The goal of the session will be to stress the many ways in which a nonprofit consulting practice can be successful. There is no one path.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn the basic steps to starting up a consulting practice
  • Examine the diverse approaches that make consultants in our sector successful
  • Think through the strategies you can take now to make your business sustainable
 
Part Two Description - Growing a Successful Consulting Practice
This session is designed for consultants who are already practicing as consultants and want to expand their services, garner more clients through marketing efforts, and learn to use human, financial and other resources as efficiently as possible. Grant writing professionals who are new or experienced consultants will benefit from the experience of two who have worked in the field for over thirty years combined.

In particular, we will focus on how to grow, reinvent or reinvigorate your business with your changing needs and interests.

Learning objectives:
  • Figure out what to do to keep your client base robust
  • Determine the ideal staffing structure for your business
  • Consider how you might reinvent yourself and your business
 
Presenters: Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE and Susan Schaefer, CFRE
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GPC CEU: 1.0 credit hour
CFRE CEU: 1.0 credit hour in category 1.B-Education
Level of Experience: Intermediate; Advanced
Date Recorded: 12/18/2013 (Part One) and 01/09/2014 (Part Two)
GPC Competencies: 07. Professionalism

So, You Want to Be a Consultant? (Beginners)
More fundraising professionals than ever are becoming consultants, and those professionals have an increasing influence on the sector. This session is designed for new consultants and those who want to start a consulting practice. We will talk about how to start and operate your consulting business using best practices and offer down-to-earth, practical tips from two consulting veterans. We will also offer our own lessons learned, humorous stories and how to prepare for the unexpected.

The goal of the session will be to stress the many ways in which a nonprofit consulting practice can be successful. There is no one path.
We will discuss the range of issues you need to think about when you start your own business, such as how to determine your scope of work, legal steps, and marketing strategies. We will then encourage questions on a range of topics, from starting a business to growing it to winding down. The presentation will be based on the presenters’ combined 30 years experience as consultants, as well as that of the 25 contributors in the book they recently co-edited: The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook: Winning Strategies from 25 Leaders in the Field.

Presenters: Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE and Susan Schaefer, CFRE
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GPC CEU: 1.0 credit hour
CFRE CEU: 1.0 credit hour in category 1.B-Education
Level of Experience: Beginner
Date Recorded: 04/23/2013
GPC Competencies: 07. Professionalism

Riding the Wave of Consulting
Riding the Wave of Consulting offers the offers the grant professional tools, tips and techniques to get started and achieve success. This webinar addresses: Getting started; the business plan road to success; business description; marketing; finances; management; and challenges and realities.

This practical webinar is targeted for the beginner to advanced and is aligned with the skill tracks of:
  • Proposal development – pre-planning;
  • Communication skills; Resource knowledge/grant research;
  • Professional ethics;
  • Professional development;
  • Grant management and reporting; and
  • Other

Presenter: Linda Gatten Butler, MSW, ACSW, LISW
GPA CharityUniversity Webinar
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GPC CEU: 1.5 credit hours
CFRE CEU: 1.5 credit hours in category 1.B-Education
Level of Experience: Intermediate
Date Recorded: N/A
GPC Competencies: 07. Professionalism