Coaching has been shown to be an effective tool to help nonprofit leaders respond to the challenges and pressures of their roles.

What is Coaching

Working with a coach is different from working with a consultant or mentor. Coaching provides one-on-one access to an experienced professional who can challenge and support you as you explore the issues relating to your work. The relationship relies on trust, honesty and dialogue. All discussions are confidential. A coach can help you think through major decisions, discover new strategies and ways of work, set goals and chart the next step in your development.

How the Program Works
  • A client’s individual consultant is selected from our pool of experienced professionals based upon any specific functional area needs and personal compatibility.
  • A consulting agreement is formalized between the client and the consultant, identifying the specific areas of focus, the necessary commitment of the client and the consultant’s expected activities.
  • We recommend at least a 3 month coaching commitment, with in-person meetings once a month and phone calls between meetings.
Benefits of coaching include:

• Having a sounding board to test ideas within a supportive, confidential environment

• Accountability to focus and stay on task

• Creation and implementation of personal or organizational development plans

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A study about coaching conducted by Compasspoint Nonprofit Services found that coaching had a “profound impact” on nonprofit leaders’ management and leadership skills, relationships with staff and board members, overall job satisfaction and work-life balance, and confidence and adaptability. The organizations of these leaders showed improved teamwork and communication, increased financial stability and fundraising capacity, and greater clarity in decision-making processes and staff roles.