Working with Consultants

Maximizing Value from External Experts and Services

Hiring and Engaging a Consultant: Guides from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

Does your foundation need skills or capacity that you might not have on staff or your board? Aligning the right consultant with an organization’s need, budget, and work style can generate significant benefits. But no single consultant can do everything, and client organizations often have a lot at stake when they engage an outside service provider. Learn from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation’s guidance and lessons learned in this NCFP Content Collection.

Additional Resources from the NCFP Knowledge Center

Family foundations come with a unique set of dynamics, like their dedication to preserving a legacy and to sharing decision-making among family members. These dynamics are often a significant influence on a foundation’s governance and operations, and they can also extend to how family foundations’ experiences with consultants differ from those of other foundations or nonprofits. The following additional resources explore common experiences that lead family foundations to seek external help and recommendations for managing successful consulting engagements.

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