Consultants support the effectiveness of nonprofit agencies and grantmakers in many ways. For example, you might turn to a consultant to bring expertise on a specialized topic, to help you understand and address a major challenge, or to facilitate alignment within a group. But no single consultant can do everything, client organizations often have a lot at stake when they engage an outside service provider, and the inherent power dynamic between consultant and client needs to be managed well to develop a productive partnership.

How do you find and collaborate with a consultant effectively to reach your goals? This tool features nine steps that can help your organization build strong relationships with consultants, adding value through a sound investment of your time and money. It is accompanied by links to other resources that can inform your work with consultants.


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There are almost as many reasons to hire a consultant as there are consultants. These resources will help you take the right steps to find, hire, and manage a consultant who will deliver what you need whether it be for strategy, evaluation, communications, or providing fundraising advice and support for your grantee partners.

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