The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook: Winning Strategies from 25 Leaders in the Field

edited by Susan Schaefer and Linda Lysakowski


What if you could sit down with 25 successful nonprofit consultants and ask them what makes their businesses tick? In this book, Susan Schaefer and Linda Lysakowski have compiled a first-of-its-kind insight into the everyday lives of consultants to the nonprofit sector. This collection of firsthand articles takes the reader on a journey that spans a consultant’s professional life—from the decisions that formed the business to a detailed set of options for winding it down.

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  • Learn about the variety of paths to longevity in the consulting field from professionals with different corporate structures, both large and small.
  • Apply the practical advice from consultants who represent a broad spectrum of opinions, personalities and business approaches.
  • Benefit from consultants’ ideas about start-up, growth, and maturity and conventional topics, such as how to price your services and navigate marketing options.
  • Discover how you can reinvent yourself and your company, what to do when it’s not working, and how to plan for your own succession.


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About the Editor

Susan Schaefer, CFRE, is a consultant, writer and speaker who has empowered dozens of organizations to exceed their financial goals. She helped lead the design and implementation of the billion-dollar Gates Millennium Scholars Program, one of the largest private grants in history. She is slated to teach fundraising at Johns Hopkins University. See more at

Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE, a philanthropic consultant since 1993, is one of approximately 100 professionals worldwide to hold the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive designation. She is the author of a dozen books on fundraising, including Fundraising for the Genius. See more at

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