Nonprofit Consulting: Get Started, Get Clients, Grow, and Evolve

4 Video-based Lessons | Free Book | 4 CFRE Hours | Lifetime Access

Thinking about Consulting? This Course Will Give You Everything You Need to Succeed as a Consultant

Are you seriously considering becoming a nonprofit-sector consultant and need a plan for getting started correctly? Are you already a consultant, new or well-experienced, with a need to supercharge the marketing, promotion, and selling of your services? Are you ready to grow and evolve as a consultant?

If so, I get it. I, too, am a consultant. I’ve been honing my craft for decades, and I’ve loved every minute of it.

In this course, you will learn options for structuring your consulting practice, how to choose the services you’ll offer and the markets you will serve, how to market your services, and how to sell yourself and your expertise to clients.

For beginners, I’ll talk about the decision you need to make before getting started. I will guide you through the practical stuff you need to know, like what kind of legal structures are available, what state registration is required for fundraising consultants, and the importance of having a business plan.

No doubt you have plenty of experience and expertise in your field to offer your clients. If you’re like every nonprofit consultant I’ve ever met (me included), your challenge is marketing your services. Over the years, I’ve learned to cast my nets widely, and that has made all the difference. I’ll teach you how to get your name out there, how to choose the right clients, and how to sell yourself and your services to those clients. We’ll even talk about writing and signing the contract with the client.

I’ll help you decide if, when, and how to hire staff, engage independent contractors, or form collaborations or partnerships. I’ll talk about reinventing yourself as your practice grows. I’ll even discuss when it’s time to retire or leave consulting if it isn’t working out.

So, if you want to grow as a consultant, sign up for Nonprofit Consulting: Get Started, Get Clients, Grow, and Evolve now!

Maya K. van Rossum

I am happy to say that today our organization has continued to grow, and I give much of the credit for that growth to the tremendous support Linda provided at that key time in our organizational life. I do want to add, that it was not just the professionalism and knowledge that Linda brought to the effort which was so special, it was the personal attention to detail and support that she provided – she became a teacher, mentor, and friend and instilled a level of trust in everyone that ensured the near term and long term success of our work together and beyond.

Maya K. van Rossum

the Delaware Riverkeeper
Matt Hugg, President & Founder, Nonprofit.Courses

Listen closely to Linda. She knows nonprofits because she’s worked in, and with, thousands from all over the globe. She’s ready to help. Just ask. Linda’s one of the most approachable “fundraising gurus” you’ll meet. She pulls from her experience with thousands of nonprofits from all over the world to solve the most important problem in front of her – yours.

Matt Hugg

President & Founder, Nonprofit.Courses
Denise Layman

I have had the good fortune to know Linda Lysakowski for over 15 years. She is a great resource and mentor, with extensive experience in capital campaigns, organizational effectiveness, and fundraising. Linda's depth of knowledge, insight, leadership, and compassion for the nonprofit sector exemplifies her character and spirit as an invaluable resource and a leading consultant to nonprofit organizations and leaders today.

Denise Layman

St Mary’s University
Judy Henderson, M.Ed. Mgt.

Over the past several years at its annual statewide conferences, Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence has been fortunate to offer workshops presented by Linda. Not only is she an author, instructor, and speaker, but also a consultant that I have known for two decades. Her depth of knowledge on fundraising and nonprofit boards of directors rises her above the crowd. She has the deep experience to assist nonprofit organizations that are struggling with building their capacity and sustainability with practical tips to meet immediate concerns followed by long-term strategies for the organization to meet its goals.

Judy Henderson, M.Ed. Mgt.

Training Coordinator, NCEDSV
Linda Smith, President, Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation

Linda has been an integral part of our strategic planning effort for nearly three years, both as a consultant and a mentor to our board and our National Atomic Testing Museum staff. During that time, she has worked closely with both the Foundation’s Trustees and the Museum’s subject matter experts to assist us in forging an overall strategic direction and framework, as well as a detailed implementation plan.

Linda Smith

President, Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation
Steve Titlebaum, Consultant

Linda knows fundraising inside and out. Her corporate giving presentation gave me the ideas, tips, and direction to craft a new strategy for my organization. By creating a unique stewardship plan, we had donors increase their support, sponsor additional events, and increase overall engagement with the organization. A win-win for all of us.

Steve Titlebaum

Consultant, Fundraiser with 20+ years’ experience
Denise Spivak, Deputy Director, CenterLink

Linda has been educating our members for years. She is engaging and has a strong command of her subject matter. Her presentations are chock-full of valuable information and always include key strategies to take back and implement – real, actionable things that our members can use!

Denise Spivak

Deputy Director, CenterLink

What's Included?

  • 4 Comprehensive Lessons

    The course is divided into 4 comprehensive video lessons of approximately 4 hours of instruction.

  • Samples, forms, and templates

    Linda provides immediately usable samples, forms, and templates.

  • Receive Even More Advice and Insights

    Receive in your inbox a steady stream of expert advice and insights from Linda even after you've taken the course — available only to course registrants.

  • Immediate Access

    As soon as you register, you have access to all parts of the course. You will find it a delight to navigate to any lesson.

  • Direct Access to Linda

    You will be able to participate in exclusive private live online Q&A sessions where Linda takes your questions on any topic covered by the course.

  • Free Book for the Course

    You will receive the PDF version of Linda's book, The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook. The book is a valuable supplement to everything you'll learn in the course.

  • 100% Guaranteed Satisfaction

    If you are not satisfied for any reason, Linda will cheerfully fund your fee if requested within 30 days of registration.

  • Network with Your Peers

    You will be invited to join Linda’s private Facebook Group. You can discuss the challenges you are facing.

  • 2020 CFRE Approved Provider for Continuing Education

    4 CFRE Units

    Linda is an approved provider for CFRE Continuing Education. This course is approved for 4 CFRE Continuing Education units.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is this course?

The course consists of approximately 6 hours of video instruction, divided into 6 lessons.

Can I take the course at my own pace?

Absolutely. You have lifetime access so you can take and retake the sessions whenever you want.

Can I get help if I have questions?

Absolutely. When you purchase the course, you get access to a private Facebook group, where you can post as many questions as you want and have Linda. get back to you.

Is there a satisfaction guarantee?

Yes. I stand behind all of my courses. You can ask for a refund within thirty days of purchase, no questions asked.

What does lifetime access mean?

Lifetime access means a minimum of one year and then for as long as this course is offered to the public for purchase.

May I share this course?

This course is designed for your individual use only. But if you have a group that would benefit from this training, contact me using the Ask Linda button above and we can explore a group rate.

Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE

About Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE

Linda is one of approximately one hundred professionals worldwide to hold the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive designation. Linda is the author or co-author of more than two dozen books for nonprofit professionals.

Linda has more than thirty years in the development field. She worked for a university and a museum before starting her consulting firm. In her more than a quarter-century as a philanthropic consultant, Linda has managed capital campaigns that have raised more than $50 million, helped hundreds of nonprofit organizations achieve their development goals, and trained more than forty thousand development professionals in most of the fifty states of the United States as well as Canada, Mexico, Egypt, and Bermuda.

She served on the Association of Fundraising Philanthropy (AFP) Foundation for Philanthropy Board and on the Professional Advancement Division for AFP. She is a past president of the Eastern Pennsylvania and Sierra (Nevada) AFP chapters. She received the Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year award from the Eastern Pennsylvania, Las Vegas, and Sierra (Nevada) chapters of AFP, was honored with the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Service to AFP, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Las Vegas AFP chapter.

Linda is a graduate of Alvernia University with majors in banking and finance as well as theology/philosophy, and a minor in communications. As a graduate of AFP’s Faculty Training Academy, she is a Master Teacher.

Ask Linda

If you would like to receive a discount for the purchase of three or more courses at one time, let me know. If you have a group that can benefit, I'm happy to discuss group rates. Of course, I'm happy to answer any questions about this or any of my courses. Just ask!

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