Alan Cantor believes that there are certain truths about how charitable organizations should operate, but also that each institution is unique.
Al understands that each organization has its own distinct culture. Even as he proposes changes in the way an organization does business, he recognizes and respects its history and tries to build upon its strengths. One size does not fit all. Your organization has its unique needs and challenges. Al helps you implement solutions that are right for you.
Al helps organizations take an objective view of how they have been conducting their business. Certain activities happen every year – but are they worth doing? More to the point, what isn’t being done because less productive activities are monopolizing the time of the staff and board? Does the board meet too often and accomplish too little? Al helps CEOs, staff, and board members reorder their priorities so their time is used more effectively, and so the organization can meet its mission in the fullest possible way.
Al is deeply familiar with the interface of nonprofits and donors. He has over 35 years of experience in translating the needs and priorities of charitable organizations into language that connects with donors and funders. He helps nonprofits build strategies that develop and strengthen those relationships.
Al works to build close and trusting relationships with clients. He is tireless at spending time, one-on-one and in groups, with staff and board members. He is an engaging and lively facilitator, helping participants work through difficult challenges. He uses humor to lighten the mood and illustrate a point.
And he remembers, at all times, that the work is about the organization and its needs, not about him. Al finds solutions that make sense for the client.
“Al provided us with an excellent assessment that gave a new sense of direction to the board and the organization as a whole. He was always available, and he brought things forward that could only come from a third party. Above all, he took the topic of raising money (which scares people) and made what might be intimidating feel possible. Would I hire him again? Yes! In fact, I already have!”Maureen Beauregard,