Alan Cantor makes good nonprofits stronger by helping them position themselves for success.

Al works in a variety of ways with his clients.

Strategic Planning: Al helps staff and board leadership conduct strategic planning processes that take into account the ever-changing environment. He helps organizations understand their place in the constellation of service providers, and he facilitates consideration of major steps, such as mergers or significant realignments of mission.

Strategic Analyses: Al conducts in-depth research into the challenges, opportunities, and choices facing nonprofits, resulting in recommendations that frame the key choices to be made in the strategic planning process.

Development Assessments: Al helps organizations analyze their fundraising staffing, plans, methods, priorities, and infrastructure, and recommends adjustments so they can best achieve their goals.

Campaign Feasibility Studies: Organizations often need to test the waters before launching a major campaign. Al will help you craft a persuasive case statement. He will then test it with donors and funders and give you a candid assessment of the potential success of your campaign.

Campaign Counsel: Al helps structure a campaign, prioritize prospects, train and support your volunteer and staff solicitors, and facilitate success.

Staff and Board Training: Al provides training on a variety of subjects, including clarifying the roles of board and staff, how to prepare for a capital campaign, how to solicit gifts, understanding planned giving, and building a culture of philanthropy. In his trainings, Al works to demystify fundraising, offer practical guidance, and change the development process from a subject of apprehension to one of excitement and opportunity.

Planned Giving Services: Al is in demand for various aspects of charitable gift planning: providing training to boards and staff, making presentations to groups of donors, building the infrastructure for accepting and managing gifts, and being on-call for confidential conversations with his clients’ donors regarding their personal gift planning.

Support for Community Development Financial Institutions: Al draws on his decade of work in the field of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to help them with their special challenges in attracting the gifts, grants, and investments they need.

Executive Mentoring: Al recognizes that it's not easy being the CEO. He can help nonprofit leaders gain perspective, reprioritize their responsibilities, manage and delegate, and move the organization forward.

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Thoughts on the Nonprofit World