What We Do

About Our Services

At ESC, our team of 100+ highly-trained, executive level consultants dedicate their time, knowledge and expertise to help our nonprofit clients succeed. Our consultants partner closely with our clients, providing a consistently high level of service and devoting the necessary time to achieve results – and ensure lasting impact.

Our volunteers undergo an extensive vetting process and – if selected to become part of our consultant corps — receive rigorous training in nonprofit best practices and strategies. They are then carefully matched on each new project, connecting each consultant’s skills and approach with the individual needs and organizational culture of the client.

Our Programs

Institutes & Programs

Julia Fischer

Vice President, Client Services

Board Development

Our consultants help nonprofit boards better understand and fulfill their governance responsibilities. We work closely with board and staff leadership to clarify board roles and responsibilities, and strengthen board contributions to recruitment, oversight, planning, fundraising and overall organizational and leadership development. To learn more about ESC’s Board Development services, click here.

Julia Fischer

Vice President, Client Services

Coordinated Coaching and Alignment

Perfect for organizations seeking enhanced and aligned management practices. From developing a strong management bench to creating leadership alignment to defining a culture of “how we do things here,” ESC coaching teams are driving change and growth across the sector. 

Julia Fischer

Vice President, Client Services

Customized Consulting

For clients with unique needs, we provide customized consultations to address organizational priorities not covered by our usual service areas. Our consultants provide critical feedback and assist in the development of implementation strategies in areas such as financial oversight, human resources, volunteer management, program evaluation and competitive analysis.

Meghan Maloney

Director, Volunteers and Cohort Programs

Developing Development Program (DDP)

Developing Development Program (DDP) is a comprehensive 10-month program designed to help organizations build the tools and strategies they need to raise more money and deepen their impact in the community.

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Meghan Maloney

Director, Volunteers and Cohort Programs

Executive Directors Leadership Institute (EDLI)

Our Executive Directors Leadership Institute (EDLI) is a 12-month program designed to help both new and experienced Executive Directors improve their leadership, strengthen their network and guide their organizations toward long-term sustainability and effectiveness.

Julia Fischer

Vice President, Client Services

Fund Development

Our consultants empower our clients in building an effective, team-based fund development culture across their organizations. We help develop robust individual giving strategies that are responsive to our clients’ unique needs, mission and vision.

Julia Fischer

Vice President, Client Services

Leadership Coaching

ESC provides one-on-one leadership coaching for nonprofit executive, staff and board leaders. Our consultants serve as coaches and guides to assist our clients in strategizing about specific management challenges, building their leadership skills and improving organizational effectiveness. To learn more about ESC’s Leadership Coaching services, click here.

Julia Fischer

Vice President, Client Services

Organizational Assessment 

ESC consultants help nonprofit organizations take stock of their work, structure, and culture, and decide what to strengthen for the future.  

Julia Fischer

Vice President, Client Services

Strategic Planning

ESC guides our nonprofit clients through an intensive strategic planning process that helps them define or confirm their vision, mission and values and identify both short- and long-term goals to better fulfill their missions. Our consultants assist our clients in creating tangible action items and provide critical guidance and input during the implementation process. To learn more about ESC’s Strategic Planning services, click here.

Julia Fischer

Vice President, Client Services

Succession Management 

Perfect for organizations looking to stabilize their human resources. Identifying, recruiting, and retaining the right talent is essential to a nonprofit’s ability to meet its mission.  

Meghan Maloney

Director, Volunteers and Cohort Programs

Customized Leadership Cohort Programs

Through our Customized Leadership Cohort Programs, ESC works with partners – including foundations, corporations and community leaders – to increase their impact on the organizations and areas of need they care about most.