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February 10th, 2017 6:19pm

Over the past 8 years, we’ve worked more than 80 nonprofit organizations on a wide variety of projects. We believe we are still recognized for the great work we do in the area of nonprofit strategic planning. Humbly, our beliefs are still fueled by our clients.

Nearly all, if not all nonprofits engage consultants to guide them through the development of what is typically a three-year strategic plan. Oh, sometimes it’s longer and every once in a great while it’s shorter, but three years is pretty much the de facto standard. And, we’ve seen nonprofits who don’t use consultants to help with strategic planning at all. They do it themselves (usually to save money) and, well, these are not typically the most dynamic or effective strategic plans out there.

Just sayin’.

So, the process goes like this…

The board ...

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interSector Partners: Take Five, it’s Friday

February 3rd, 2017 11:58am - Posted By: Caryn Capriccioso

A weekly(-ish) roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends.

If we tell you how boring this week’s Take Five will be, will you read it? Turns out, not everything is earth-shattering, or even very interesting, yet is important nonetheless. 

1. Boring, but important. The IRS has released an updated 990-EZ Short Form Return of Organizational Exempt from Income Tax along with “assistive pop-up information.” Yes, we subscribe to the EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits (because we’re extra fun like that!) and you can, too.

2. Still boring, but quite helpful. The IRS provides life cycle content for nonprofits to understand the necessary filing requirements and forms. Whether starting out or ...

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Budgets – Can’t Live With ‘Em, Can’t Live Without ‘Em

January 24th, 2017 8:30am - Posted By: Rick Zwetsch

Seen at the end of too many Requests for Proposal (RFP)…

“Based on your proposed approach, please submit a draft budget estimate for the project.”

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“To respond to this RFP, please prepare materials to address the following: The fee for all service provided by your firm. Please identify any additional services that could include additional fees.”

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“Provide a good-faith cost estimate for your recommended solution, itemized by major component. Estimates should be fixed cost, not time and material. Provide unit costs for each major component to allow for a projection of costs under alternative configuration scenarios. Define the number of estimated labor hours by category ...

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interSector Partners: Take Five, it’s Friday

January 20th, 2017 12:42pm - Posted By: Caryn Capriccioso

A weekly(-ish) roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends.

Change is all around us; in fact it’s known to be “the only constant…” This week we focus on the importance of adapting to change for sustainability.

1.       Expanding, contracting, adding or adjusting. interSector had the pleasure of working with the Metro Volunteers board of directors and staff as they explore opportunities to enhance services to meet changing community needs. Looking forward to a front row seat as the new vision comes to life.

2.       Seeing the writing on the wall – and getting out ahead of it. Two years ago, Planned Pare ...

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A Top Ten List – Things You’ll Never Hear from Your Consultant

January 17th, 2017 10:22am - Posted By: Rick Zwetsch

 A Top Ten List of Things You'll Never Hear From Your Consultant

1. You're right; we're billing way too much for this.

2. Bet you I can go a week without saying "synergy" or "value-added.”

3. How about paying us based on the success of the project?

4. This whole strategy is based on a Harvard business case I read.

5. Actually, the only difference is that we charge more than they do.

6. I don't know enough to speak intelligently about that.

7. Implementation? I only care about writing long reports.

8. I can't take the credit. It was Ed in your marketing department.

9. The problem is, you have too much work for too few people.

10. Everything looks okay to me. You really don't need me.

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Working with Consultants: A to Z

January 9th, 2017 11:17am - Posted By: Rick Zwetsch

Over the past thirty-eight years (1979-2017) I've worked with consultants, I've hired consultants and I've made my living as an independent consultant. I've done all the above in numerous different industries ranging from banking and construction to insurance to marketing and advertising consumer goods to nonprofits and social enterprise. I’ve worked in many different capacities over different time frames in my career. I've studied what works and what doesn't when it comes to consulting "process" and even treated myself to a little formal training. No, not from those Big 8, no wait, Big 4, or was it Big 2 consulting firms. Who knows how many there are or what they're called nowadays?

Most of my consulting learning and experience has come from that infamous School of Hard Knocks. I'm proud to say that and say it with head held high. I believe that's where most of the really meaningful consulting rubber not only hits the r ...

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interSector Partners: Take Five, it’s Friday

January 6th, 2017 10:45am - Posted By: Caryn Capriccioso

A weekly(-ish) roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends makes its return in 2017. Did you miss it? We know we did!

Since it’s a new year, we thought it was a good time to take stock:

1.       interSector reserves the last week of December to plan for the coming year and beyond. In 2017, you’ll hear more about our continued professional development, a new Web site, how we’re managing time, program transitions and, most excitingly, interSector Partners 2.0. Stay tuned…

2.       We each have 8,760 hours in any given year. What are you going to do with yours? We’re loving the 8,760 Hours tool to help you reflect, consider the ideal you, address your concerns about succ ...

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Now We Are Six

February 20th, 2015 12:27pm

interSector Partners, L3C Now We Are Six                                                                                   interSector Partners, L3C

Six years ago during this little thing called "the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression," we had a crazy idea to start a business. Believing that it was time for a new way of doing good *and* doing business, interSector was born to support changemakers working within any business structure as they leverage their talents to make a difference in the world. At the time, terms like impact and social entrepreneur, alternative b ...

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interSectors Take Five for Friday

January 23rd, 2015 3:08pm

A weekly(-ish) roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends. Mostly professional, some personal – with a focus on the positive.

1.       L3C interest ebbs and flows – this month it’s flowing. Based on the number of downloads of Who is the L3C Entrepreneur? and inquiries to interSector from folks hoping to start an L3C, we know that interest in this LLC-based structure for social good is here to stay.

2.       A new book to support the above point. From our good friend and leader in the entrepreneurship, social enterprise and impact investing space, Marc Lane brings u ...

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interSectors Take Five for Friday

January 9th, 2015 5:18pm

A weekly(-ish) roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends. Mostly professional, some personal – with a focus on the positive.

Welcome Back and Happy New Year!  Kick-back, take five and enjoy our 2015 Predictions Edition.

1. Social enterprise and social change take center stage in Colorado this year. Between Colorado Impact Day this fall, the Social Enterprise Alliance Summit in Denver, new businesses launching through the Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange, and a slew of other exciting projects and initiatives, this will be a good year for doing good!

2. Innovative and creative sources of capital.

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