Are you thinking of hiring a nonprofit consultant?

Most organizations consider consultants when they need to access a skill that does not exist in the organization or when there is limited in house capacity or they need an objective third party to help them move forward. Hiring a nonprofit consultant can be a substantial investment and you want to maximize your chance for success.

Here are 10 questions to ask consultants before you engage them:

  1. How many years of experience do you have as a consultant?
  2. How many clients are you working with right now? How many are nonprofits?
  3. How do you think you can help us?
  4. How are you different than other nonprofit consultants?
  5. Do you customize your approach? Can you give an example of how you customized a project to meet the client’s distinct needs?
  6. Who would be the primary consultant on this job?
  7. Tell us about a success you have had with a similar project.
  8. What will need to happen to make this engagement a success?
  9. Is your project price all inclusive? What is NOT included in the price?
  10. Do you have the capacity right now to take on this job?

Asking these questions will not only help you get clearer on the type and scope of services you will be getting, it also shows the nonprofit consultant that you are serious, invested, and ready to move forward. A win-win for both sides.

If you have more questions about the questions you should ask a nonprofit consultant, ASK US! Send us an email to We’ve heard them all and would love to chat with you.