Do You Need an Independent Contractor for Your Nonprofit? - dummies

Do You Need an Independent Contractor for Your Nonprofit?

By Stan Hutton, Frances Phillips

Independent contractors can help you with just about any aspect of your nonprofit organization, from managing personnel matters to hooking up a computer network. But nonprofits most commonly bring them in to help with

  • Fundraising: Fundraising consultants help with grant writing, planning for fundraising, special events, direct mail, and major gift and capital campaigns, among other methods of raising funds.

  • Organizational development: Organizational development consultants may guide your board and staff through a planning process or help you develop tools needed to evaluate your organization’s work, to name just two examples.

  • Marketing and public relations: Consultants can help you spread the word about your organization’s good work by handling a public relations campaign directed at the media, developing your website, creating compelling brochures and newsletters, creating short promotional films, and many other strategies.

  • Evaluation and assessment: Evaluators can take an in-depth look at an organization’s programs, bringing specialized skills to that assessment and the value of an unbiased point of view.

Have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish before you seek help. Sometimes you don’t know exactly what you’re aiming to accomplish, but you should still try to articulate as clearly as possible what your aim is in hiring a consultant before you go looking for one.