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You are on a journey…

To create an organization that is both high impact and financially sustainable.


Our clients come to us looking for clarity around critical questions, that often include:

  • What is our organization’s purpose? Where do we fit into the community?
  • Should we expand or narrow our service options?
  • What are the next steps toward increasing our financial sustainability?
  • Should we explore opportunities to partner or merge?
  • How do we prepare for the retirement of a long-term leader?
  • How do we respond to a potential opportunity (or looming crisis)?

Sound familiar? Our role as consultants is NOT to be the expert about your organization, but to act as a guide and resource as we mutually engage your key stakeholders to assemble a road map for the next phase of your journey.


Our Team

Bryan Orander is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer and consultant to nonprofits for more than 20 years in planning and leadership transition.

Don Gulbrandsen is a former nonprofit executive director and development director and has accumulated more than 30 years of leadership experience in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. 


4-Step Strategic Planning Process

As the ED/CEO or board leader charged with a strategic conversation or planning process, it can feel overwhelming to engage your board and staff team to advance your mission. We have tackled multiple levels of strategic plans, but what they all have in common is four basic steps.

Step 1: Aspiration and Inspiration
What is the change your organization desires to create in this world? While this will be refined through the planning process, a preliminary discussion is important to reflect on the current mission and vision, your perceived success in achieving it and the organization’s priorities around setting aggressive or more conservative goals for the future.

Step 2: Assessment
The most effective strategic plans/discussions are driven by objective information about your current operations, the people you serve, your community, and developments/benchmarking in your field of service.

Step 3: Planning
We work with you to reflect on what was learned through the assessment phase and contrast it to your aspirations and the work of similar organizations. This part of the process narrows and prioritizes the possibilities and begins translating it into action plans for staff and board leaders.

Step 4: Implementation
The Charitable Advisors’ team will work with staff and board leadership to establish a routine for staff and board meetings and reporting that effectively supports the priorities of the plan or decision. If desired, quarterly follow-up sessions can be scheduled with staff and board leaders as an aid to keeping implementation on track.


Take the first step with no obligation – a FREE 20-minute phone consultation.

If you are ready to have a sure-fire strategy to guide your organization for the next three to five years, invest in a respected and experienced nonprofit strategic planning consultant with significant governance expertise. It will be worth the investment. Strategic discussions and strategic planning services are priced from $5,000.

Complete the form below or contact Don Gulbrandsen or Bryan Orander for a brief 20-minute phone conversation about your project needs and budget to see if we are the best fit.

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