About Howard ConsultingMy name is Linda Howard and I work with nonprofit leaders who do great things and make a difference in our world.
Who We Are
I have passions and energies too. My energies and passions are focused on helping nonprofit leaders make the business side of their nonprofit stronger, so the people can be laser-focused on the complex problems and causes that have triggered their passions and captured their energies.
It pains me to see nonprofit organizations doing great work, but truly struggling to stay in business. Yet, it’s one of the most common struggles I see with my clients.
And nonprofits are most certainly businesses! They have many of the same needs as any other business – more revenue, better strategies, effective processes, lower costs, and solid management skills and capabilities. Plus, they have the added challenges of having volunteer staff and board members and missions where showing impact is very difficult.
Yet, somehow they must find the time and energy to pay attention to the business.
I frequently help my clients see how the principles of project management could be applied to their business struggles. The business of most nonprofits and associations involves many individual projects (e.g., planning a job fair, fundraising campaigns, creating new programs and services, implementing new technology, etc.). When these kinds of projects and the folks who are leading them, struggle, the entire organization struggles.
Many of the humans running those projects didn’t plan to be project managers when they joined the nonprofit. They simply wanted to make the world a better place!
Most have had very little training or professional development to help them figure out what needs to be done, which things need to be done first, how long those things will take, how much they might cost, how to create a plan for everything, how to get other people to work together to get the work done, or how to learn from the experience so that the next project they lead will be easier or more effective.
Most are simply trying to do the best they can to do good work, check the project management “box”, and get back to their “real” jobs. They just want to do the good work of their nonprofit better.
I refer to these folks as “accidental” project managers. Is this you? If you’ve read this far, then I suspect you either think of yourself as an “accidental” project manager, or you know someone who could use some help.
Our mission is to help nonprofit organizations build stronger businesses so they can grow, be sustainable, and make a bigger difference.
We envision a time when nonprofit organizations embrace strategic and project management thinking as a natural way to enrich lives and solve society’s most challenging problems.
How Can We Help?
We also offer one-on-one project management coaching and our Group Action Plan program to help reinforce the training and enable you to take action to improve your project results.
We offer consulting and services to help you evaluate your processes and figure out where the bottlenecks and stumbling blocks are. Then we work with you to prioritize the improvements that would make the biggest impact. Finally, we work together to create and implement a plan that would make a measurable difference for your organization.
We often facilitate meetings and events to help groups and teams work better together, define strategic goals and priorities, improve processes, or make strategic decisions.
After more than twenty years and scores of projects, our clients often share they walk away with new ideas and more organized ways to plan, manage, or launch a program or an event. They create action plans to improve their processes so they experience better outcomes from each of their projects and are able to start their projects faster and keep them on track easier.
Outstanding service is at the heart of everything we do. We believe in working with our clients as a team. Our success begins with the success and satisfaction of our clients.
Our goal is to help you solve your immediate issues and then work collaboratively to help you help yourself in the future.