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We’re committed to helping nonprofit organizations solve their most challenging problems.
Empower Nonprofit Consulting is committed to putting our clients’ needs first. That means listening carefully, asking questions and taking the role of partner during the problem-solving process. We don’t want to just give you solutions; we want to walk on the journey alongside you.
Knowledge is power, especially in the nonprofit sector. We encourage research, education and information-sharing throughout the consulting process. Our goal is to leave every client with knowledge and tools that will help them address future challenges without outside assistance.
Nonprofit organizations have been tasked with solving some of society’s most challenging problems while operating with limited resources. Empower Nonprofit Consulting doesn’t ignore limitations and threats but refuses to be paralyzed by them. Instead we address barriers with a can-do attitude, looking for new opportunities while taking time to celebrate past successes.
Committed to Doing Good
For most people, the choice to work in the nonprofit sector is a conscious decision to help make the world a better place. This is true for Empower Nonprofit Consulting—the primary reason we started this business was to do more good. We will focus on that goal with every project we tackle and always be on the lookout for new partners who share our philosophy.
Don Gulbrandsen boasts more than 30 years of leadership experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. After a successful career in publishing, he returned to graduate school and earned a master of nonprofit administration degree from North Park University in Chicago. That immersive education, along with nonprofit volunteer and board service experiences, laid the groundwork for a successful career shift into the new sector.
In the nonprofit arena, Don has been fortunate to serve in a variety of roles. He has been a development director, director of business operations, volunteer manager and even a human resources recruiter. He has written grant applications earning more than $1.6 million in funding; helped develop and launch new programs; participated in strategic planning processes in a variety of roles; written comprehensive and successful fundraising and marketing plans; developed and managed many budgets; staffed and nurtured high-performing teams; and helped a variety of organizations achieve success. And he has done it all while maintaining patience, good humor and a focus on empowering his colleagues.
Don’s recent professional focus has been in social services. He has working experience in homelessness, mental health, addiction treatment, transitional and supported employment, poverty alleviation and affordable housing. He also has worked with organizations focusing on the environment, health care and developmental disabilities. He has a particular interest in fostering productive collaboration among nonprofits and developing stronger ties (beyond just asking for funds) between nonprofit organizations and the business community.