It’s that time of year when budgets are being inked for fiscal 2023. You’ve often reached out to ask me, “Kari if I wanted to contract with a professional that does (fill in the blank), who would you recommend?” I’m sharing more about my favorite consultants, coaches, and business that provide critical services that (most) nonprofits are not large enough to hire as full-time staff.

Here’s my list!

If you’re looking for:  Training and education

Think of:  Nancy Bacon Consulting LLC

Nancy Bacon works at the intersection of adult learning and nonprofits. At the heart of everything she does is helping nonprofit people (or the people they serve) do things differently. Nancy is a teacher known for her popular Trainer Academy program, which trains people how to teach online or in-person. She is an “action strategist” working with clients to design trainings, tools, and experiences that lead clients and partners doing things differently. Nancy’s on-demand board course is being used by two associations and others to level up board knowledge and engagement. If your project involves training, instructional design, or action-planning, send Nancy an email at n[email protected].

If you’re looking for:  Better ways to tell your story and communicate with your supporters

Think of:  Big Leap Creative & Lisa Gerber

Lisa Gerber is a communications expert and strategic storyteller. She works with nonprofit leaders and their teams to help them to communicate to connect and influence. Through one-to-one coaching or workshops, she brings an outside perspective that helps bridge the gap between what you know so well and what you hope others will understand (and act upon). Her book From So What to So Funded: How nonprofits use stories to create impact and change the world is available at or email her at [email protected].

If you’re looking for:  Grant Research and Writing

Think of:  The Dotted i

The Dotted i supports nonprofits in finding great fitting grants and securing the grant funding they need to reach their mission and goals. The experienced team of 6 professional grant writers supports nonprofits across the northwest by taking grant writing off of the to-do list of time-strapped nonprofit leaders while increasing grant revenue. Their effective grant process saves time, reduces stress, and increases grant wins! Visit  or email  [email protected].

If you’re looking for:  Auction professionals

Think of:  Elite Auctions

Professional Fundraising Ambassadors Matt and Rose Backs are more than just fast-talking Auctioneers. Using experience from hundreds of auctions generating millions of dollars, they help guide you through the timeline, Live Auction and Paddle Raise strategies to create the best return on the collective gathering of supporters at your event. Matt and Rose are professional, knowledgeable, mission-driven, and they’re pretty funny too. Our goal is that your guests will give more than they planned to and have a great time doing it. or email [email protected]

If you’re looking for:  Event planning, implementation, and execution

Think of:  Events by Jennifer Evans

Events by Jennifer Evans is an award-winning corporate event planning company that specializes in nonprofit fundraising events. Jennifer has helped organizations raise millions of dollars through the 100 fundraising events in her portfolio. What is the key to her success? Strategy. Jennifer and her team work with you – following best practices for fundraisers – to offer outstanding design and logistics support to create an unforgettable experience and donors them that their support is valued. Visit or email [email protected].

If you’re looking for:  Bookkeeping and accounting services

Think of:  Handle IT

At Handle  It Accounting, we work with a number of nonprofits ranging from camps, churches, wrestling clubs, food pantries, homeless shelters, etc. We offer payroll, payroll tax filings,  bookkeeping, bank reconciliations, accounting, tax return filings, cash flow projections, board meetings,  etc. We also prepare the State filings for these non-profits,  Passion! Gina and the Handle It Accounting team truly love helping small businesses succeed! We do more than prepare taxes. We also provide a variety of valuable services that enable businesses to optimize their profitability and minimize their tax exposure. We can help struggling companies with budgets, and back tax issues, or just help relieve the stress of payroll and payroll tax processing. We are quick to respond to calls, emails, and questions. Our rates are reasonable, and the service is superb. Handle It Accounting is a trusted name in the community. Visit or email [email protected].

If you’re looking for:  A organizational DEI expert (and more)

Think of:  Rocky Mountain Consulting

Rocky Mountain Consulting (RMC) provides culture-building training, coaching, consultations, and more. With over two decades of experience with businesses, campaigns, nonprofits, and academia RMC provides expert counsel and training to help organizations build inclusive, fair, and supportive cultures. Our approach to consulting, executive coaching and strategic planning brings equity and inclusion to the forefront of organizational development and operations. Our practice acknowledges that diversity exists naturally and that operationalizing equity helps develop inclusion and belonging. Our consulting services are designed to develop open and supportive environments where teams can explore standards and values, and individuals and organizations can grow and thrive. Visit or email [email protected].

If you’re looking for:  An updated image

Think of:  WorkStory Creative™ : Branding Beyond the Logo

Ditch your ineffective, outdated website, generic logo and blurry selfies, and let WorkStory Creative™ help you craft a brand image that looks legit.  Not only will your brand look amazing, but it will also be backed by a story-based branding and messaging strategy that gets results, whatever your goal may be.  We have 20+ years of experience and have worked with many not-for-profit organizations, including The American Heart Association, Violence Intervention Progam (VIP), Great Shape, Inc, Christian Youth Theater (CYT), and more.  We provide brand identity design, website design, copywriting, branding photography, video production, and fundraiser event graphics to help you grow your organization.  Learn more at or email [email protected].

As always, I am here to help! If you have questions not addressed in this list, reach out and let’s chat!

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About Incite! Consulting

Are you looking for nonprofit leadership development consulting services? Incite! Consulting offers services like building your non-profit, keynote speaking, and coaching services. Kari is passionate about leadership, board engagement, supporting non-profit executive directors, organizational storytelling, sustainable fundraising, and efficient, transparent business operations. For more information about our services or to discuss topics for your presentation, call us at (844) 946-2483, e-mail us, or visit our website.