Adapt for the Future: Organizational Development & Strategic Services

Get one-to-one assistance and organizational support tailored to your needs and driven by the latest national trends and research. We focus on organizational culture as well as building new skills and practices, with an approach that engages teams and sparks future-forward thinking. Services include:

  • Governance and board support
  • Succession planning
  • Strategic planning
  • Consultation on structural collaboration and mergers
Strengthen Your Daily Work: Technical Assistance & Training

For more than two decades, the Johnson Center has connected nonprofits to essential tools and best practices that help their organizations run well and grow strong. We offer organizational assessments, personalized training, and technical assistance, in a range of areas:

  • Data Management and Tools
  • Fund Development Training and Consultation
  • Program Development and Evaluation
  • Volunteer Management
Advance Your Career: Ongoing Education & Professional Development

Stay on top of the ins and outs of nonprofit management and stretch your skill set with our courses and professional development programs. We offer a range of learning opportunities depending on your interest and availability, all of which address common issues, including board development, fundraising, strategic planning, leadership, and more.


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