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Consulting Services

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Customized Training and Consulting

DANA helps nonprofits connect with experts through a range of education, networking, coaching, and consulting services to help nonprofit boards, leaders, and staff navigate governance, organizational dynamics, strategy, policy issues, and more.


Assessments can be a powerful tool to identify areas that need further discussion and/or strengthening. DANA provides access to these tools, which includes ones that we have created as well as ones that we have found to be reliable.

Consulting & Coaching

As social impact businesses, nonprofit boards and leaders are balancing the delivery of their mission with the realities of operations and costs.  DANA has brought together experienced professional consultants with expertise in a range of business and organizational topics. Typical engagements include:

  • Board governance training and coaching
  • Board and Team retreat facilitation
  • Client/Market Research
  • Strategic Planning facilitation
  • Fund development strategy 
  • Financial Management
  • Leadership coaching
  • Succession Planning
  • Advocacy & Public Policy Strategy
  • Outcome Evaluation

Consulting and coaching engagements can range from a three-hour retreat to full-year coaching support. DANA monitors the cost of consulting services and sets its consulting rates at below-market rates. These standard fees are then discounted for DANA members based on the size of their organizational budget. We have also been successful at partnering with our Alliance Partners to receive grants to help further reduce the fees.

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Workshops, Trainings, and Communities of Practice

DANA  provides an annual set of workshops and webinars based on leading practices embodied in the guiding principles of the Standards for Excellence Institute, enhanced by contemporary leadership and organizational research. We not only focus on the  WHAT but more importantly the HOW to do it.

Examples of Regularly Offered Courses:

  • Executive Director Peer Networking 
  • Board Excellence
  • Board Recruiting and Onboarding
  • Board Chair Basics
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training
  • Financial Basics and Financial Leadership
  • Program Evaluation and Outcomes Measurement
  • Resource Development
  • Public Advocacy, Affairs, & Policy
  • Succession Planning
  • Collaboration and Collective Impact
  • And a range of other topics that emerge based on DANA member feedback.

MindEdge Learning

DANA Partners with MindEdge Learning to expand on-demand educational opportunities for its Members.

MindEdge is a leading provider of online and on-demand higher education and professional development courses.  Since its founding by Harvard and MIT educators in 1998, it has served more than 3 million learners.

Their courses are designed for adult learners, utilizing videos, interactive exercises, real-world examples, and/or case studies. Some are approved for CFRE and/or CEU credits. The MindEdge’s “Ask the Expert” feature provides learners with access to an expert in a related field who will usually answer questions within 24 hours.   

DANA is pleased to partner with MindEdge and offer DANA Members access to their classes at reduced fees. These classes will complement our local learning opportunities. 

There are a variety of topics including leadership, management, finance, human resource, marketing, social media, and project management.  Nonprofit professionals can complete these courses from any location on their own time and at their own pace. 

You can check out DANA’s course catalog here:

If you are interested in taking one of the MindEdge courses, you simply provide a discount code at the time of payment. The discount code is available in the members-only area of the DANA web-site.

For further information, contact Pamela Leland, PhD, Chief Learning Officer, or Daniel Davis, Manager, Member Engagement,

Excellence Academy Partners

DANA holds several partnerships to deliver its consulting and training services. Experienced independent consultants in a range of expertise including governance, sustainability, strategic planning, financial management, collective impact, fundraising, succession and executive coaching. DANA also partners with the Standards for Excellence Institute for best practice guidance and nonprofit accreditation.

As a member of DANA, your organization is devoted to strengthening your infrastructure and leadership to make transformational impacts in the communities you serve. Set your organization apart by going above the minimum legal requirements for a responsibly governed and well managed nonprofit.

Apply to earn the Seal of Excellence through a special agreement with the Standards for Excellence Institute. The accreditation program provides nonprofits in Delaware and across the country with the opportunity to demonstrate that they operate with the highest standards of accountability and ethics. It is an ideal way for nonprofits who do not have access to a trade accreditation to exhibit their high operational standards.

National nonprofit directories such as Guidestar will feature this accreditation on the nonprofit’s profile page. A recent study of nonprofits who applied and secured the Standards for Excellence Seal realized an increase in public funding support.

Standards for Excellence Accreditation

Full Accreditation

Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council
Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement
Rehoboth Beach Film Society

Level Two – Basic Enhanced

Joshua M. Freeman Foundation

Level One – Basic

Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (DSEU)

Partner Consultants

Jamee Boone

Melissa Carson

Stephanie Cory

Susan Detwiler

Debbie Divirgilio

Peggy Geisler

Carrie Gray

Dick Haviland

Pamela Leland

Justin Pollock

Tinesar Forrest Priester

Wil Sherk

Sonia Stamm

Heidi Sweetman

Rebecca Tam

Njideka Wiggins

Chanta Wilkinson

Do you have a coaching or advisory practice that nonprofits would value?

Learn more about how to become a qualified DANA consultant partner.

Centers of Excellence

Learn more about DANA’s Centers of Excellence