Frequently Asked Questions
Before you consider entering into a professional relationship with MULTIPLY, please read the following frequently asked questions:
1. Why should I hire a consultant?
A consultant can offer a fresh and unbiased view of the inner workings of your organization and is therefore able to make honest and necessary recommendations to improve the efficiency of your organizationís actions and programs. With much professional experience and many accomplished campaigns under their belts, we have valued knowledge of what does and doesnít work.
2. Am I ready to hire a consultant?
Clients must be willing to embrace change in order to be ready to hire a consultant. Consultants make comments and suggestions on all areas of professional function, from staff tasks to Board efficiency. Some suggestions might be difficult to hear and to implement, but the client, from staff members to the Board, must be open-minded and committed to consider all possibilities in order to move fundraising forward in a productive and efficient manner. Please contact MULTIPLY to book a free one-hour evaluative consultation.
3. When is the best time to hire a consultant?
It depends on what your needs are. Do you have a budget? Are you really ready for change? Do you have the time to commit to working with a consultant? Do you have an understanding of the organizationís big picture goals? By answering these questions, you will understand which type of consultant (whether it be for governance, strategic planning, fundraising, communications or other) you will need. Still not sure? Give us a call and let us help you decide if you are ready.
4. What makes MULTIPLY different from other fundraising firms?
Through extensive market research in the greater Montreal region, a shortage of affordable consultancy firms with a heightened level of expertise in both English and French became evident. MULTIPLY was launched in order to respond to this shortage and caters to small to mid-sized nonprofits that are often dealing with specific issues such as fundraising, board management and strategic planning for the future. MULTIPLY believes in a personalized approach to training nonprofits how take control of the situation to ensure long-term sustainability and development.
5. What fundraising expertise do you specialize in?
Our expertise is vast and varied. We cover topics including:
6. What does good governance mean and how can MULTIPLY help?
Good governance equals leadership excellence: itís about making the right decisions for your organization and determining the most effective way to implement them. Usually, in a nonprofit context, governance is the duty of an organizationís board of directors. In order to achieve its mission with excellence it is necessary that a board be comprised of members who understand their roles and responsibilities. With MULTIPLY, you can realign your organizationís mission and vision, redefine the responsibilities of your board members and learn how to efficiently manage your team. We can help:
7. What is a strategic plan? Why does a nonprofit need one?
A strategic plan determines where an organization is going and, most importantly, how it will get there. It takes into account all aspects of an organization and creates concrete and realistic objectives based on its resources. It is also a management tool that helps an organization do a better job, as it draws a road map for the future. Nonprofits can particularly benefit from strategic plans as they help demonstrate to partners the seriousness of the organization, letting them know that their goals are set and the team is all looking in the same direction. Usually, a strategic plan is made up for a 3 to 5 year period. We can help:
8. How frequent are the consulting visits?
This depends on the schedule that is set up before the contract is signed. While some clients prefer an intensive weekly consultation, others, depending on their needs, may decide to meet for a half day every two weeks. Together, we help define a plan that will work for you.
9. How long will this take?
It depends on the service requested. While a board retreat may only take an afternoon, other services, such as providing a diagnostic overview, analyses and a detailed multi-year strategic plan, will take more time. MULTIPLY understands that working with consultants on-site can be time consuming and resource-intense, so therefore we aim to maximize our time together. This means that the more involvement you have, the more productive the work and the greater the outcome.
10. When will I see results?
You should not expect things to change dramatically over night. Results develop over time as nonprofits begin to implement strategies and recommendations. Ongoing communication with MULTIPLY will ensure that your organization feels that the action plan is achievable and on schedule.
11. How much will this cost?
MULTIPLY's services are reasonable in comparison to larger companies. Prices can be set hourly, or by project, depending on your needs. A block of hours for ongoing support may also be requested in order to respond to your needs as they arise throughout the year. MULTIPLY's rates can be discussed in person with an advisor. We do not accept commission-based fee structures as this is viewed as an unethical practice in the non-profit realm.
12. How do nonprofits pay for MULTIPLYís services?
Some nonprofits pay for MULTIPLYís services through applying for government grants, while others do it through donor investment or budget restructuring.
13. Are there any grants available to help us hire professional consultants?
Yes, in fact there are a few of organizations that will grant funds and/or provide counsel to deserving non-profits, among them:
In addition, MULTIPLY is committed to ensuring that responsible nonprofit organizations have access to professional nonprofit counsell. This is why MULTIPLY launched the free workshop series for nonprofits ďYou Asked for It!Ē in 2009 (check our program for 2009-2010). We welcome any local community interested in developping a partnership and host workshops to communicate with us.
14. What if we donít have (or canít free up) the human resources to benefit from MULTIPLY?
MULTIPLY empowers you with the tools to conduct your own projects so that you do not have to continuously hire an outside person to help you. We help you develop skills and build stronger structures so you can manage your programs and work with your team towards your future.
15. Canít MULTIPLY do the fundraising for us?
MULTIPLYís mission is to transfer methodology we thus do not fundraise for you. Moreover, when a fundraiser leaves, he takes all of his contacts and professional secrets with him. It is also difficult to maintain and build donor relations with your contacts in the interim. MULTIPLY teaches you how to fish so that you may continually feed yourselves and be in charge of your (financial!) health.
16. Will MULTIPLY work on a commission-basis?
While some fundraising consulting firms accept commission-based contracts, MULTIPLY follows the highest professional standards as outlined Imageine Canada (www.imaginecanada.ca). According to the “Code of Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability”, commission-based fundraising is considered unethical. MULTIPLY believes that it is important for organizations to make a wise investment in any worthy fundraising initiative. The investment is little considering the great return.
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