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Budgeting for professional counsel

How can I justify hiring a consultant when money is tight?

We prefer to think of hiring a consultant as an investment versus an expense; that is, the cost must be weighed against what your organization stands to gain. A worthwhile consultant offers valuable skills and expertise that might be under-developed or untested within your own personnel. Additionally consultants provide objective analysis, accountability for tasks and deadlines, staff and volunteer training and access to other professionals. These are crucial ingredients for a well-run and successful advancement project.

Organizations who are unfamiliar with the consulting process and operating on an already tight budget will likely think twice about hiring professional counsel, especially during times of economic uncertainty. But “worth their weight in gold” describes those consultants who not only offer practical advice and skills, but who also share your values, embrace your mission and become trusted friends throughout the process.