Should we apply?

Could your organization use more resources to help address business challenges?

Are the demands of day-to-day operations trumping longer-term initiatives?

Are budget restrictions limiting your ability to allocate resources for strategic efforts?

Do you need advice beyond your core competencies?

Could you use some outside perspective?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, consider the criteria and objectives below to see if your nonprofit is a good fit to apply for a PennPAC consulting project.

PennPAC seeks to work with clients who demonstrate the organizational capacity to support our consulting teams and to implement our recommendations to bring about lasting, meaningful impact. All applicants must meet the following criteria:

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, nonprofit clients should:

  • Have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  • Employ at least 3 paid, full-time staff
  • Maintain an operating budget of at least $350k
  • Be located in and have a mission that benefits the NYC, Philadelphia or the Bay Area
  • Not promote a specific religious or political belief

Note: Prior PennPAC clients are welcome to reapply at least 12 months after engagement completion.

To further assure success of our projects, we look for organizations with

  • Executive Director sponsorship and key staff member commitment (estimated at 8-10 hours per month for primary contact)
  • Organizational readiness – not facing a major disruption such as change in leadership, major infrastructure project, all-consuming gala, etc.
  • Proposed project represents a high priority, strategic challenge with implementation feasibility
  • Flexibility to meet with consulting team outside business hours (most volunteers are professionals volunteering in their spare time)
  • Commitment to provide post-project feedback and follow-up metrics at six and twelve month intervals after the project
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Please note that PennPAC requests an Engagement Fee of $1,000 ($750 for mini projects) at the conclusion of each engagement to help offset administrative expenses associated with initiating and overseeing projects. However, applicants are encouraged to apply regardless of ability to pay the fee.

PennPAC has helped 120 nonprofits and provided 30,000 service hours

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