Coaching Opportunities 2023

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The Community Foundation has offered coaching sessions with local, regional and national nonprofit experts since 2011. The Foundation offers up to four coaching sessions per nonprofit serving Hancock County at no cost to the organizations each year.

Below are the coaches offering sessions for 2024. Organizations are welcome to bring any problem or obstacle to these coaches for discussion and recommendations.

The cancellation policy is at the bottom of this page. By signing up for a session, you agree to adhere to this policy.

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John Carreon

Advancement Experts

Specialties: vision-based strategic planning, advancement, leadership & major gifts, capital campaigns, organizational development, planned giving, board development, leadership coaching.

John is Partner & CEO of Advancement Experts. With almost 30 years of executive leadership experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, John has developed a career focused on nonprofit sustainability planning and organizational development. For the past 20 years, John has also served as a faculty member for the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. John’s teaching focuses on leadership and major gift development, organizational culture and planning, strategic planning, advancement audit and planning methodologies, ethics of fundraising, and leadership development.

Below are available coaching dates with John for 2024:

  • March 28
  • May 14
  • September 17
  • November 5

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Emily Croak

Aly Sterling Philanthropy

Specialties: stewardship, board engagement, planned giving, communications/awareness (including the case for support), prospecting/soliciting, strategic planning.

Emily is an experienced coach and facilitator with a passion for helping clients discern their strengths and weaknesses and connect their vision with clear and actionable strategies. Her work at ASP has been focused on leading large-scale fundraising campaigns and first-of-their-kind engagements for one of the nation’s largest healthcare providers. At the same time, she has helped a variety of nonprofits develop annual fund programs and major gift strategies that strengthen relationships with stakeholders and raise more money. Today her clients have the benefit of this perspective, and she relishes the opportunity to help them become better versions of themselves.

Below are available coaching dates with Emily for 2024:

  • February 6
  • August 6

Jenn Williams

Jennifer Williams

Williams Nonprofit Consulting

Specialties: advocacy, public funding, government relations, leadership coaching, strategy development, organizational infrastructure/best practices, government compliance.

Jennifer started her career working at the Ohio Statehouse before moving to Washington, D.C. to sharpen her advocacy skills working for a nonprofit association representing government finance officers on Capitol Hill. While working in D.C. Jennifer recognized the need for nonprofit organizations to engage in advocacy to both elevate their missions and educate elected officials on the important role of nonprofits in their communities. Jennifer returned to Columbus to launch Ohio’s first statewide nonprofit advocacy program. Jennifer also served as the executive director of a statewide nonprofit organization leading trainings for nonprofits on infrastructure and management, advocacy and board governance while also serving as a voice for Ohio’s diverse nonprofit sector at the Statehouse.

Below are available coaching dates with Jenn for 2024:

  • January 31
  • February 28
  • April 24
  • July 31
  • September 25
  • October 23
  • November 20

Coaching Session Cancellation Policy

TCF will remind agencies of booked coaching sessions five days prior to the session. This is in addition to the initial email confirming the appointments. TCF expects that not only staff but also board members will attend each of these sessions. If a change must be made, we request agencies do one of the following items:

  • Provide notice at least 72 hours before the appointment for TCF to make a change.
  • Switch appointments with another agency (we can provide a list of agencies that have appointments within the next few months).
  • Find someone else from the agency who can attend. Ideally, several people (including staff and board) should already be planning to attend each coaching session.
  • Arrange an alternate time with the consultant prior to the scheduled time (this is contingent on the consultant being able to arrange an alternate time)

If an agency must cancel and is unable to complete any of the above, a $250 charge will be assigned to the agency. This is to help cover approximately one-half of the cost of the appointment.

Rationale: Each two-hour coaching session costs TCF at least $500. When a session is scheduled and not attended, the cost to TCF does not change. In addition, staff time and resources are spent attempting to either fill the spot or make other arrangements with the consultant. Given the investment, it is reasonable to expect a commitment from the agencies who are assigned to the appointments. With multiple individuals (both staff and board) expected to attend the coaching sessions, being able to keep appointments is not dependent upon one individual within an agency. While emergency situations may happen, we are hopeful at least one of the four alternatives from the policy above will be able to be completed.

Background: Since 2011, The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation has been offering coaching sessions as part of the organizational strengthening curriculum each year. Given the demand for coaching sessions from the nonprofit organizations in our community, and as a courtesy to the consultants who provide these sessions, a cancellation policy is necessary to help balance demand and scheduling needs.