Krystine Sipple’s
Frequently Asked Questions

Here you’ll find the answers to some questions nonprofits typically have when considering hiring an outside consultant. Please contact Krystine with any additional questions.

Most nonprofits engage outside consultants when they are facing a significant crisis or challenge, or when they are considering making changes to the organization’s work or mission. For such times of pivotal change, an organization’s leadership often needs deeper knowledge and awareness of best practices. An outside consultant can provide a fresh perspective, inspire creative thinking, and challenge the “but we’ve always done it this way!” mindset. Nonprofit organizations often hire consultants to help with board orientation and development, strategic planning, fundraising, facility planning, marketing, and public relations.

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It is important that you know what you want a consultant to do before you hire one. Put your goals in writing, and go over them during your first meeting. With clear expectations and a shared objective, your consulting arrangement should work smoothly. Krystine will draw up a contract which includes the scope of the work, the specific tasks to be performed, a description of the final project, clearly defined timeline, roles and responsibilities, and an outline of payment schedule and fees. Throughout the process, you can expect Krystine to be candid, objective, inquisitive, and informed. You can count on her to tell you what you need to hear, rather than what you want to hear, but always in a respectful and professional manner.

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The short answer to this is always “it depends.” It depends on the needs of the organization, on the specific project focus, and on the time commitments of the organization’s staff/board team. When in crisis, we all seek an instant fix, but while such fixes may see some short-term success, they almost always end in long-term failure. Strategy development, in particular, usually takes a few months to a full year, depending on your organization's situations and needs. However, all projects will include a combination of immediate, short-term, and long-term solutions.

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Because Krystine seeks to assist young start-ups and adolescent organizations, her consulting fees are affordable by most nonprofits, and she will do her best to work within your organization’s budget. She believes that hiring her is an investment in your organization’s future which will produce breakthrough results for those you serve.

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While we would hope that any unforeseen issues could be resolved quickly, sometimes there is just a wrong fit between the consultant and the client. All contracts will include a Termination Clause, which will describe the basis on which the consultant or client can dissolve the relationship, as well as the payment terms for remaining debts or reimbursements.

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