In the Nonprofit Clinic, students provide professional-quality consulting services to 10-12 nonprofit organizations in the Pittsburgh area each year. Since 2012, we have served 70 nonprofit organizations and have received very positive and appreciative reviews from our nonprofit clients. Many have told us that the quality of the work completed by the students meets or exceeds professional standards. The services are provided free of charge by advanced graduate students in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs under the supervision of Professor Kevin Kearns. The Clinic is a capstone seminar but is administered through the Johnson Institute because of its logistical complexities.
The 2016 Nonprofit Clinic was our most successful year yet. we served ten nonprofit clients, including a national client (National Blood Clot Alliance), with consulting engagements on topics including rebranding, marketing, program evaluation, fundraising, feasibility studies, and many more. Client satisfaction with these services was higher than ever before. Every client organization testified to the quality and professionalism of the student consultants. Below is feedback typical of our clients this year.
The [Nonprofit Clinic] exceeded my expectations on every front. [The student’s] work was truly original and extensive in research, in hands on engagement and in thought process that was reflected not just in suggestions, but in actual deliverables designed to provoke response and reaction. I especially appreciate the practical applications and documents that are contained in the [final report]. [The recommendations are] already being incorporated into … the agency, and [have] moved us significantly forward – which to my mind is the ultimate compliment of a consultation. [The student consultant] certainly upheld my lofty opinion of GSPIA and the quality of its faculty and students.
With generous support from the Grable Foundation, the Nonprofit Clinic retained the services of two retired executives – Leon Haley and Don Goughler – to serve as “coaches” on a few of the projects. The students and the client greatly benefited from the counsel of these two experienced nonprofit leaders.
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