Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who are Cahners and Donahue?
A: We are two non-profit management consultants with over 30 years of practical for-profit and non-profit leadership experience. In addition, we have a network of professional services on which we draw to complement our skills. Please click here to read our brief biographies: Who We Are.

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What services do you offer?
A: We offer a range of services such as facilitating board retreats, guiding strategic planning initiatives, training volunteer fundraisers, coaching and counseling board leadership, etc. Please click here for more information: Services

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What role do you typically play in a project?
A We serve as facilitator, coach, and advisor. We offer clients practical suggestions and alternatives based on our assessment of your individual situation, our personal experience with other organizations, as well as current best practices and industry standards. We will work alongside you, helping to guide your decision-making and implementation; a process we believe merits your participation in order to insure success.

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What organizations have you worked with? May I call them for a reference?
A We have worked with large and small non-profits in a wide variety of sectors. Please click here to see our client list: Clients. We would be happy to give you their contact information. Please Contact Us.

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How do you charge for your services? Will my organization be able to afford a consultant?
A We work on an hourly rate or on a project fee basis, depending on your needs and the type of project. We are sensitive to your budget constraints so we tailor our services to meet your needs. You will find that our rates are very competitive and frequently less than many consulting companies because we work independently. We are happy to meet with you, discuss your particular needs, and give you an estimate with no cost or obligation.

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Why should I bring in an outsider to help my organization?
A Even organizations with large staffs hire outside consultants and there are many good reasons to do so. Consultants can offer you skills you may not have internally as well as an objective viewpoint. For more on this subject, click here: Why Hire a Consultant?

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What makes Cahners & Donahue different from other consultants?
A Good question! Please click here for an answer: Why Hire C&D?


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The board of The Library Foundation of Needham profited greatly from its work with Cahners & Donahue. Although clear about our mission to provide additional financial support for library programs and services beyond the town-funded budget, we needed to reorganize and revitalize the LFN after our first years of success.
Amy Cahners and Susan Donahue listened to us, crafted their consultancy to our needs, and did not try to cram our program into a pre-existing solution. They helped us envision the next part of our campaign and helped make us a more efficient organization.
Rose Doherty
Board Chair
Library Foundation of Needham