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Successful Nonprofits believes that nonprofits have the unique ability to solve intransigent problems and transform society.

To fulfill this promise and build a better world, not for profit organizations must find ways to break out of business as usual. The vast majority of nonprofit executives are treading water in a sea of emails and meaningless meetings. The staff leaders and board are so mired in the daily tactical, that surviving each year seems like success.

Continuing to exist is not a goal. Whether eradicating polio worldwide or ending hunger in your community, solving a problem is the hallmark of success. And this success requires strong planning, systems to measure results, ruthless prioritization, and preparing for the obstacles that all nonprofits face (tight cash flow, staff / board transitions, and more).

The most successful nonprofits will invest fearlessly in their ability to change, while carefully tracking the investment results. This includes paying competitive wages, investing in staff and volunteers, creating an infrastructure that enables staff leaders to spend more time focusing on the future, fundraising successfully and building a board that governs effectively.

Successful Nonprofits® was founded in 2014 with the belief that charities can be more effective at solving our greatest problems with the right external consulting. We provide strategic planning, board development, executive coaching and transition assistance to help nonprofits thrive in a competitive environment.

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Dolph Ward Goldenburg, the founder of Successful Nonprofits, has more than a decade of fundraising experience.  He has successfully solicited six-figure gifts, developed successful donated-assets programs, increased annual campaign revenue, and written millions of dollars in funded grant proposals. Dolph also has significant experience as a nonprofit board member, including as a successful board co-chair for a national nonprofit. Dolph has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Senate, received the Visionary of the Year Award by Visions Today Magazine, and identified as one of the 101 Most Connected Philadelphians by Leadership Philadelphia.  He holds a masters of public administration from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelors degree in social work from Georgia State University. Dolph earned the Board Source Certificate of Nonprofit Board Consulting. He lives in Atlanta with his husband.

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