A Passion for What You Do – Nonprofit Edition

Last week I went to a conference where I saw phenomenal speakers. The list included Michelle Obama, Billie Jean King, Selina Tobaccowala, Brit Marling, Issa Rae, Mario Batali and Andy Cohen. The topics ranged from the experience of being the former FLOTUS (or former first spouse as she likes to be … [Read more...]

The Return on Investment for a Capital Campaign with Mersky, Jaffe & Associates

When prospective clients, fellow board members, or friends in the nonprofit world ask whether they should consider working with MJA, I often tell them we are very effective, but not inexpensive. I admit that the answer is a bit conceited, but we are a great team with hundreds of combined years of … [Read more...]

What Nonprofit Consultants Don’t Tell You

We like helping nonprofits fulfill their dreams and realize their vision during capital campaigns.  We have seen a lot over the years.  Here are six tips that can save you time and energy when you consider whether or not to engage nonprofit consultants. We cannot help you raise millions of … [Read more...]

Maintaining Momentum During a Campaign (Capital or Endowment)

I recently joined a nonprofit board, the Needham Education Foundation.  At the new board member welcome and orientation meeting, I was speaking with someone familiar with nonprofits and fundraising – he had served as an executive director for a small nonprofit.  His questions about my work were … [Read more...]

Do You Need a Capital Campaign Consultant to Achieve More? Here is a Quiz

If you are considering hiring a capital campaign consultant, take the following quiz: Your organization decides to raise money for a new building.  You understand development and help create a fundraising committee that agrees to meet once a week. You agree to co-chair the committee.  At the … [Read more...]

The Synergy Provided with MJA Executive Recruiting

If you have ever met David Mersky or Michael Jaffe, you know that the principals of the firm have many skills.  And as an associate of the firm, I like to think we associates bring our own areas of expertise to the table.  Those cumulative skills include an understanding that the executive … [Read more...]

Welcome to the new Mersky, Jaffe & Associates site

We have changed more than just the look! Yes, you can still learn about the firm, our thinking and processes and see open executive search postings. In addition: We have converted all of the articles in our archive to blog posts. That means YOU can leave comments and questions on the … [Read more...]

Why This Article Will Not Improve Your Nonprofit

Do you know that feeling you get when you read something that is so true for you, that you find yourself nodding your head up and down in agreement? I just had that feeling recently, although I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that it had to do with my life as a consultant. Mark Satterfield, of Gentle … [Read more...]

Why You Can’t Afford Not To Hire Me

The other day, as David Mersky and I were walking out of a new business meeting, he asked me how I thought it went. I said the organization desperately needs us, but I can't see how someone with less than a $1,000,000 annual budget will justify consultant fees to their board. We know we can increase … [Read more...]

Hiring A Development Consultant Sooner Rather Than Later

If you have been following the past few years of Resources: The MJA Newsletter, you will know that campaigns start long before the first ask.  But, before you go at it alone consider the following thoughts. Nonprofit development consultants can be hired at a variety of stages in a … [Read more...]