How We Work

The ESC Approach to Consulting for Nonprofits


ESC takes a collaborative approach to consulting for nonprofits that gives you a stake in the strategies and actions that come from our engagement.

Although every project is unique, we focus on:


Before initiating work, ESC takes special care to create a consulting team that fits your culture and offers the right combination of capabilities. We choose from a pool of 150 highly motivated consultants with senior-level experience in diverse careers.  Your ESC team guides project planning, management and execution. To ensure lasting outcomes and accountability, they work closely as a project team guided by a lead consultant with members of your nonprofit staff and board.

Consistent communication and progress

Your project team meets regularly for the duration of the engagement, the length of which depends on service and project scope. Your ESC consultant team recommends an action plan and works with you to establish achievable timelines and goals.


As active members of ESC, our consultants are committed to delivering the highest standards of service, and have been for more than 30 years. We provide all the resources and expertise your project requires, and can bring in additional talent at no extra cost to meet the changing needs of the engagement.

Budget Predictability

Thanks to our program funders, ESC is able to provide exceptional consulting services at an affordable fixed rate. ESC’s fees are based on a sliding scale and take into account project scope, duration and other variable factors.

Measurable Outcomes

The ESC mission is to make a transformative impact on society by helping nonprofits achieve sustainable outcomes. That’s why every project engagement ends with a thoughtful evaluation of project results.