Tuesday AM April 28th, 2009

Charities and non-profit organizations are struggling with the economy, as well. The Executive Service Corps of Houston is celebrating 25 years of pairing executives with non-profits needing expert guidance. Ed Mayberry reports.


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The Executive Service Corps of Houston has helped almost a thousand Houston charities improve capacity, efficiency and sustainability with free consulting, leadership coaching and management seminars.  Jane Harding is the group’s executive director. 

“We take executives from the for-profit world — senior level managers and executives — and they turn around the volunteer their time to help non-profits build capacity, help them doing pro-bono management consultation.  A number of them have to have been senior level managers for 30 or more years.  Others have expertise in a particular area, such as financial management or in marketing or in IT.”

It’s a tough time for charities because many corporate sponsors are struggling.

“There’s been a lot of information about action steps that non-profits can take.  Some of it’s very generic, such as focus on your mission.  Some of the other pieces of advice are very specific.  David Jones from Dini Partners is going to be our guest luncheon speaker, and he’s going to talk about the economic impact on the local non-profits here in Houston, and some of the action steps that they can take.”

Executive Service Corps of Houston hosts its annual consultant appreciation luncheon today at the Federal Reserve Bank on Allen Parkway. 

Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.

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