Top Nonprofit Coaches

What is a nonprofit coach?

Nonprofit coaches accelerate leadership development, helping nonprofit founders and leaders achieve success faster, manage their nonprofit staff more efficiently, often with greater peace of mind.

How do you find a great nonprofit coach for your leadership development?

Having a nonprofit coach is like having a personal trainer. But rather than training for your body, this is personal training for your work and life.

Therefore, the first step in finding the right nonprofit coach or leadership development coach is to figure out what you most need help with. Do you want help with your leadership ability? Or do you want fundraising coaching? Or perhaps you could use help communicating your nonprofit’s vission?

When you have a sense of what you’d like coaching for, you’re ready to seek out coaches. The best nonprofit coaches only accept the types of clients they’re particularly equipped to help. So no matter how urgent your need, be sure to take the time to find the right fit. 

Once you find the fit, you’re ready to start coaching! Just like any form of growth, caching requires work on your part. You’ll be amazed at how fast you’ll be able to achieve results!

A list of Top Nonprofit Coaches

If you don’t know where to look to find a nonprofit coach, here is a list of some of the top coaches in the world. Some are certified by Concord Leadership Group. Some of them help with overall leadership development and performance; others help with special aspects like fundraising or grant seeking or working with your nonprofit board.

They aren’t listed in any particular order. But we offer them up as a great place to find your own nonprofit coach.

Concord Leadership Group

Marc A. Pitman, nonprofit executive leadership coach

Best for: Leadership development of C-suite and emerging leaders, small business owners, and nonprofit CEOs

About: Marc A. Pitman’s leadership development sweet spot is helping founders who love growing a business but now find they’re more stressed by providing business management. Through one-on-one executive coaching CEO advising, and group trainings, his Quadrant 3 Leadership framework gives leaders a map for leadership development and tools to use for their own growth and with their teams for years to come. His approach is so effective, the International Coaching Federation (ICF) has accredited a leadership coach certification based on his system.

Certified Quadrant 3 Leadership Coaches

Emily J. Pitman

Emily J. Pitman, leadership and creativity coach

Best for: Leaders who can’t get away from a “What If” or a “What Now”; from artists to entrepreneurs and those standing on the edge of a Big Decision

About: Emily coaches people as they grow to walk in authentic, creative leadership of their whole lives.

People often come to coaching because of a sticky situation – a transition, an idea that won’t go away, or something in life or work that no longer feels like it fits or works. Emily’s training and passion aren’t to just look at the sticky spot, but to let the whole picture of your life inform and be informed by the coaching work.

Emily believes we are all creative and we are all leaders. Your creativity may include watercolors or spreadsheets. Your leadership may find you at the head of a boardroom table or a kitchen table. Emily believes that hope and love both root and pollinate creatives, leaders, and creative leaders.

Christal Cherry

Christal M. Cherry - Q3LC Certified Coach
Best for: Nonprofit leaders who want effective boards
About: Christal M. Cherry, The Board Pro, worked 23 years as a nonprofit fundraiser serving higher education institutions, seminaries, and human service organizations. Now as a board consultant for nonprofits, she equips and empowers boards to support their missions and change the world. Her services as Principal and CEO of the Board Pro, include recruitment, governance, fundraising, conflict resolution and diversity, equity, inclusion, access and belonging.

Christal earned a MA in Counseling from Hampton University, a BA in Liberal Arts from Hofstra University and professional development certifications in nonprofit leadership, social media fundraising, and nonprofit management. She recently earned certification as a Quadrant 3 Leadership Coach and Nonprofit Board Consultant from Boardsource.

Christal lives in Atlanta with her son Mac and dog Charlie but serves nonprofits across the country and Canada.

Thu Hue Nguyen

Thu Hue Nguyen, certified Quadrant 3 Leadership Coach

Best for: Leadership development of C-suite and emerging leaders, small business owners, and nonprofit CEOs

About: Nguyen Thu Hue is an accredited member of the partnership brokers association (PBA), promoting professionalism integrity in brokering multi stakeholder partnerships for sustainable development. With more than 20 years of experience as a founder, executive director, board member and lifelong learner, she uses the PBA approach in her own leadership journey and in building confidence and skills in others.

Ms. Hue helps other leaders at their tipping points of career development, transitioning across sectors, especially those from small business or nonprofit organizations to thrive, recognizing challenges of power dynamics and imbalances they normally face in their work. Ms. Hue was awarded global fellowship at the Obama Foundation, the Acumen Academy, recognized as a mentor from the women in business development program at the Cherie Blair Foundation and successfully completed Quadrant 3 Leadership Coach certification program accredited by the International Coaching Federation.

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Dr. Shawn Edwards

Dr. Shawn Edwards - Q3LC Certified Coach

Best for: Leadership development of C-suite and emerging leaders, small business owners, and nonprofit CEOs

About: Dr. Shawn’s leadership development coaching expertise lies in helping leaders with ideation, creative implementation, and leading people while developing strategy for high impact.

Shawn’s background in organization development, talent management, nonprofit board leadership, and strategic engagement in various sectors brings multifaceted expertise to her coaching sessions.

Chany Ockert

Chany Ockert, headshot

Best for: Leadership development for nonprofit CEOs and fund development professionals

About: Chany Ockert is a fund development coach and trainer. She hosts the weekly 5-minute podcast, “Reflections on Generosity.” Chany coaches leaders on their journey of bringing their vision to reality.

She specializes in assisting CEOs and fund development professionals to adapt the fundraising best practices to their unique context. She has obtained a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation, along with a Certificate of Nonprofit Board Consulting from BoardSource, and is certified as a Quadrant 3 Leadership Coach. She serves as a CASA volunteer.

Kathy Drucquer Duff

Kathy Drucquer Duff - Q3LC Certified Coach
Best for: Helping leaders in higher education, university athletics, healthcare and nonprofit organizations find comfort in philanthropic conversations. Supports fundraising acumen and approach.
About: Kathy Drucquer Duff is an expert in advancement and leadership development with clients around the world. She’s worked in and with institutions across the nonprofit spectrum, including higher education, the environment, healthcare, and social services. Her work spans training, coaching, mentorship, strategy, interim leadership roles and an extensive webinar training platform.

As a coach and consultant, Kathy quickly assesses a client’s landscape, identifies needs, engages with staff at a variety of levels and functions, and provides tools to build the individual and the culture. Additionally, Kathy is a certified Quadrant 3 Leadership Coach.

Kathy founded KDD Philanthropy after a career that included serving as Associate Vice Chancellor of University Development at University of California, San Diego, Vice President of Philanthropy at Sharp HealthCare Foundation, and Associate Vice President of University Relations and Development at San Diego State University.

Taylor Shanklin

Taylor Shanklin - Q3LC Certified Coach

Best for: forward-thinking leaders in small businesses and nonprofits seeking innovative business planning and coaching, branding innovative branding, and impactful graphic design

About: Taylor Shanklin is a TEDx speaker, host of the Talking Shizzle podcast, and marketing innovator in the small business and social impact space. Taylor is the Founder and CEO of branding and growth strategy firm Barlele. At Barlele she and her team help growing businesses and nonprofits cut through the noise with focused strategy, clear messaging and consistent marketing.

Taylor also founded Barlele’s sister company, Creative Shizzle, in 2022. Creative Shizzle is a subscription-based graphic design service that is bringing great design to more nonprofits and small businesses and nonprofit organizations. In her marketing career, she has helped hundreds of organizations tell their story in digital channels.

Hoàng Phương THẢO

Hoang Phuong Thao, certified Quadrant 3 Leadership Coach and Country Director for ActionAid Vietnam

Best for: Leadership development of C-suite and emerging leaders, small business owners, and nonprofit CEOs

About: Hoang Phuong Thao (Ms.) – Country Director, ActionAid Vietnam
ActionAid is a global movement working to end poverty and injustice. It has been working in Vietnam for more than 30 years to advance women’s rights, climate justice, and an end to poverty.

Thao has been leading ActionAid Vietnam to serve 4.6 million people in country building a better life. Under her leadership, ActionAid Vietnam is recognized by communities, local authorities, and partners for its contribution to advance the people’s rights to quality education, gender responsive health care and climate resilient livelihoods. Thao and her team managed to maintain a diversified and stabilized funding base for ActionAid innovative and impactful programmes in the country. Thao is an expert on tax and financing for climate change, with a focus on ASEAN and EU. As a student of Concord Leadership Cohort 2023, Thao believes that adaptivity and integrity will make all leaders successful and happy.

She is happy to provide coaching/mentoring support to CEOs and middle management leaders, who are ready to find out more about their own strengths and opportunities, and take actions to move forward, happily.

Kishshana Palmer

Kishshana Palmer, Certified Quadrant 3 Leadership Coach
Best for: Nnonprofit professionals, senior leaders, middle managers, and young professionals to help them develop their leadership and create high-performing teams
About: Kishshana Palmer helps everyday leaders to live well and lead well. With a 20+ year background in fundraising, marketing, and talent management she also brings foundational business skills that include cultivating an internal talent pipeline, managing leadership, employee attrition, and meeting diversity goals.

When an organization wants to grow, find and retain people on their team, raise money, and more, she is the fairy godmother they have on speed dial.

Glen Quiring

Glen Quiring - Q3LC Certified Coach

Best for: Leadership development of C-suite and emerging leaders, small business owners, and nonprofit CEOs

About: Glen Edward is the Director of Development for the Pacific Conservatory Theater in Santa Maria. He is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) who works as a Non-Profit Executive working to improve philanthropic outcomes and organizational effectiveness.

Stoked by his education and love of learning, Glen’s commitment and versatility have turned struggling organizations into agencies informed by best practices and innovation. Chief among Glen’s passions is coaching and empowering young professionals to fan their own values nurturing their skills into energetic flames.

Glen is a Certified Fundraising Executive and a Certified Fundraising Manager (Lilly School of Philanthropy).

Additionally, Glen is a Quadrant 3 Leadership coach, has received a Blackbaud RENXT Pro Certification, and enjoys volunteering and serving on Nonprofit boards for community organizations.

Glen enjoys spending time with his wife Jennifer and their three children. He enjoys movies, writing, landscaping, cycling, and training their family dog, Baby.

Other Top Nonprofit Coaches

Find the Red Thread

Best for: leaders looking to turn their big idea into big change

About: Tamsen Webster is a master at strategic communications. She knows that “The best messages aren’t found They’re built.” She works with business leaders and entrepreneurs to take their “Big Idea,” the one that can change businesses, lives…or even the world, and build it piece by piece until it becomes the most effective in helping build that idea in the minds and hearts of the people they serve.

Pamela Slim

Best for: thought leaders who are scaling their business, particularly wanting to build training, licensing, and certification into their revenue model

About: Pamela Slim started as a consultant to large companies in tech working on the human side of business (executive coaching, change management, training and development). Since then, she’s spent more than 14 years coaching entrepreneurs, helping to launch and scale hundreds of businesses. She’s the author of both Escape from Cubicle Nation and Body of Work.

Limitless Possibility

Best for: Entrepreneurs, executives, anyone who feels like they are not honoring their fullest potential

About: Laura Gassner Otting helps people get unstuck. Her superpower is that she can see people’s greatness in a way that they haven’t been able to see before, and reflect it back on them in ways that allow them to finally see it, or finally believe it and act upon it. She’s the author of Mission Driven: Moving from Profit to Purpose (2017) and the Washington Post bestseller Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life (2019).

The New Quo

Best for: high-growth organizations and leaders who need communication coaching to translate metrics/change into meaningful communications that shifts mindsets, distills purpose, and creates connected inclusive culture

About: Christina Blacken helps leaders discover, tell, and leverage their growth stories for driving change and improving engagement. She’s spent the past 10 years using story for behavior change across a variety of industries – from motivating 300,000 young people to volunteer on various social causes in the non-profit world through cause marketing campaigns she led and wrote, to closing $6.5M in profits with teams she’s worked with throughout various industries, all through story. She’s also a performer and love combining the high-energy entertainment style of my singing background with actionable tips that leave the people she works with and teach inspired, motivated, and ready to take action. You can peep her work in Elle.com, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Marie Claire, The Huffington Post, Mogul.com, Attn.com, and Thrive.com among other outlets.

Jennifer Iannolo

Best for: women founders from around the world

About: Jennifer Iannolo is a growth coach and strategist for female founders and executives around the world. Her clients range from the United Nations to Silicon Valley startups, as well as Hollywood stars and media companies.

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