Welcome to our new series, Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Consultant.
Elizabeth Woolfe is the Principal of Intuition Consulting. Elizabeth has been a nonprofit professional for over 25 years, creating and implementing innovative organizational, marketing and educational strategies, with significant experience working on a senior level with many organizations. Since forming her own consultancy practice in 2008, Elizabeth has specialized in working with smaller nonprofits on strategies to encourage growth, expansion and visibility. She is also interested in organizations undergoing executive or board transitions. She has been trained through the Interim Executive Leadership Program at the Support Center for Nonprofit Management to address these specific issues. Her client list includes Stupid Cancer, Pink Ribbon Girls, Triage Cancer and Harboring Hearts Housing.
This is a typical day for Elizabeth . . .
Before 8:00 a.m.
Awake at 7 am.
Check emails, texts, social media.
Reply to anything urgent.
Go over the day’s schedule and To Do list to prepare.
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Triage “To Do” lists for each client.
Reply to important emails.
Touch base with each CEO client via text or email to get a sense of what their days look like and to anticipate any potential “emergencies” that could pop up.
Scheduled call with client A and potential funder.
10:00 a.m. – Noon
Scheduled call with client B and staff about agenda for upcoming board meeting, which I am helping to facilitate.
Unscheduled call with client A to recap earlier call and assist with follow up.
Email break- reply to several.
Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch with husband who also works at home.
Check in on social media and news sites.
Call with potential client.
Emails with clients.
Call with client C and donor database software vendor.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Reading or other catching up with blogs, newsletters, etc. (lowest energy part of my day between 3 and 4 pm)
Try to touch base with other clients I haven’t already spoken with.
Advice/networking call with a job hunting friend.
Read LinkedIn updates.
After 4:00 p.m.
Create “To Do” list for the next day.
End the work day by 5 pm.
Yoga or other exercise from 5:30-6:30.
Dinner at 7:00.
Reply to any urgent emails/social media and shut down computer by 7:30 pm.
Last email check 9 pm (no replies)
No phones or computers in bedroom!
Reading for pleasure and/or TV til 11.
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