How much do nonprofit consultants charge?
Fundraising consultant fees will vary depending on the scope and complexity of your nonprofit’s project. It’s hard to pinpoint exact numbers because the range is so wide, but most charge between $100-$250 an hour and up to $1,000-$2,500 per day.
The more intensive your project is, the more expensive it will be. For example, hiring a nonprofit consultant for a one-day board retreat will cost much less than hiring one to plan and guide your team through a capital campaign.
Your fundraising consultant fees will also depend on the needs and experience level of your organization. The more complex your nonprofit’s needs are, the more expensive your fundraising consultant will be. On the other hand, if your nonprofit has relatively straightforward needs, you’ll likely spend less on services.
Even if you hire a consultant for a specific task (such as a feasibility study), it’s important to anticipate your expenses by thinking realistically about all the areas where your nonprofit may require support. This is where having a good partner makes all the difference.
After all, what’s most important is that you find a nonprofit consultant who’s the right fit for your organization: someone who can work well with your team, understand your nonprofit’s unique needs and offer sustainable solutions to your problems.
It’s always a good idea to investigate and talk to a handful of potential consultant partners to get an idea of how they propose addressing your needs as well as what they would charge for the work. You may find that, even if a consultant charges more, you may be more comfortable with their approach and understanding of your mission than any other prospective partner.
In Summary: Nonprofit consulting fees will vary depending on the scope of the project you’d like to pursue. The best way to anticipate costs is to think realistically about the support you need and have a conversation with potential consultants.