Diversified Nonprofit Services

Diversified Nonprofit Services Diversified Nonprofit Services serves nonprofit organizations in the areas of nonprofit management, resource development, feasibility studies, capital / endowment campaigns, strategic planning, and organisational restructuring.
Diversified Nonprofit Services was founded in 1985 by David F. Condon in order to serve nonprofit organizations in the areas of nonprofit management, resource development, feasibility studies, capital / endowment campaigns, strategic planning, and organizational restructuring. Having conducted his first Boys & Girls Club campaign in the fall of 1985 as a pro bono contribution to a friend, Mr. Condon realized that there was an incredible need for the services his company offered for nonprofit organizations across the entire United States. From that humble beginning, DNS made a conscious decision to concentrate its focus on working with Boys & Girls Clubs across America. Since 1985, Diversified Nonprofit Services has served organizations in 47 States and 2 US Territories. Diversified Nonprofit Services achieves results. • Almost $1 Billion Dollars has been raised through capital/endowment campaigns. • Dozens of organizations have made strategically-important decisions based on DNS' studies and assessments. • DNS has trained thousands of nonprofit staff, board members and other volunteers. Diversified Nonprofit Services is a trusted advisor that helps nonprofit organizations raise money, evaluate opportunities, develop strategies, train and motivate staff and volunteers, communicate effectively, and use technology to improve efficiency. Diversified Nonprofit Services helps nonprofits to apply best practices from the business sector and to take advantage of emerging trends in philanthropy, governance and organizational effectiveness. Diversified Nonprofit Services uses innovative technologies to enhance communications and collaboration with clients. Each member of the DNS team was handpicked and recruited to become part of Diversified Nonprofit Services. DNS has five full time staff members and does not use subcontractors; with each member of the team being salaried employees. David Condon, CEO has developed a unique management style which involves each and every member of the team in the process of creating the direction for the company. This focus has led to incredible success and to the publishing of a book written by Mr. Condon and Mr. Kevin Bingham entitled The Perfect Nonprofit. The focus of this book mirrors the philosophy of the writers and the company. That philosophy focuses on creating a holistic balanced approach to leadership, governance, marketing, and development of resources that ultimately lead to impactful services to their clients. DNS is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. A cornerstone of DNS’ approach to working with the organizations it serves is that each and every project has an account executive assigned to execute the day to day goals and objectives of project and also is assigned a supervisor who is a principle of the company. Each client has the right to meet and approve the DNS consultant who will be assigned to their project. The selection of the account executive is linked to the availability of the staff at the time the project commences, geographic location, as well as identifying staff that have experience with similar projects for other organizations.
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Diversified Nonprofit Services is a full service resource development and nonprofit management consulting company with 30 years of experience in serving the nonprofit community.

Mission: We work relentlessly as partners with nonprofits to build organizational capacity in support of their mission,with the strength, expertise and integrity of our Professional staff and proven processes

04/24/2020

This is a poem I wrote more than 25 years ago about children at the Boys & Girls Clubs. It is even more true today, our kids are still praying for your help during this time of crisis! Please help you local Boys & Girls Club, Thank you!

A Child’s Story
(By David Condon)

At birth each child is given life
Some filled with joy, some filled with strife
And so it was upon my birth
Before me laid my life on earth

The first two years I grew and flourished
My family worked to keep me nourished
At three the day care became my world
My mom sang songs, my dad unheard

At five the school was now my place
But at days end there was no embrace
My empty house seemed incomplete
My mom worked two jobs to make ends meet

When I was seven my cuteness fading
My nights were spent with endless waiting
Waiting for my mom to come
Waiting for the morning sun

My, so called friends, beckoned me
To join their gang, run wild and free
Their road to freedom was paved with drugs
These so called friends were only thugs

Then one day I saw a face
In an ad for a positive place
A place where people really cared
Where I could share no longer scared

I learned that there were people who
Devoted lives to helping you
People willing to take a stand
Always there to lend a hand

Finally I felt that I was home
A Club of my own, no more to roam
The Boys & Girls Club is my place
Reborn again, back in the race

I know the road ahead is steep
That I have miles before I sleep
But I know that I can make the grade
With the chance for which I prayed

04/17/2020

Local Boys & Girls Club Continue to Serve and Need Your Help

The current Covid-19 Crisis has hit everyone equally hard. From mandatory stay at home orders, businesses shut down, people unemployed and families who don’t know where their next meal will come from. All aspects of American life have changed as we knew it, except one. Boys & Girls Clubs in every community where they are located are continuing to provide services and focus on the mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of their members. However, like every example stated above their income and support have continued to dwindle and now, more than ever, they need each one of to dig deep to help them.

My wife Connie and I have been blessed by our association with Boys & Girls Clubs across America. As a Club Kid myself my affiliation goes back 62 years when I belonged to the Shelton-Derby Boys & Girls Club. Connie was the executive director of the Boys & Girls Club in Columbus, Indiana. We would never had met or been married for the past 25 years if it had not been for the Boys & Girls Club. We are not alone as 10’s of million of children and their families have been impacted by Boys & Girls Clubs during their lifetime.

Founded in 1860 the Clubs have survived the Civil War, World War I, the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 2018, the Stock Market Crash of 1929, the Great Depression, World War II, the Polio epidemic, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, 9/11, the Stock Market Crash of 2018 and the recession that followed and the one thing that has always been true is the Boys & Girls Clubs are always there for the children of their communities and their families. One hundred and sixty years of service and now they need our help once again to continue to make a difference.

Clubs across America are ensuring that their members and their families have nutritious meals and serve them daily through pick up grab and go programs and meal deliveries. Clubs are providing virtual program services and physical training programs virtually to ensure that they keep their members minds and bodies sharp and healthy. Some Clubs are providing childcare to the children of first responders and medical personnel so they can go to work to risk their lives for us, but not have to worry about their own children. Clubs are making calls to seniors to check on them and ensure they have enough groceries to survive. Everyday in everyway the Clubs are still making a difference in their communities with their first thought being the mental and physical wellbeing of their members and their families.

I know at this time when everyone is stressed financially you may be saying what can I do to help. Well I am providing the following list where you might be able do identify one or two things you can do to support your local Boys & Girls Club.
Things you can do:
• You can’t get out to go to Starbuck’s or Dunkin Donuts or your favorite coffee shop – Take the money that you would have spent on coffee and send it to your local Boys & Girls Club.
• Your Friday night cocktail gathering with family and friends is on hold until the bars reopen – Take the money that you have spent on Friday night cocktails and send it to your local Boys & Girls Club.
• You are not driving as much so you are not buying gasoline, this is proven by the way gas is coming down – Take what it would have cost you for a tankful of gasoline and send it to your local Boys & Girls Club.
• Those of you that enjoyed going to a movie or a play and can no longer do that – Take what you would have spent on the cost of the ticket and the popcorn and soda you would have bought and send it to your local Boys & Girls Club.
• People who planned on one night out per week to go to a fancy restaurant and spend money on a special meal, order that meal to go - Take the difference in what it would have cost you and the tip and send it to your local Boys & Girls Club.
• When you order groceries to be delivered place a second order of nonperishables and send it to the Boys & Girls Club so they can distribute it to those who do not have the means to purchase groceries.
• Those of you who still smoke take the cost of one pack of cigarettes a week and send it your local Boys & Girls Club it will not only help them, but it might even make you think about quitting. It will certainly make you feel better.
• Those of you who have been saving for a vacation that might not happen for a while take 10% of what you saved and send it to your local Boys & Girls Club

While financial support is crucial and greatly appreciated, others might consider alternate methods of support that are equally critical to the Club and its members and staff. Some of these could include:

Donations:
Item that could be auctioned in an online auction
Hand Sanitizer/Dispensers
Liquid Soap
Bleach
Masks for staff and members
Gloves
Point/Shoot Thermometer

Activity for Virtual Club and Internal Support:
Story Reading
Teaching Crafts
Intro to a Hobby
Art Projects
Like and Share Club page
Stuffing/Labelling Mailings

A Time for Sharing!As Connie and I have been sitting talking during this enforced time of social distancing we began to ...
03/27/2020
Capital Campaigns, Feasibiity Studies, Strategic Planning

A Time for Sharing!

As Connie and I have been sitting talking during this enforced time of social distancing we began to realize that just because we can’t go out and about doesn’t mean there aren’t some meaningful things we can accomplish while at home. To that end we decided to reach out to the nonprofit organizations we are currently working with, have worked with, and have never worked with to volunteer to assist them in anyway we can with the knowledge we have accumulated over our 35 years working as nonprofit consultants and more than 75 cumulative years we have worked in the nonprofit sector.

A very famous speaker, Dr. Leo Buscaglia, once told me you can give away everything you know, and you have not lost a thing because you still know it. Knowledge is to be treasured but not hoarded and the way to make it work is to share it with others.

To that end Connie and I and the DNS staff are offering any help or guidance we can provide you with on a volunteer basis. If you have a question, would like to know things you can be doing right now while waiting for this crisis to pass, or would just like someone to share your ideas with just reach out to us and we will help where we can. You can email Connie or I at ([email protected]) or ([email protected]). You can instant message us on Facebook either through our personal accounts or through the DNS account. Finally you can go to www.dnsassociates.com and fill out our free consultation page and we will respond to your inquiry within 24 hours.

This is a time for safety but the time that we are isolated does not prohibit us from sharing and doing something positive. As I said in my note last week that many of you read: “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness”. Please look upon our offer as our way of lighting one little candle and if we all do this the world will be a much brighter place.

Dave and Connie Condon

Expert Consulting on Capital Campaigns and Feasibility Studies for 30 years!

03/19/2020

Thoughts on Boys & Girls Clubs and the Current Health Crisis

As I sat and watched TV this morning and all the stories on the Pandemic Crisis we are now facing. I thought to myself that we still have choices. We can sit and watch the tube and feel sorry for ourselves that we must face this terrible virus, or we can evaluate what is good and special in our lives and focus on these things.

The purpose of this note is that I have chosen the later. It has been my distinct honor and privilege to be associated with the Boys & Girls Club movement for the past 62 years. My first experience was as a Club member in Shelton, CT and after a time away working in education and mental health for children I have spent the last 35 years of my professional career working as a consultant with Clubs, both big and small, all over the United States and its territories. During my time with Clubs this what I have learned.

Boys & Girls Clubs are always there for our children and their families each and every day. It doesn’t matter that the Club may not be open due to the current emergency the thoughts and prayers of the people who work at the Club are focused on THEIR kids. Since its founding in 1860 by four women in Hartford, CT the Clubs and withstood the test of time: Wars, natural disasters, depressions, recessions, the attacks of 9-11, the Stock market crash of 2008 and now the Coronavirus pandemic the Boys & Girls Clubs have stood tall and answered the call. It should also be pointed out that after each one of these terrible times in our country the need for more Clubs have grown and parents have turned to the Clubs to provide the services they need for their children so they can try and get their lives back on track.

Today our Clubs, along with the nation, are facing a fearful time full of uncertainty and fear. However, each in their own way is still serving their communities, in Hartford where the movement was founded, Sam Gray and his team have partnered with the Hartford Public School System and are working at the Club sites which are now serving as the pick-up locations for the grab and go meals that the Hartford School System is providing for those kids who would not eat if this were not the case. I have read stories of other Clubs doing similar things, providing online support so the kids can still have some fun while they are being home schooled. Each day I read of Clubs that are still answering the call to action to continue serving those who need us most.

I have had contact with Clubs who are worried about continuing financial support during this time of fear and concern, especially with the stock market dropping. Well I will tell you what I have learned during my 35 years working with Clubs. Those who believe in the Clubs will continue to support you, maybe not at the high levels you have known, but even these will return when the crisis ends. I have run campaigns during the stock market crash of 2008 and following the 9-11 attack and the one thing that I learned was that the only Clubs that failed to raise money were those who did not stay the course, continued to support their communities in any way they could and went into a shell and did not ask for help and support when needed. There are some very simple things you can do as this crisis unfolds to ensure that people will not forget the vital role you play in the community:

• Partner with other community agencies to provide whatever is needed to continue to help your kids
• Instead of sending a request for support send a simple note letting your donors know you are thinking of them in this time of crisis and letting them know what you are continuing to do to help kids.
• Update your newsletter and fill it with stories that lift up what you are doing and have done to continue to help the children.
• Work with your local schools to help provide online activities that the kids can do when they are done with their homeschooling, sort of a virtual Boys & Girls Club if you will.
• Support your staff and let them know how important they are to you, the community and the children they serve.
• Call the families you serve and check on how they are doing.
• Prepare for more kids than you have ever seen before when this crisis ends and once again parents turn to you to fill the void for the childcare, they need to put their lives back together.
• Take this time to plan on what you will need to do to gear up your fundraising efforts once this time of crisis passes

I will end this note simply by saying once again it has been my honor and privilege to have been a member of the Boys & Girls Club, serve on the Board of Directors of the Club I grew up in and to work hand in hand with Clubs to help them attain their goals. We have much to be thankful for. It Is Better to Light One Candle Than Curse the Darkness, working together we can and will continue to make a difference in the lives of the millions of kids we serve and who now more than ever need us most.

Dave and Connie Condon
Diversified Nonprofit Services

Start Planning to SucceedAs the crisp fall air starts to settle in and our thoughts are not of summer but the coming hol...
10/03/2019
Capital Campaigns, Feasibiity Studies, Strategic Planning

Start Planning to Succeed
As the crisp fall air starts to settle in and our thoughts are not of summer but the coming holidays many nonprofits start to look toward the coming calendar year to think about the direction they are heading. It is a time they need to evaluate their current Strategic Plan, if they have one, to determine if they are fulfilling the goals and objective that were set. It is also a time to evaluate the current state of an organizations resource development programs to ensure that the funds need to operate are being secured and donors are being cultivated and stewarded.
Diversified Nonprofit Services has programs and services to not only help nonprofit organizations evaluate where they are currently but also to develop new strategic pathways that will address not only long-term goals and objectives but immediate needs. DNS as pioneered a planning process that identifies and addresses key strategic issues that need to be resolved in 12 to 18 months while still creating a long-term vision for the organization. By providing support for the organization for a 12-month period the Strategic Planning session DNS helps ensure that objectives are met, and goals are achieved.
The internal resource development audit that DNS employs not only evaluates your organization’s current resource development program but also helps create an effective annual resource development plan to meet the funding needs of your organization. Again, this plan is then supported by DNS working with your resource development professionals.
As you look forward to the coming year and would like to discuss any of the programs and services DNS has that can help you just go to www.dnsassociates.com and complete the free consultation page or you can use the contact information on the web page to contact us directly. Also, if you just have a question fill out the free consultation page and one of our team will contact you with an answer to your question.
Success is attained by effective planning and DNS stands ready to help you and your organization succeed.

Expert Consulting on Capital Campaigns and Feasibility Studies for 30 years!

It's been quite a while since I posted to the DNS page. Just wanted to give you a quick update. DNS celebrated its 34th ...
09/20/2019
Capital Campaigns, Feasibiity Studies, Strategic Planning

It's been quite a while since I posted to the DNS page. Just wanted to give you a quick update. DNS celebrated its 34th Anniversary as a company on June 25th, 2019. Next year we will be 35 years old, hard to believe. During that time we have served literally thousands of nonprofits in a variety of capacities from Strategic Planning, Resource Development Audits and Planning, Annual Campaigns, Feasibility Studies and Capital / Endowment Campaigns, Board Development and Organizational Restructuring. As we move toward our 35th Anniversary we hope to hear from many new nonprofits who might be able to use our help. I thank all of you we have worked with and I am excited about all of those you we might work with in the future. Don't forget if you to to www.dnsassociates.com you can order a copy of my book "The Perfect Nonprofit". Dave Condon

Expert Consulting on Capital Campaigns and Feasibility Studies for 30 years!

03/05/2019
This Is Not Your “Father’s” Strategic Plan!
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Diversified Nonprofit Services is a trusted advisor that helps nonprofit organizations raise money, evaluate opportunities, develop strategies, train and motivate staff and volunteers, communicate effectively, and use technology to improve efficiency. Since 1982, Diversified Nonprofit Services has served almost 1,000 organizations in communities of all sizes. Diversified Nonprofit Services achieves results. * Almost $1 Billion dollars has been raised through hundreds of capital/endowment campaigns. * A myriad of organizations have made strategically-important decisions based on DNS' studies and assessments. * DNS has trained thousands of nonprofit staff, board members and other volunteers. Diversified Nonprofit Services helps nonprofits to apply best practices from the business sector and to take advantage of emerging trends in philanthropy, governance and other areas. Diversified Nonprofit Services uses innovative technologies to enhance communications and collaboration with clients.

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Diversified Nonprofit Services was founded in 1985 by David F. Condon in order to serve nonprofit organizations in the areas of nonprofit management, resource development, feasibility studies, capital / endowment campaigns, strategic planning, and organizational restructuring. Having conducted his first Boys & Girls Club campaign in the fall of 1985 as a pro bono contribution to a friend, Mr. Condon realized that there was an incredible need for the services his company offered for nonprofit organizations across the entire United States. From that humble beginning, DNS made a conscious decision to concentrate its focus on working with Boys & Girls Clubs across America.

Since 1985, Diversified Nonprofit Services has served organizations in 47 States and 2 US Territories. Diversified Nonprofit Services achieves results.


  • Almost $1 Billion Dollars has been raised through capital/endowment campaigns.

  • Dozens of organizations have made strategically-important decisions based on DNS' studies and assessments.

  • DNS has trained thousands of nonprofit staff, board members and other volunteers.
  • Diversified Nonprofit Services is a trusted advisor that helps nonprofit organizations raise money, evaluate opportunities, develop strategies, train and motivate staff and volunteers, communicate effectively, and use technology to improve efficiency.

    Diversified Nonprofit Services helps nonprofits to apply best practices from the business sector and to take advantage of emerging trends in philanthropy, governance and organizational effectiveness. Diversified Nonprofit Services uses innovative technologies to enhance communications and collaboration with clients.

    Each member of the DNS team was handpicked and recruited to become part of Diversified Nonprofit Services. DNS has five full time staff members and does not use subcontractors; with each member of the team being salaried employees. David Condon, CEO has developed a unique management style which involves each and every member of the team in the process of creating the direction for the company. This focus has led to incredible success and to the publishing of a book written by Mr. Condon and Mr. Kevin Bingham entitled The Perfect Nonprofit. The focus of this book mirrors the philosophy of the writers and the company. That philosophy focuses on creating a holistic balanced approach to leadership, governance, marketing, and development of resources that ultimately lead to impactful services to their clients. DNS is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

    A cornerstone of DNS’ approach to working with the organizations it serves is that each and every project has an account executive assigned to execute the day to day goals and objectives of project and also is assigned a supervisor who is a principle of the company. Each client has the right to meet and approve the DNS consultant who will be assigned to their project. The selection of the account executive is linked to the availability of the staff at the time the project commences, geographic location, as well as identifying staff that have experience with similar projects for other organizations.

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