Membership Organizations Benefit from Expert Consultants Too

Ari Betof
Ari Betof

Nonprofit membership organizations serve their member institutions by providing expert advice and support. But these organizations benefit from expert consultation too. As president of Organizational Sustainability Consulting, Dr. Ari Betof advises, consults to, and facilitates expert workshop sessions for membership organizations in addition to his consulting work with other nonprofits. In the past year, Ari Betof served as a senior advisor for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and completed projects for several other membership organizations. Experienced in leadership development and governance, Dr. Ari Betof recently completed a data analysis project about board chair and head of school succession for the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS).

Dr. Ari Betof also regularly speaks at industry events, including two recent presentations for the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS). The first presentation was a panel discussion on challenging in a competitive marketplace and the impact of antitrust laws on nonprofits at the NJAIS Finance Officers’ Conference. Several weeks later, Dr. Ari Betof lead an extended workshop session on managing up, organizational savvy, and influence without authority at the NJAIS Admission Officer’s Conference.

Since its founding in 1958, NJAIS has worked to foster and advance the educational capabilities of private schools in New Jersey. In addition to advocating for member schools at the local and federal level, NJAIS provides professional development opportunities and promotes best practices. Moreover, the organization operates a rigorous accreditation program.

Ari Betof has has served as a two term trustee of the Friends Council on Education. He has been a faculty member for the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) School Leadership Program as well as a working group member for several NAIS strategic projects. Dr. Ari Betof has presented at multiple international and national conferences, including the NAIS Annual Conference and the Enrollment Management Association Annual Conference.

The Leadership Brainery Offers National Ambassador Fellowships

Ari Betof
Ari Betof

President of Organizational Sustainability Consulting, where he coaches executives on institutional leadership and effectiveness. In addition to his consulting work, Ari Betof regularly speaks on leadership and governance topics. He supports a spectrum of organizations, inclduing The Leadership Brainery in Boston, MA.

A nonprofit group, The Leadership Brainery helps underrepresented and first-generation college students access graduate and professional-level academic programs. The organization seeks to alleviate the disparity amongst minorities in professional positions through its National Ambassador Fellowship program.

The National Ambassador Fellowship chooses one undergraduate student from across the US states and Puerto Rico to join the program. The selection process is competitive and requires all candidates to be nominated. A limited number of these individuals are invited to submit personal leadership statements and participate in video interviews. Fellows are then accepted into to The Leadership Brainery program from this whittled-down pool of nominees.

Ambassadors receive supportive services that include three years of personal and professional development, graduate-school admissions assistance, and preparation materials for the Law School Admission Test, the Medical College Admission Test, and the Graduate Management Admission Test. Upon completion of the program, ambassadors provide a trusted diversity pipeline for industry recruiters and professional-degree programs recruiting innovative leaders and change agents.

Independent Schools Receive Data-Informed Consulting Services

Ari Betof
Ari Betof

An experienced school administrator, Ari Betof has a doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania with focus on organizational dynamics and financial sustainability. Ari Betof is also a frequent presenter at national and regional conferences and serves as the president of Organizational Sustainability Consulting, LLC, in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Organizational Sustainability Consulting is a mission-driven firm that fosters the health and vitality of groups that operate in the social-service sector. In addition to nonprofits and small colleges, the firm provides consulting assistance to independent schools.

These institutions benefit from a data-driven approach, which promote financial and organizational sustainability. They also receive access to an array of coaching for senior leaders and boards of trustees including executive coaching, retreats, working sessions and strategic-planning consultation. Moreover, Organizational Sustainability helps independent schools in conducting fundraising and enrollment management audits, financial modeling, and viability analysis.

For further information on services offered by Organizational Sustainability Consulting, visit www.orgsustainability.com.

The Need for Financial Crisis Simulations

Ari Betof
Ari Betof

A consultant to senior leaders at nonprofit organizations, Dr. Ari Betof is the president of Organizational Sustainability Consulting, LLC. In an article on his Medium website titled “Fiscal Fire Bubbles – The Case For Financial Crisis Simulation,” Dr. Ari Betof states that while active-shooter exercises have sadly become routine in workplaces and schools, a mass shooting is less likely to happen than a financial crisis.

However, many organizations are not prepared for the possibility of a financial crisis. For instance, nonprofits should consider what would happen if changes in tax laws led to a major decrease in annual giving or if grant funding suddenly disappeared.

Organizations should consider creating a tangible plan to help them weather a potential financial crisis. Specifically, they can develop financial crisis simulations, which would consist of senior leaders, the board, and the finance committee. In addition, an outside consultant can be brought in who is knowledgeable about the organization’s financial state. The consultant can map out possible scenarios and build accountability on the team.