I help nonprofit chief executives grow their organizations …

… because we’re idealists.

We both want a better world for our families and friends, and I know my best path there is helping you succeed. Wildly.

Growth opportunities to seize / problems to solve:

Change Management

It’s all about growth. New funding, new programs, new people.
“I step away from our coaching conversations and I have two things: Very clear next steps, but also the clarity of mind to see, ‘Oh, here is how I’m going to do that.’ This gives me enormous confidence to move forward.”
Ines Polonius, alt.Consulting

Strategic Planning Doing

Actions coordinated toward accomplishing your misssion. That’s strategic doing.
“John gets the strategic conversation started long before the retreat so board members are talking and engaged before they even arrive.”

Communicating with Impact

Be the message. Be authentic. Listen with purpose. Speak simply and powerfully.
“John quickly helped me distill our many programs into one clear message, with a direct call to action, that won more friends for our agency from my audiences.”
Ingrid Kirst, Community CROPS

Get Control of Your Time

Your nonprofit’s scarcest resource is your time and attention.

Engage and Mobilize Employees

Get everyone flying in the same direction.
“John is like a second brain for me.”

How I help you seize growth opportunities and solve problems:

Assess ...

… with proprietary tools and interviews, the highest-value problem we can solve.

Design ...

… an initiative, together, to get a quick win and lasting impact.

Execute ...

… the initiative (you do that, with our coaching support).

More on how I help you seize growth opportunities and solve problems:

I’m super-flexible. I take whatever approach helps you get to success the quickest, and frequently switch back and forth.

Executive Coaching

I help you take what you already know, generate new insights, make action plans, then hold you accountable while you execute those plans.


I draw the best thinking out of other people efficiently and enjoyably, whether that’s your board, your leadership team, or just you and a key partner.


I share specific expertise that empowers your audience (usually board or team members) to take specific action. Interactivity is guaranteed.


I collect information for you and generate action recommendations. I don’t do a lot of this; my clients almost always have the answers.

Who I work with:*

You must be …

  • The chief executive (e.g. executive director, CEO).
  • Growth-oriented.
  • High-achieving.
  • Coachable.

Your organization must …

  • Have at least a $1 million annual budget.
  • Have diversified revenue streams.
  • Be healthy and stable.

* Of course I work with boards of directors, leadership teams, and staff members … but my primary client is always the chief executive.

Who are you?

John M. Fulwider, Ph.D.
John M. Fulwider, Ph.D.Managing Partner

Adviser for growth-oriented nonprofit executives. Happy husband. Infertile dad (http://youtu.be/U5tK0iM8390). All my memories revolve around food.

Brief Biography
Representative Clients
Five Things to Know about John

Why do you work exclusively with nonprofit chief executives?

1. I’m an idealist like you. In our ideal world, nonprofit organizations help more people because their chief executives succeed wildly.

2. I know what it’s like to run a nonprofit organization. To feel like you’re running on a treadmill, or stuck at a plateau. To feel the frustration of knowing if you could just find that “silver bullet,” you could accomplish so much more for your mission. I’ve created nonprofit success solutions just for you.

What kind of nonprofit chief executives do you work with?

I work with people who say things like …

What kind of guarantee do you offer?

I understand that, as a nonprofit executive, the resources you have to invest are precious. You have to manage your expenses smartly, and think about return on investment.

What’s more, the fees for my success solutions are a meaningful investment.

Fortunately, I’m so confident my services will empower you to achieve your organization’s goals, help you engage your board, give you the tools to lead your team, and equip you to be a great fundraiser that I offer a 100% money back guarantee. So you really have zero risk.

If at any time you don’t believe that my services are delivering value, I will refund your investment in full. No questions asked. No hoops to jump through. No games.

But you should know that this guarantee works both ways. Because I am so passionate about helping people create real, sustainable change, I reserve the right to end our relationship if you’re not making progress. An I’ll give you your money back for that too. So you’ve got nothing to lose, right?