Camp to Belong Retreat

Exciting weekend in Minneapolis facilitating a Board/Staff retreat with the team of Camp To Belong. Camp to Belong is an international organization dedicated to reuniting brothers and sisters who have become separated in foster care through a week of camp in the summer and other events throughout the year. Exciting things to come from these talented and passionate leaders!

#Nonprofit #Board #Philanthropy #Charity #BoardChampions

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Talking Fiscal Sponsorship

When approached thoughtfully, fiscal sponsorship can be an important tool that promotes collaboration and enhances impact. Enjoyed being in Nashville today leading a seminar on this topic for LawPracticeCLE.

#Nonprofit #Impact #Philanthropy #Charity #BoardChampions


We're Growing! Announcing the Launch of Board Champions 🚀🏆

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Last month, we celebrated the 1 year anniversary of the launch of Nielsen Training & Consulting. Over the past year, I have been honored to work with nonprofit organizations from New Jersey to San Francisco, Miami to Denver, and of course here at home in Kentucky.

As we begin year 2, I recognize that developing a highly effective Board doesn’t happen overnight, but is the product of intentionality, engagement, and effort.

That is why I am thrilled to announce the launch of Board Champions.

This is a year-round, fully customizable Board development program, designed to partner with you in building a Board team capable of translating bold vision into reality.

Flexible enough to meet the needs of your nonprofit, Board Champions begins with a customized Board Self Assessment and facilitated Board retreat and subsequently may include the following services:

  • CEO or Board coaching

  • Defining Board expectations

  • Assessing the skills and diversity of your Board team

  • Building an effective orientation program

  • Aligning committee engagement with strategic objectives

Click the button below to learn more or connect with Greg to set up a consultation. Let’s work together to develop your team into Board Champions!

New Podcast Episode! Elevating Philanthropy's Unheard Voices

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While the perspectives and contributions of thought leaders with established platforms are valuable, we must continue to elevate the unheard voices in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership in order to deepen critical conversations and move the sector forward.  Jen Bokoff, Director of Stakeholder Engagement at Candid, joins Greg to discuss her recent article and efforts aimed at lifting up philanthropy's unheard voices.  

It is available here on the web site at and also on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Anchor, and More.

Strategic Planning Article Published By Bloomerang


Honored to have Bloomerang publish my article on "3 P's for Nonprofit Planning Success." Proud to work with #nonprofits to facilitate processes that result in bold, actionable plans. Would love to hear your success stories and connect to discuss your organization's planning needs!
#Nonprofit #StrategicPlanning #Philanthropy

Championship Fundraising Board Workshop Comes to San Diego!

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Calling all #SanDiego #nonprofit leaders! Pleased to share that I will be in San Diego on Monday, September 9. I invite you to join me as I co-lead a workshop entitled "Building a Championship Fundraising Board" with my friend and colleague Janeal Ford of Fordable Fundraising. Click the link below to check out the details and register!

#fundraising #philanthropy #Board

Have You Checked Out Our Podcast Lately?

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Nonprofit Vision with Gregory Nielsen presents informative and entertaining conversations spotlighting critical issues in nonprofit leadership and the visionaries who are addressing them.

Recent episodes include topics such as:

  • Program Evaluation

  • The Path to Grant Readiness

  • Walking a Mile in Grantee Shoes

  • Your Role in a Social Change Ecosystem

With even more exciting guests and topics to come, now is a great time to subscribe to the podcast. It is available here on the web site at and also on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Anchor, and More. Would love to hear your thoughts or comments on any of the episodes as well as ideas for future guests and topics!

51% of Fundraisers Plan to Leave Their Jobs by 2021, Says New Survey

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This article presents a challenge #nonprofit leaders are confronting now, and will likely continue to face in the future. Does this match your perception and experience? How are you addressing?

"The reasons the revolving door keeps spinning are numerous, our survey shows. But two findings stand out:

84 percent of fundraisers said they felt “tremendous pressure to succeed” in their role.
55 percent said they “often feel unappreciated” in their work."

United Way of Central Ohio Makes Board Diversity Part of Funding Process

It is undeniable that #Board #diversity remains a challenge for the #nonprofit community.

Starting early in 2020, the United Way of Central Ohio plans to include “board diversity” as part of the criteria in its next grant-application process. Charities seeking funding from the United Way will need to have diverse boards or a board-approved plan for achieving diversity.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this:

- Is this the best way to enhance Board diversity?

- Are there other concerns such as tokenism?

- What are some other alternatives?

3 P's for Strategic Planning Success, Giving USA and MORE!


A strategic plan serves as a roadmap to enable an organization to set priorities and measure progress. It informs the direction of the organization, generates heightened engagement and ownership of the mission, and inspires staff, Board, volunteers, and the community to envision bold possibilities. While the final plan document may take a variety of forms, I have found that there are three keys at the outset to chart an effective strategic planning course:

  • Purpose:

Starting with the "why" enables an organization to understand the context and environment in which the planning will occur. Has a previous plan term expired? Is the organization preparing for an expansion? Is there an internal or external challenge confronting the organization?  

  • People:

Any planning process is only as effective as the leaders who will embrace and own it. Who will you include in the planning? Who will "own" the planning effort? How will you capture the critical perspectives of internal and external stakeholders? Who will facilitate the process?

  • Process:

In order to respond quickly to new opportunities and flexibly adapt to changing circumstances, many leaders (myself included) now favor shorter strategic framework processes over formal long-term strategic plans. In consultation with their facilitator, nonprofit leaders should evaluate the planning processes that have worked well with their team in the past and the type of process needed to confront the challenges of today.      

Against a backdrop of countless challenges for nonprofit leaders and Board members, strategic planning can sometimes seem like a daunting undertaking. However, if you begin with the 3 P's of Purpose, People, and Process, you can set your organization on a path towards a successful outcome. If you or your team are ready to think about strategy, let's connect!

CLICK HERE to read the rest of this month's e-newsletter from Nielsen Training & Consulting.

Strategic Plan Approval Day!

A thoughtfully executed strategic planning process informs, engages, and inspires a team to envision what is possible and plan intentionally to achieve it. It has been a pleasure to work with the leaders of The Pete Foundation over the past few months to facilitate their strategic planning process, which culminated in the approval of the plan today. The Pete Foundation rallies communities to champion youth mental health and wellness through normalizing the topic, promoting education and providing tools for healthy emotional development.

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The Effective Facilitator

Effective facilitation is at the heart of any convening.  From #Board and staff #retreats to #strategicplanning, effective facilitation allows the wisdom of participants to surface and enables the team to make effective decisions.  Proud to have completed #TheEffectiveFacilitator course this week through Leadership Strategies, Inc.   


Strategic Visioning

The Association of Community Ministries (ACM) unites the ministries of #Louisville in order to enhance the effectiveness of their work and thereby improve the quality of life for people. Honored to spend today facilitating a strategic visioning session for these talented, passionate, and collaborative #nonprofit leaders.

Honoring Gold Star Families

Honored to celebrate the groundbreaking for a monument in Kentucky honoring Gold Star families. Especially honored to meet Hershel Woody Williams, the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima. This American hero has continued to serve his country by supporting the creation of monuments honoring Gold Star families around the country through the Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation.

Elevate Your Board or Staff Team With a Dynamic Retreat

When I facilitate a #nonprofit #Board or staff retreat, I focus on 3 key goals -- to inform, to engage, and to inspire those who attend. It is truly one of the most rewarding and enjoyable areas of my work. When planned thoughtfully and executed well, a Board retreat can be a key step in transforming or elevating a team. Check out the article below for some additional tips. If your Board or staff would benefit from this experience, let's connect!

Engaging Staff in Turbulent Times

Had a great time co-presenting "Engaging Staff in Turbulent Times" today! A fantastic group of #nonprofit leaders came together as we discussed the role of signature strengths, gratitude, and best self stories in boosting morale and engagement.

#Leadership #PositivePsychology #Gratitude #ProfessionalDevelopment