Blair Nonprofit Advisors builds the capacity and effectiveness of mission-driven organizations by coaching, advising, and supporting internal project teams on their strategic technology initiatives.
My name is Tim Blair and I serve as a project manager, team builder, facilitator, technical advisor, vendor liaison, and all-around problem solver. My work focuses on helping organizations navigate the more challenging aspects of their website communications, donor databases, and grantmaking systems. My clients rely on me to identify and communicate their needs, to evaluate and select the best approach for meeting those needs, and to work alongside staff and vendors to get their projects successfully completed. When necessary, I bring in other like-minded consultants with nonprofit experience.
Typical projects involve strategic decision making around technology and just as importantly they are likely to address some of the more challenging issues associated with how organizations incorporate new technology into their daily operations -- and into their culture. This usually involves creating new processes and workflows, building and training teams, and improving collaboration throughout an organization.
Here is a brief overview of some of the types of projects completed recently.
- Evaluated, selected, and supported the implementation of grant-making solutions for multiple foundations.
- Coached the leadership, marketing, and development teams for multiple organizations on improving their fundraising workflows, project management techniques, and methods of collaboration.
- Facilitated an organization-wide online communications needs assessment project including stakeholder interviews, focus groups, and surveys.
- Led the implementation of a donor database which included configuration, training, documentation, and defining new operating procedures.
- Supported the implementation of BlackBaud’s NetCommunity Spark.
- Led clinics and workshops for several organizations on improving communication skills and project management techniques to address “information overload.”
- Evaluated, selected, and supported the implementation of a Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) System.
- Led website projects for multiple organizations serving as Project Manager, Information Architect, Technical Advisor, and Vendor Liaison.
For over 20 years I have been assisting organizations with information technology and communications. I have worked closely with foundations, human services organizations, educational institutions, and some of New England’s premier environmental advocacy organizations. I have played a lead role in guiding their internet strategies and introducing technical solutions that have helped these organizations increase their impact online.
Prior to Blair Nonprofit Advisors, I ran Digital Goat Consulting Services LLC, a five person internet strategy and website development company serving nonprofit organizations in New England. For over nine years, I was responsible for growing that business and managing the internet strategy and web technology projects addressing the diverse business needs of nonprofit organizations like The Natural Resources Council of Maine, The Biodiversity Research Institute, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Maine Development Foundation, Maine Audubon, Preble Street, The Chewonki Foundation, Spurwink, The Island Institute, and the Maine Association of Nonprofits.
In addition to the work I do with nonprofit organizations and their systems, I am also a teacher of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR). I have been studying and practicing mindfulness for over 5 years and am currently enrolled in the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute (MBPTI) at UC San Diego. I have completed their intensive 6-day teacher training and am teaching under the mentorship of an approved MBPTI mentor. I am also currently working with several nonprofits to develop curriculum and programs for integrating the practice and benefits of mindfulness into the workplace.
Before Digital Goat I worked for 10 years in information technology and website development at MetLife and New England Financial in Boston, Massachusetts.
I volunteer as a trainer for the Maine Association of Nonprofit’s SkillBuilder Program, and have served on the board of the Phippsburg Land Trust.
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