Business English for NGOs
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Working for Social Impact

Based in the Czech Republic, we primarily serve organizations in Central Europe, Eastern Europe and the United States (and other great places)

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What we do

Program + strategy consulting, fundraising + development planning, and English-language communications for social impact.

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Strategies for social impact organizations

We work with non-governmental + non-profit organizations, social enterprises, foundations, social businesses, philanthropies, cooperatives and associations, civil society and community groups, and public benefit entities.

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What we do

Business English for NGOS provides fundraising, program + strategy planning, and English-language communications skills training for social impact organizations.

Program Strategy + Capacity Building

Social impact organizations rely on solid strategy and planning to ensure stability throughout challenging times. Donors, funders, grantmakers, and supporters expect mission-driven / purpose-driven organizations to apply good ideas and vital resources in an effective...
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Fundraising + Development Planning

NGOs and nonprofit organizations require people power, social capital, and financial resources to achieve social change. Organizations must also navigate day-to-day priorities, often with limited time, capacity, or ability. At any time, organizations can find...
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English Language Coaching

Each organization possesses a unique combination of mission, vision, and purpose. Communicating what makes organizations special in a clear, effective, and concise manner is vital to gaining — and keeping — support. English is particularly...
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Clients include non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), non-profit organizations (NPOs), social enterprises, foundations, philanthropies, charities, associations, community groups, social businesses, cooperatives, and public benefit organizations.

Based in the Czech Republic, we primarily serve organizations in Central Europe, Eastern Europe and the United States. (We collaborate with organizations in other parts of the world too!)

Our Notepad

Insights from our social impact conversations + consultations

“So, we’ll make it work…”

The time will come when your organization can offer its capacity, its expertise, or its resources to another organization. Whether it receives the request, or...
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“This just is not working…”

Sometimes it just happens. Organizations that worked well together can no longer do so. Good partnerships that should work in theory sometimes just simply do...
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“Before we say yes…”

Whether voluntarily or by necessity, your organization will build relationships with a range of entities. Organizations need support from others at different times, for different...
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“We’re doing this because…”

The desire to extend your organization's capacities and resources through partnerships with others ideally connects (1) what benefits your organization with (2) what benefits another...
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About Us

My name is Ryan Turner, and I am the founder of Business English for NGOs. For more than 25 years, I have worked with non-profit/non-governmental organizations and social enterprises in all aspects of strategic planning, program development, and fundraising.

As a social impact consultant, my primary goal is to empower client organizations towards stability and growth. This requires respect for each organization’s mission, values, stakeholders, and unique needs.

My background includes leadership, management, advocacy and volunteering across a wide range of issue areas.

Since 2015, I have focused primarily on philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, civil society and corporate social responsibility in Central Europe and Eastern Europe.

I am a proud native of Richmond, Virginia; an active alumnus of Princeton University; and a current resident of Prague, Czech Republic.

Social Impact Reading List

Perspectives on fundraising, strategic planning, leadership (and more). This is a curated list of summaries, with links to full articles located on their original sites.

Skip the Ask and Make It a “Gift Conversation” [Gail Perry Group]

We believe there is a much better way to stage a successful ask – by slowing down and engaging the donor in a conversation. Skip...
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Data for Better Decisions: Nonprofit Performance Management [Tech Impact]

Data is a valuable resource that is still underutilized by nonprofits. As organizations continually struggle for the resources needed to do their work, they can...
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Grassroots Marketing Basics for Nonprofits [Soapbox Engage blog]

Grassroots marketing usually begins from the "ground" up. Typical fundraising or marketing campaigns use a strategic message from your nonprofit's leadership that you hope will...
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Non-Profit Storytelling: Your Next Best Step [The Storytelling Non-Profit]

Messaging is the backbone of your stories and your campaigns. It needs to be clear, compelling and resonant. This is where you get into the...
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Building a Successful Virtual Team for Your Social Impact Organization [Nonprofit HR]

In an environment where virtual employees are becoming the norm, it’s essential that your organization is intentional in the way it hires, onboard and engages...
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Giving in Numbers: 2021 Edition [Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose]

The 2021 edition of Giving in NumbersTM takes a closer look at the latest trends on employee engagement, community investment, and social efforts made by...
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10 Giving Tuesday Lessons for Organization Like Yours [DonorPerfect]

We surveyed 1,000 nonprofit professionals within the DonorPerfect Community and asked what made their Giving Tuesday strategy so pivotal in 2020. Here are the results....
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How to Kickstart Your Nonprofit Engagement Strategy [Argenta]

As 2021 ends, nonprofit organizations (NPOs) find themselves facing challenges new and old. On the one hand, as more and more NPOs emerge, it becomes...
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