Business English for NGOs
Services
Services

We provide program + strategy consulting, fundraising and development planning, and English-language communications skills training for social impact. This includes training for organizations, group workshops, and individual coaching for leaders.

Guiding social impact organizations to reach their strategic goals
Guiding social impact organizations to reach their strategic goals

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

Working for Social Impact
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)

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

Partnership ≠ Collaboration

When faced with an opportunity, organizations will often say "we should partner!" or "we should collaborate!". This is often true when the opportunity seems inaccessible...
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“But what is the reason?”

Organizations exist for a reason. The reason may not always be clear, rational, or meaningful. But organizations do exist for a reason. Organizations can find...
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Unmeasured Metrics

Organizations want to know if they are achieving their goals. They want to know how and when they reach their strategic objectives. They want a...
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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.

Is the Buy-One-Give-One Model Dead? TOMS and the Future of Social Enterprises [Cosmic]

In 2006, TOMS defined what it looked like for a business to put people before profit. With their “One for One” give-back model, your purchase...
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Donor love – Charity campaigns that give back [European Fundraising Association]

For at least three decades, the charity sector been exploring the concept of relationship fundraising and working out how best they can put supporters at...
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Measuring Social Impact Can Help Foster a Stronger European Social Economy [SSIR]

In theory, social impact measurement should be a powerful tool to improve the European social economy. It can help individual organizations set realistic objectives; monitor,...
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Making the Mark: The Benchmark for Impact Investing Practice [BlueMark]

The challenges we collectively face can’t be solved with a “business as usual” approach to financial and investment decisions. A new system is needed for...
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