Business English for NGOs
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

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

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

“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.

4 Lessons for Philanthropy from Past Community Development Initiatives [Nonprofit Quarterly]

Sometimes what happens after the first win makes more practical difference than that first win does. Advancing equity requires both big, strong vision and close...
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Fundraising’s Silver Bullet [The Agitator]

One of the reasons for poor retention and lost donor value is that most organizations design communications, processes and procedures reflecting their internal priorities. And...
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The Nonprofit Ineffectiveness Myth [Technical Philanthropy]

The insulting refrains are all too familiar to those who work in the nonprofit world: Nonprofits are ineffective. They waste money on CEO salaries. They...
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Low-value donors have low value — but you still need them [Future Fundraising Now]

Low value donors are something else beside low value donors: They are a pool of potential higher value donors. When you shrink that pool, you...
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