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)

Doing
What we do

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

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

“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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“What is this thing we’re doing?”

Organizations with different networks and capacities may recognize the ability to expand their influence and reach new or larger audiences by coordinating certain activities. Some...
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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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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.

An Endowment Can Secure Your Small Nonprofit’s Future [Get Fully Funded blog]

As a small nonprofit, it’s important that you get beyond the day-to-day grind of bringing in enough money to fund your current programs. You need...
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Trust in Civil Society 2021 Report [Independent Sector]

Public trust is the currency of the nonprofit sector. The public’s belief that nonprofits will “do the right thing” is one of the central reasons...
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Putting Participants at the Center of Managing and Leading Nonprofits [Stanford Social Innovation Review]

The first step for re-centering nonprofit management around participants—those intended beneficiaries that are core to the mission of nonprofit organizations—is to more fully recognize them,...
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Identify Potential Monthly Donors Using Data [A Direct Solution blog]

Donor data has always been important in raising funds for nonprofits. It’s literally your ‘gold.’ It provides you with everything you need to keep track...
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