"Our organization was at a significant inflection point in our history and our industry is undergoing tremendous changes. We needed a sure-footed guide through the strategic planning process, and Leslie was the perfect fit. She introduced us to concepts and a framework that moved us through useful discussions to an equally useful outcome, an ambitious but realistic, actionable and measurable plan. The bigger bang was the entire facilitation where Leslie engaged our Board in the process and effectively coached us to resolution when needed. Thanks to this process, the entire group is committed and excited about putting our plan into action. Leslie adapted her approach to support our needs, and her strong nonprofit experience and keen thinking showed throughout the process."
Conservation Consultants Inc
“Bonner Consulting have become the new leading experts in nonprofit consulting in the Pittsburgh area. They have done a thorough job in helping us transition after a merger and acquisition—addressing all the aspects of the acquisition of properties and the merger of the staff, residents, and programs. Additionally, they continue to work with administrative and board structure to help the stakeholders shape a sustainable, solid foundation to support the emerged entity. We couldn’t have done this without them.”
“Working with Leslie and Kate is not for a group that wants their consultants to “rubber stamp” their efforts. They will challenge your preconceived ideas and nudge you to discover a new and better way forward. I’ve had the opportunity to work with BonnerSphar twice and each time ended up with the best possible strategic plan. Both Leslie and Kate bring their practical knowledge honed over years to the process while always being open to new and creative solutions. In short, their work with me on strategic planning, assistance with transitioning my organization and their coaching is second to none!
PA School Boards Association
“The FracTracker Alliance is a complex organization but BonnerSphar was up to the challenge and expertly guided the development of our first strategic plan. Kate and Leslie – the dynamic duo - were consistently proactive, attentive, and accessible. They listened, offered experienced insights, and produced written tools and succinct documents that will help us thrive. We couldn’t have picked a better consulting firm to meet our needs! “
The FracTracker Alliance
“Leslie Bonner and Kate Sphar conducted an engaging and critically constructive planning process. Their style is direct but empathetic, honest and thought provoking. A high expectation for forward thinking is established early in the process. The finished product is a completed plan that exudes excitement, confidence and a strong sense of control over the future direction of the organization.”
NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania
“I cannot thank Kate enough for her support, which has included challenging us to answer hard and difficult questions and providing critical (but always respectful) feedback. Instead of using a prescribed strategy for working with our board and staff, she tailored her approach to fit the needs and culture of our organization, seeking to understand our history, mission, and strengths which generated a customized strategy to address our immediate and long-term goals. BonnerSphar has been an essential part of our organization’s revitalization and I highly recommend them to other organizations that are going through a period of renewal.”
Former Executive Director
Mental Health America—Allegheny County