Testimonials : Successful Nonprofits

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Delivering results for nonprofit organizations

We define our success
by your results

by GoldenburgGroup

Inspiring Partnerships: A Glimpse into Our Diverse and Impactful Partner Portfolio

Though we are based in Atlanta, Georgia, we have collaborated with nonprofits across the US including Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Illinois; Louisiana; New York; North Carolina; Pennsylvania; South Carolina, and Texas.. We are proud of the organizations we have served and are honored to be part of their journeys to success whether through Board recruitment, Board retreats, Board trainings, executive transition, leadership coaching, or strategic planning engagements. We are privileged to work with a diverse portfolio of not-for-profits, from the small and mighty to the large and influential, including:

AIDS Foundation Houston
Atlanta Community Food Bank
Atlanta Pride Committee
Bradbury Sullivan LGBTQ Center
Brooklyn Community Pride Center
CAMP Rehoboth
Center for Movement Challenges
Chainless Change, Inc
College Football Hall of Fame
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Decatur Book Festival
Formerly Incarcerated College Graduates Network
Future Foundation
Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network
Georgia Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
Legacy Decatur
North Coast Opportunities
Northland Cares
One Orlando Alliance
Pacific Center for Human Growth
PD Gladiators
Pebble Tossers
Pennsylvania Association of Public Defenders
Raleigh LGBT Center
Robert H Jackson Center
San Diego LGBT Center
Second Helpings Atlanta
Sheltering Arms
Someone Cares
Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS
Stepping Stone of San Diego
HOPE Atlanta
Humane Society of Northeast Georgia
Illinois Water Environment Association
Innovative Solutions for Disabled and Disadvantaged
Inside Out Youth Services
Laws of Life
Terminus Ballet
Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
Triangle Community Center
We Are Family
William Way LGBT Community Center
Zebra Coalition

Partner Testimonials: Stories of Growth and Transformation

We take immense pride in the enduring relationships we have built, as many of our valued partners continue to entrust us with their consulting needs, returning to us time and again. But don’t just take our word for it. Explore our testimonials and discover the transformative experiences our nonprofit partners have had working with us:

Engagement: Strategic Planning & Training

Feedback: Dolph has served as a facilitator and faculty member for our organization’s training sessions, as well as a consultant to facilitate our strategic planning process. In every case, Dolph has been a consummate professional, has demonstrated excellent communication skills, navigated timelines, and provided the information and instruction that consistently make him one of our most popular faculty members. Dolph’s command of nonprofit operations and governance, paired with his attention to detail and thorough follow-through make him the perfect person to choose as a consultant!

 Denise Spivak, CEO – Centerlink – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Engagement: Strategic Planning

Feedback: I am exceptionally impressed by Dolph’s ability to bring all of the parts of an organization together and inspire us to move forward for years to come. Dolph goes above and beyond to make meetings efficient and productive. He provides empathic and sound guidance. The tools and resources he uses are attractive and user-friendly. As a result, we learned what services we provide are critical, we have a direction to strengthen our mission, and we are more engaged in the details to make it all happen. 

Rebecca Stapel-Wax, Executive Director – SOJOURN –  Atlanta, GA

Engagement: Interim Executive Director

Feedback: I had the opportunity to meet Dolph during his time serving as the Interim Executive Director of Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS in Phoenix, AZ. Dolph lead the organization through a time of uncertainty as the Board of Directors embarked on a nearly 18-month search for its next Executive Director. When I was appointed to fill that role in June, I started meeting weekly with Dolph prior to moving to Phoenix. Dolph’s impact on the organization quickly became clear and cannot be overstated. He led the organization from a financial freefall to a significantly improved balance sheet that included sustainable funding streams. He created a senior leadership team, increased transparency with staff and board and established much needed boundaries by clarifying the roles of staff and the Board of Directors. Dolph was thorough and methodical in his work but also kind and patient with staff and members of the Board. He brought much needed deep expertise in the nonprofit sector, strong assessment and analytic skills and operational know-how. Southwest Center now has the ability to implement and execute successful initiatives that are sound, strategic and sustainable. If you are seeking an interim executive, I would highly recommend Dolph. His leadership and commitment paved the way for a smooth and informed transition. He went beyond the call of duty to ensure I had the information and tools I needed to be successful. I can’t thank him enough for all he did.

Chuck Peterson, Executive Director (former) – Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS – Phoenix, AZ

Engagement: Strategic Planning

Feedback: Dolph Goldenburg led us through our first professionally led strategic planning process for Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage & Disability (ISDD) and helped us to develop a workable plan.

He is a sensitive, calm and diplomatic consultant with a reasoned and detailed approach for managing both current and future needs of an organization. As a former nonprofit executive director, he has a practical, rather than just a theoretical, understanding of organizational management which sets him apart from other consultants.

He has a great sense of humor and the ability to make the strategic planning process enjoyable as well as productive. He can see the big picture while still being able to drill down to the process and detail level. Dolph is also flexible and adaptable, he was able to make changes when challenges arose during the process to keep us on track. He promised a high level of service and that is exactly what we got!

Rainie Jueschke, Executive Director – Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage & Disability – Atlanta, GA

Engagement: Sustainability Plan

Feedback: Dolph is [insert favorite expletive] amazing!
PD Gladiators is a small nonprofit–much smaller than Dolph typically advises–but he treated us like we were the United Way. The level of detail at which he works went well beyond expectations, and I think inspired our team to execute.

Watching Dolph work is like observing a world-class artist–each brushstroke is simple yet calculated to result in a thing of beauty. I recommend him wholeheartedly.

Larry Kahn – CEO (retired) – Atlanta, GA

Engagement: Board Development

Feedback: The Sheltering Arms Board had been on a 12-month journey towards increased effectiveness when we engaged Dolph and his firm. Dolph’s leadership and willingness to tailor a program that met us where we were on our journey was invaluable. He added a personalized and objective touch to engaging our large board, providing us with segmented insights that would have been more challenging to uncover working on our own. Because of Dolph, the Sheltering Arms Board has increased momentum going into a new year, and is on the path to operating at higher levels of effectiveness!

Michael Smith, Board Chair – Sheltering Arms – Atlanta, GA

Engagement: Strategic Planning

Feedback: Dolph is an incredibly talented leader who helped to change the course of our organization, assessing our community and steering our board toward a solid strategic plan.

He is incredibly organized and professional and also brings fun and expertise to goal setting and organizational guidance. I am so pleased with his work and would recommend him to anyone seeking to take their mission to the next level. Dolph is also very well connected and helped Zebra Coalition gain more attention on a national scale.​

Heather Wilkie, Executive Director – Zebra Coalition – Orlando, FL

Engagement: Strategic Planning

Feedback: Simply put, Dolph was outstanding. GLA Board members and I worked with Dolph over a six-month period to create a Strategic Plan that is transforming our organization. Dolph challenged our organization to reach further programmatically. He challenged what was already a highly-functioning Board to go above and beyond their current obligations. Because of Dolph, the Board is operating at an extraordinary level. Dolph showed time and again through this process why board relations and governance are his expertise.

Meredith Ragains, Executive Director – Georgia Lawyers for the Arts – Atlanta, GA

Engagement: Strategic Planning

Feedback: Jusoor, the organization I am leading, engaged Dolph & Lexie to develop a strategic plan, with the participation of a broad range of stakeholders, board members, and the team.

Through this exercise, Dolph and Lexie guided us through the process of creating a three-year plan with a detailed schedule that we are implementing and continually adding to. In addition, the full plan document which Dolph & Lexie produced is very well written.

Dolph & Lexie truly care about their clients and they are valued thought partners who offer intellect, vision, strategy, action steps, all with encouragement and accountability. I highly recommended, the services offered by Dolph and Successful Nonprofits.

Grace Atkinson, Executive Director  – Jusoor – Paris, France

Engagement: Annual Board Retreat

Feedback: Dolph is so much more than a nonprofit consultant. Dolph recently led Pebble Tossers’ annual retreat and helped restructure our committees. This was slightly different from most retreats as we had 7 new board members to onboard, and we introduced new branding and a new business model to everyone. He skillfully brought together old and new board members and very quickly we all felt engaged and excited for our mission. He did his research on our organization and created a unique retreat package that included our new branding and brand voice. Dolph goes above and beyond simple consulting, his professional attitude and fun sense of humor make everyone around him comfortable, but also ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work.  I am so thankful to have met Dolph and will turn to him for advice whenever I need it. Thanks Dolph!

Jennifer Guynn, Founder  – Pebble Tossers – Atlanta, GA

Engagement: Strategic Planning

Feedback: It was a pleasure to work with Dolph on the Georgia Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing’s (GCDHH) three-year Strategic Plan. With his experience and vast knowledge, we gained the information needed for our agency’s to grow and become successful. Also, he was able to moderate the meeting with both Deaf and Hearing participants which can be difficult for most consultants. We truly appreciate all his hard work and dedication for our future as a thriving organization.

Jimmy Peterson, CEO – Georgia Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – Atlanta, GA

Engagement: Interim Executive Director

Feedback: Dolph Goldenburg is . . . a strong nonprofit interim executive director . . . who can navigate past pitfalls and can step in with confidence and authority.

If any other organization finds itself about to experience a transition at the top and wants real dynamic and focused leadership, Successful Nonprofits® is the route to go.

Debbie Brennan, Board Chair – Brooklyn Community Pride Center –  Brooklyn, NY

Engagement: Organization Evaluation

Feedback: The organizational assessment was comprehensive and covered all of the organization’s key operational and governance areas, and made important recommendations for our organization.

​We are stronger than ever before and would highly recommend engaging Successful Nonprofits® for this type of project.

Ronnie Bass, Executive Director – Someone Cares – Atlanta, GA


Engagement: Strategic Planning

Feedback: Dolph has a true gift in meeting an organization where it is at, and then exceeding all expectations. This past January of 2020, I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Dolph on a new 3yr strategic plan for Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre. Even now, in what is the most uncertain of times, I come away from his process energized and fully confident Terminus now has the tools to thrive in this new uncertain environment.

John Welker, Executive Director – Terminus – Atlanta, GA

Engagement: Strategic Planning

Feedback: Dolph and his team at Successful Non-Profits were incredible to work with. They took us through a strategic planning process that was thoughtful, insightful, engaging, and productive. He helped us quickly reach a consensus around a shared mission and vision and facilitated the process effortlessly. We will definitely be calling him again in a few years to build our next strategic plan!

Allison Mayfield, CEO – Humane Society of Northeast Georgia – Gainsville, GA


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