Julie Simpson

Julie Simpson

Director of Nonprofit Strategy and Capacity Building

Julie Simpson, Director of Nonprofit Strategy and Capacity Building, is a highly respected leader with more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. With field-tested expertise in such areas as education, gender rights, community partnership-building, arts and culture, and advocacy, Simpson has helped numerous organizations develop and implement strategic plans, design new business models, and evaluate programs. Simpson has worked with nonprofit boards and executive directors on issues including mission, governance, change management, and strategy. Some of her recent clients have included the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the London Arts Learning Partnership.

Using an Ecosystem Approach to Define Nonprofit Strategy

You’ve been hearing about the “external environment” “ecosystem” “collaboration” “collective impact” and “hubs, spoke, nodes, etc.” a lot lately. Have you been wondering how all these concepts should influence your organization’s strategic priorities? So have we. Continue reading

From “Good” to “Great” (or Better Yet, Impactful)

Does a “good board” really a strong organization make?

Fixing your board…that’s what many of us in leadership positions in the nonprofit sector believe it takes to improve our organizational impact. But how much does developing and educating your board really improve the way your organization does its work? Continue reading