Client stories

With every engagement, our goal is to deliver purposeful and sustainable results.  Read our clients’ stories about combining our expertise and broad experience with their knowledge and wisdom to achieve greater success.


Equipping corporate leaders for nonprofit board service

Intuit Inc., creator of QuickBooks, is a familiar entity to many nonprofit leaders for their financial management products, software donations, and technical support. For years, Intuit has also supported the work of nonprofits across the U.S. and internationally by offering employee volunteer hours, matching employee contributions to nonprofits, and providing service grants to nonprofit organizations where their employees serve on the Board. Since 2014 Intuit employees have volunteered a total of 159,000 hours and raised in excess of $21 million for local nonprofit organizations.

This past year Intuit stepped up its game to do even more after seeing their board service grant funds were being underutilized. “The people at Intuit are so generous and so engaged in their communities. Our programs to support employee volunteerism and giving have been widely successful, so it raised the question of why board grant funds were being left on the table,” says Dee Reel, Senior Program Manager for Corporate Citizenship at Intuit. Dee led the effort internally to learn more and discovered that the topic of nonprofit board service was itself unfamiliar to many Intuit employees. With this understanding of the underlying problem to solve, Dee contacted Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) in search of nonprofit and governance expertise.


‘Adopt A Family’ partners with CVNL to set a course for a future of increased impact.

For more than 30 years, Adopt A Family of Marin has worked to support struggling families and prevent homelessness in Marin. Starting with just four families in 1990 and growing to serve 600 families in 2018, Adopt A Family (AAF) has steadily expanded its reach over the years to meet the needs of the community.

After years of growth, AAF found themselves at a crossroads facing a new challenge: the capacity of their programs was outpacing the supporting infrastructure of the organization.

“We knew we had a lot of the right pieces in place,” said AAF Executive Director Jacqueline Jaffee. “We wanted to better understand what was lacking, what we needed to take it to the next level.”

People Talk

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We requested a facilitator not a consultant for our annual Board retreat. CVNL provided an exceptional facilitator who was able to add strategic content without abandoning facilitation focus.
YWCA San Francisco - Marin
I was very happy with the results of our work together. CVNL provided important content, delivered in a manner that was professional, knowledgeable and approachable.
Community Action Marin
CVNL was able to give great, nuanced answers to the questions people had around board service. I was very pleased with the outcome — professional, confident, funny and nice to have in the room — definitely added to our retreat.
Women's Community Clinic