I believe we are in an era of transformation where the nonprofit sector is renewing the promise of civil society. All around us are tremendous disruptions in how we fund and mange our organizations, but it will all be for the better. We are creating greater social impact by design.

– Michael Brand

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Michael’s Bio

For a generation, Michael Brand has been carrying the message of transformation….that we can rethink the whole nature of nonprofits and create exciting new models that pursue the mission and fulfill the hearts of those working in the organization.

While working with leaders from across the United States, Michael’s philanthropic efforts include serving as a Partner with Social Venture Partners in Portland, Oregon.

Previous to his west coast move, Michael served at a Program Officer for a major east coast community foundation (The Erie Community Foundation), where he led the coaching and training efforts to ignite nonprofit transformation in the region. In addition, in this role he coordinated the granting of over $1 million in aid to select nonprofits.

Through much of the 90s and 00s, Michael worked with a range of human service and education reform efforts initiated by the State of Pennsylvania in order to meet the new challenges.  In his spare time Michael did a bit of fundraising for several nonprofits while also teaching at the Penn State.

His work is also international. Soon after the fall of the Iron Curtain, Michael led the first team of nonprofit advisors into the Czech Republic. Working in conjunction with the United Nations High Commission On Refugees, Michael assisted many small fledgling non-governmental organizations make the transition to a new way of life. A generation later, all these groups are a thriving, integral part of Czech civic society.  Following this project, Michael landed in Australia where he was invited to research and teach at Queensland University.

Many organizations have invited Michael to serve in leadership roles on their Boards of Directors and organizing teams: from youth organizations and libraries to environmental groups and YMCAs.

Michael holds a Masters of Nonprofit Management from the renowned Mandel Center For Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University in addition to a Political Science degree from Montana State University. In addition Michael holds several advanced certificates in various facilitation methodologies.

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What Others Say About Michael

“Thank you so much for your skillful navigation of our group through this very challenging process of reviewing our purpose and refocusing based on growth and change.  I am VERY pleased with how you kept us focused on the main goal, and kept bringing us back to the basics.   I also appreciated how you kept those quieter members involved by specifically asking for their input.  The meeting was highly productive, and you were so warm and friendly, yet professional, that I think we all felt we were in good hands.”

Eileen Wise, Executive Director
Smart Start, State College, PA

“Michael made the strategic planning process at CARE not only manageable but helped us align the organizational goals meaningfully to the mission. He provides unique insight and intuitive understanding of NPO best practices, how to apply these principles and makes them practical for your organization.”

Tina M. Martin, Executive Director
CARE for Children, Bradford, PA

“Michael packed a punch with his concise, usable and relevant material.  Local non profit volunteers and board members went away from his workshop with plenty to think about and actionable strategies.  We can’t wait to book him for the next in the series!”

Georgia Abbey, Executive Director
Leadership Centre County, State College, PA

“Very few people have been able to capture the attention of my audience.  Michael Brand is one of the few that can.  His engaging style combined with real world applications makes him a favorite at DVAEYC conferences.”

Tyrone Scott, Professional Development Manager
DVAEYC, Philadelphia, PA

“We have an obligation to provide a cost-effective professional education for the organizations in our collaborative and my goal is to offer more than just the standard fare peddled by so many ‘experts’; material that sounds nice but fails to drive any real change. That’s why I am consistently impressed at how Michael Brand can challenge conventional thinking and get groups moving which have stagnated for 6-9-12 months.”

Amelia Smith, Community Engagement Coordinator
Northern Tier Community Action Agency, Emporium, PA

“I’ve engaged Michael’s help for 8 years now for everything from Strategic Planning to Public Forum Facilitation to Personal Coaching. When I need outside help, he’s the first one I call.”

Lee Sizemore, Board Chair
McKean Collaborative Board, Smethport, PA

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Michael Brand
18767 Nutmeg Lane
Oregon City, OR  97045