We enable organizations to raise more money on a sustainable basis through strategic revenue development & engaged governance.

In the face of complex issues such as increasing competition, changing donor behaviour, along with increased scrutiny of the charitable sector it is clear that the most successful organizations are aligned organizations. Establishing alignment between governance and fundraising performance –and staying aligned— is the essential element of strategic, mission-driven organizations. The Discovery Group works with the best and the brightest in the sector to facilitate sustainable change and to discover how to be exceptional

ABOUT US

We strive to be the partner
of choice for ambitious leaders
& their organizations

The Discovery Group was founded out of his belief that organizations and their leaders can change the world.

Douglas Nelson is Managing Director of The Discovery Group, a philanthropy and governance consulting firm based in Vancouver, BC. The Discovery Group was founded out of his belief that organizations and their leaders can change the world. Doug understands the complexity of governing complex organizations and institutions and the challenges of aligning governance and philanthropic performance. Doug has been called a ‘fundraising phenom’ by the Vancouver Sun and ‘a true innovator for a sector that can do so much more.’

As a philanthropic sector executive he has led organizations in both Canada and the United States to new heights, raising nearly $1 billion. His focus on the alignment of engaged governance and revenue sustainability has been recognized with awards for governance, culture, advocacy, and innovative granting.

HALLMARKS OF ALIGNED ORGANIZATIONS

01.
Engaged Governance
  • Accountability to mission

  • Dynamic understanding of the organization
  • Integrated effective issues management process

02.
Priority Setting & Planning
  • Priorities and plans are connected to mission
  • Critical stakeholders are informed & engaged
  • Operative process for evaluating priorities
03.
Organizational Performance
  • Plan is on mission & known across the organization
  • Plan based on past performance and future potential
  • Established measures of progress are utilized

OUR SERVICES

Just like every organization is unique, every engagement is unique; specifically tailored to match the needs, opportunities and aspirations of every client.

Governance

Comprehensive Governance Review

Role of Board/ED/CEO Consultations

Full Board & Peer Evaluations

Institutional Leadership Assessment

Policy Drafting & Review

Board Retreat Planning & Facilitation

Priorities & Planning

Strategic Planning

Multi-year Planning

Annual Business Planning

Change Management

Leadership Development

Retreat Planning & Facilitation

Organizational Performance

Comprehensive Revenue Programs Review

Campaign Planning & Execution

Strategic Options & Recommendations

Integration of revenue programs

Practice & Process Audit

Resident Counsel

Working With Us 

At the Discovery Group we believe that just like every organization is unique, every engagement is unique. We provide a program specifically tailored to match the needs, opportunities and aspirations of each client. Typical engagements include first helping senior management, the board, or both; assess the opportunities, challenges, and urgency the organizations is facing. This opening work is usually followed by time spent with the organization to determine alignment, develop a plan of action and ongoing support for implementation.