Meet Matt Visser

Matt Visser

Hi, I'm Matt!

Leadership within your organization is complex and ever-changing. My greatest joy is empowering you as an adaptive leader to tackle complex problems to build a healthy organizational ecosystem. I have invested over 20 years in growing nonprofit organizations with a focus in higher education,  fundraising, and educational innovation.  I view my work with clients as creating transformative partnerships with the goal of discovering creative solutions together to the real challenges you are facing in your unique context. In my relationships with leaders, I seek to be a genuine and calming presence that walks alongside you as you build a clear pathway toward a vibrant future. 

The work of process consulting is personal and based on building trusting and collaborative relationships. Let's start a conversation to discover together the ways I can support you and your organization.

Ways I Can Help You Grow
as a Leader and Organization:

Strategic Planning and Visioning

Clarifying Your Purpose as a Leader and Organization

A Process Approach to Strategic Planning and Visioning

As a leader, you face the immense challenge of managing the many demands of running an organization with limited time and resources. This reality makes it difficult to work on long-term vision. I can help you and your organization gain renewed clarity of purpose through strategic visioning for the future. The process requires leaders to engage their constituents in new ways and be open to surprises and opportunities. In the end, leaders gain confidence in the direction and purpose of their work and what is required to move forward together.

 

A comprehensive and transformational strategic planning process includes the following: 

  • Creating Clear Vision for the Future
  • Assessing your Current Reality
  • Designing a Pathway Forward

 

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Fundraising and Development

Building Financial Sustainability and Deepening Donor Relationships

A Process Approach to Nonprofit Fundraising and Development

Raising money can be challenging and stressful for leaders and organizations. With seemingly scarce resources and endless need, it feels daunting to build sustainable funding streams to fuel your mission. I can help you build an authentic fundraising movement that deepens donor relationships and capitalizes on the unique strengths of your organization. The process isn’t always easy and requires a willingness for you to face your fears about fundraising. In the end, you will gain a clearer vision for how authentic development efforts can transform your organization and generate the sustained resources to further your mission. For nonprofit organizations, fundraising and development are the lifeblood of ensuring sustainability of the mission for the future.

 

A process approach to walking alongside organizations includes:

  • Designing transformative Annual Fund plans
  • Feasibility Studies to measure donor readiness
  • Launching Comprehensive Campaigns
  • Deepening Donor Relationships

 

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Stakeholder Engagement

Deepening Relationships through Listening and Community Discovery

A Process Approach to Engaging Stakeholders and Discovery

Finding time as a leader today is challenging and often seems to be near impossible. When your time is scarce, the idea of slowing down and listening is stressful. I can help you pause in order to intentionally listen to your stakeholders through a process of discovery. The Discovery process will change your perspective, realign your time and resources, and deepen your relationships with your staff, board, supporters, and community. Listening requires an openness to learning alongside your stakeholders yet produces amazing insights and clarity that can propel your mission toward a vibrant future. The stakeholders of your organization, customers, donors, families, staff, board, or community leaders, are essential partners in advancing your mission.

 

Stakeholder Engagement and Discovery includes:

  • Comprehensive discovery process to assess organizational culture
  • Focus Group and Individual Engagement to gain perspectives
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research for intentional learning

 

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Leadership Coaching

Strengthening the Capacity of Leaders and their Organizations

A process approach to Leadership Coaching and Transitions

Leaders today face immense the immense challenges of complexity of organizational culture, decisions around prioritizing scarce resources, and navigating the loneliness and isolation of leadership. My greatest joy is walking alongside leaders through providing a ministry of presence, engaging in deep listening, asking powerful questions, and helping build an action and accountability process.

 

My personal definition of coaching:

“Coaching is an active partnership walking alongside a client to move them from where they are to where they want to be in a trusted relationship that maximizes their potential, growth, and momentum.”

 

Types of Coaching I offer:

  • Leadership and Executive Coaching - Helping you Navigate Organizational Leadership, I work with C-Suite leaders to help them navigate their greatest challenges, the loneliness and isolation of leadership, and joy of serving inside an organizational system, and the tensions of decision-making.
  • Fundraising and Development Coaching - Helping Fundraising Professionals navigate shifting economic realities, design and implement impactful campaigns, deepen donor relationships at all levels, and lead with a good blend of humility and hopefulness.
  • Transition Coaching - Helping leaders start and end well in a new environment, supporting the onboarding of new leaders within an organizational system, deepening listening and learning skills to unleash curiosity, and clarifying goals in the midst of transition.

 

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Publications & Resources

Vibrant Futures

Blog

What Clients Say About Matt

Matt has been incredible to work with! Matt's process consulting engages organizations and teams in a way that is more holistic and comprehensive than traditional "product consulting" for strategic planning. He elicits feedback from the organization and its constituents, creating a truly comprehensive plan that serves as a living document, rather than collecting dust. I highly recommend Matt for your consulting needs!

Matt clearly understands what motivates people and how to design a strategic planning process which unearths the challenges and the opportunities facing an organization. We are better off because we worked with Matt and are implementing a clear plan to accomplish our goals.

Lauren Van Keulen Daniel Harris
Lauren VanKeulen, Chief Executive Officer @ AYA Youth Collective
Daniel Harris, Director of Operations @ Words of Hope

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