Helping Nonprofits and NGO's optimize their mission effectiveness through better Governance, Leadership, Management, Planning, Budgeting, Marketing, Fundraising, and Capital Campaigns.
BrightNGOsolutions brings comprehensive experience in all facets of nonprofit leadership and management.
We'll help you with the issues or concerns you have whether it's Executive transition and search, strategic planning, fundraising, capital campaigns, or Board development and governance. Whatever your needs are contact us for a free no obligation discussion.
Why do we do what we do?
Our mission is simple. We just want to help you change the world or at least your corner of it!
Our Principal, Edward Shippen "Ship" Bright, has extensive experience in private business, government, and nonprofit world. He has been a Founder of an award winning science education nonprofit, Board member of community nonprofits, Executive Director for organizations in Maine and Alaska, Development Director for Audubon Alaska, and a Senior Development Officer at Harvard University. He is knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of nonprofit organziations.
Ship has been at the forefront of US cultural diplomacy through his award of two Fulbright Scholarships. Selected by The US State Department and the joint Czech-US Fulbright Commission, he was appointed as Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Charles University and University of Economics, Prague where he taught future European leaders the critical role of the Civil Society Sector in democracies and how to manage them for maximum impact. His second Fulbright will take him to the University of the Bahamas for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Bright has been a featured speaker and workshop leader at numerous domestic and international conferences.
He has a B.A from Bates College, M.B.A. from the University of Southern New Hampshire and an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
- Robert F. Kennedy
BrightNGOsolutions guides a wide variety of nonprofit organizations and philanthropists in advancing their causes. Our goal is to optimize your mission effectiveness and focus. Working with you, we will assist you on strategic planning, organizational structure, governance and management, leadership, budgeting, and marketing. This optimization is a critical element for new and revitalized donor-centric fundraising and Capital Campaigns.
If your organization is going through leadership transition or planning for change we can help you find the right leadership "fit" to take your organization to the next level. We can also provide temporary Executive leadership in the event of reorganization and/or restructuring.
If you, your family, or your organization is considering creating a Foundation to support Philanthropic enterprises we can assist you in the process.
Our clients have been US based as well as international. We bring a global perspective with a commitment to focused impact for your mission.
BrightNGOsolutions works to empower your social entrepreneurial spirit, give you more tools to succeed and instill the confidence to boldly move forward and grow.
"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."
– Theodore Roosevelt
In the United States there are over 1.5 million registered nonprofits. Over 75% of these nonprofits are considered "small to medium" size. BrightNGOsolutions is focused on assisting these nonprofits to help them leverage their resources for maximum effectiveness.
BrightNGOsolutions is passionate about your success.
Your mission is an expression of collective grassoots social will in our democratic society. What you do in the nonprofit/NGO Civil Society sector is a critically important part of a vibrant, functional and engaged democracy. You have seen a need and YOU have decided to do something about it. This is the spirit and soul of America.
BrightNGOsolutions takes your mission seriously and we want you to succeed!
"Americans of all ages, all stations of life, and all types of disposition are forever forming associations...In democratic countries knowledge of how to combine is the mother of all other forms of knowledge; on its progress depends that of all the others....I confess that in America I saw more than America; I sought the image of democracy itself, with its inclinations, its character, its prejudices, and its passions, in order to learn what we have to fear or hope from its progress.”
-Alexis de Tocqueville
As a Board member of a human services nonprofit I have had the privilege to work with Ship in his position as interim Executive Director. Ship brings many skills to his role but he is truly outstanding in team building, setting strategic direction, and helping the organization to focus activities and resources more clearly on its core mission. His contributions have significantly helped shape a new, stronger and more dynamic future for the organization. -T.A., Board member/Finance committee
He is a wealth of knowledge and shares it in a way that can be understood and implemented. I was pleasantly surprised that I did not feel intimidated sharing my renewed concept of how [my organization] might look in the future. His input was straightforward and enlightening giving me the added courage to not give up on what might be possible. Shippen provided action steps along with the important reminder to keep a “sharp focus, especially in the early stages, so you can build a track record of success and then expand. If your Non Profit has been considering bringing in a Consultant, I would highly recommend you give Mr. Shippen Bright a call. He’ll do his very best to help put profit and focus back into your organization. -L.W. Founder, Ageless Dreamer
At the time of Mr. Bright’s work with us, our board was experiencing a transitional phase. This can be a complex time in the development of a non-profit board. Mr. Bright was sensitive to the needs and passions of all Board members, handling delicate subjects with genuine care and understanding, while clearly communicating goals, objectives, and potential action plans. He brought with him a fresh point of view; rekindling our energy and excitement, helping us to set strategies to overcome potential hurdles, and opening up new paths for growth. In the world of NGO advisors there are many knowledgeble non-profit consultants to choose from. Mr. Bright is set apart because he brings a sincere ability to listen and communicate clear direct action plans with compassion and sensitivity in regards to all aspects of a non-profit organization. His genuine personality, passion, and knowledge are apparent from the first handshake, and continue seamlessly throughout his time with your organization. This type of advisor is rare, and any organization smart enough to work with him is lucky indeed.- C.H. Head of School, New Hampshire Charter School