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Jan McGowan started consulting to nonprofits following a successful 17 year career with the organization SOLV.  She and her husband, Executive Director Jack McGowan, grew SOLV from an all-volunteer effort to a staff of over 30.  It became the largest volunteer support organization in the Northwest, involving tens of thousands of people annually.  Please visit www.solv.org.



Partial Client List
 
2014
Luckiamute Watershed Council, Independence, OR
High Desert Food & Farm Alliance, Bend, OR
Wallowa Land Trust, Enterprise, OR
Impact!, Walla Walla, WA
Oregon Adaptive Sports, Bend, OR
Community Council, Walla Walla, WA
Walla Walla Symphony, Walla Walla, WA
Friends and Neighbors of Deschutes Canyon Area, OR
Bend Science Station, Bend, OR
Four Rivers Cultural Center, Ontario, OR

2013-14
Ford Institute for Community Building, Roseburg, OR
The STAR Project, Walla Walla, WA
Kid's Place, Walla Walla, WA

2013

Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, Bend, OR
Oregon Association of Conservation Districts, Salem, OR
Network of Oregon Watershed Councils, Salem, OR
Partnership to End Poverty, Redmond, OR
Black Butte Homeowners Association, Sisters, OR
Sisters Park & Recreation District, Sisters, OR
Helpline, Walla Walla, WA
Confluence Project, Vancouver, WA
Oregon Paleo Lands Institute, Fossil, OR
Central Oregon Symphony, Bend, OR
Oregon Adaptive Sports, Bend, OR
Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Oregon, Bend, OR
The Nature of Words, Bend, OR
Four Rivers Community School, Ontario, OR
Commitment to Community, Walla Walla, WA
Picture Lab, Walla Walla, WA
Big Blue Weekend, Walla Walla, WA
Women's Council of Realtors, Central Oregon Chapter
Sisters Folk Festival, Sisters, OR
The Museum at Warm Springs, Warm Springs, OR
 
2012-2013
Helpline, Walla Walla, WA
Confluence Project, Vancouver, WA
Circle of Friends, Sisters, OR
 
2012
Treasure Valley Children's Relief Nursery, Ontario, OR
Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, Bend, OR
Rising Sun Clubhouse, Walla Walla, WA
The School Foundation, Bend, OR
E-Street Driving School, Walla Walla, WA
High Desert Education Service District, Redmond, OR
Nonprofit Learning Center, Walla Walla Community College
Sisters Folk Festival
, Sisters, OR
Sisters Park & Recreation District, Sisters, OR

2011-2012
Picture Lab, Walla Walla, WA
Discover Your Northwest, Bend, OR

2011
Sisters Folk Festival, Sisters, OR
Sisters Park & Recreation District, Sisters, OR
Trilogy Recovery Community, Walla Walla, WA
NeighborImpact, Bend, OR
Bend Parks & Rec. Dept., Bend, OR
Family Resource Center, Bend, OR
Oregon Paleo Lands Institute, Fossil, OR
Oregon Adaptive Sports, Bend, OR
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central OR, Bend, OR
Catholic Charities Walla Walla, WA
Arts Center Visioning, Sisters, OR


2010-2011
Nonprofit Learning Center, Walla Walla,Community College


2010-2011
Sisters, OR Park & Rec. District
Greenlight Greater Portland, OR
Bethlehem Inn (Homeless Shelter), Bend, OR


2009 - 2010

MountainStar Family Relief Nursery, Bend
The Museum at Warm Springs, OR
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Sisters, OR

2008 - 2009

Kirkman House Museum, Walla Walla, WA
SOLV, Hillsboro, OR
Testimonials


"The facilitator was a great presenter, communicated her material well and clearly had a command of the information she was presenting.  Thank you!

Training Team

Nonprofit Association of Oregon


"Just wanted to say that it was a great retreat and you did a wonderful job!  Our Board of Directors deeply appreciated your insights, listening skills, and ability to keep us on task.  The draft plan reflects your hard work and creative energy to pull all of the ideas together into our Goals, Objectives, and Strategies; an Action Plan; and a Timeline/Progress chart.  You are such a delight to work with!"

Kathy Ketcham, Executive Director

Trilogy Recovery Community, Walla Walla, WA


"Our strategic planning session was THE best session I have ever attended in my years as a board member for various groups.  Although tired by the end, I can safely say that the board was definitely energized by the work we did with you. Thank you so much."

Carol Varga Morgan, Board Member

Picture Lab, Walla Walla, WA


"Jan is a gifted facilitator and strategic thinker.  She worked closely with our staff, board and stakeholders to quickly navigate and help bring about positive and dynamic organizational change and development.  She employs her talents genuinely and unselfishly."

 Gwenn Wysling, Executive Director
Bethlehem Inn, Bend, OR
 

"I want to express my gratitude for your expertise.  You are exceptionally talented and have many gifts.  Your coaching has helped me become more proficient at my job and your oversight of our project has been extremely helpful!"

Lisa Maxwell Burbidge, Executive Director

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Oregon


"Jan's extensive knowledge of nonprofit management combined with her keen facilitation skills were a tremendous gift to us in our planning process."
Bridget Cooke, Executive Director
Adelante Mujeres, Forest Grove, OR

"Jan is the ideal coach; her vision is always on the 'big picture', even as her years of experience have taught her all the important little details!"
Susan Abravanel, former Education Director
SOLV, Hillsboro, OR

"Jan is the consummate nonprofit consultant - she is well-rounded in her skills, excellent at synthesizing and facilitating solutions, and always positive in her approach.  She knows nonprofits frontward and backward, and she knows how to get things done."
Sia Lindstrom, former Executive Director
Vision Action Network, Washington Cnty., OR