Bob Orser
Boulder, Colorado



The Nonprofit Doctor 1994 to present
Provide consulting services to nonprofit organizations all over the country in the areas of executive director coaching, human resources, fundraising and long-range planning.

Fair Pay Compensation and Benefits Surveys 2002 to 2019
Doing business as Nonprofit Compensation Associates, longtime colleague Rita Haronian and I produced Fair Pay nonprofit organization compensation and benefits surveys for communities across the country. We drew on our combined 75+ years of experience in producing such surveys, starting in 1978 with The Management Center's first Northern California survey.

Surveys completed include:

Northern California  
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Rita and I were co-producers of 11 Northern California nonprofit compensation and benefits surveys.  The most recent is "Fair Pay for Northern California Nonprofits: The 2019 Compensation & Benefits Survey", with 614 participating nonprofit organizations, reporting on over 33,000 jobs.  This 2019 edition is the largest and most robust in the survey's 41-year history and the 7th year in a row the survey broke its own participant record!

Southwest Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh area)    
Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management, Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh  
2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2017

Central Florida (Orlando area)
Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College
2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017

Jacksonville & Northeast Florida
Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida

VisionServe Alliance, St. Louis
2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018

Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and adjoining communities
TSNE MissionWorks, Boston
2010, 2014, 2017

Napa Valley Coalition of Nonprofit Agencies 2006 to 2009
Executive Director of this association that strengthened and supported its more than 60 collaborative nonprofit members in the fulfillment of their health and human services missions in the Napa Valley.

The Conference Doctor 1994 to 2005
As The Conference Doctor and dressed in my doctor's garb, I provided hundreds of executive directors at nonprofit conferences with confidential, one-on-one counseling to address their management, fundraising and career concerns and questions. From 1994 to 2005, I was The Conference Doctor at more than 50 nonprofit conferences in 14 states.

The Many Hats of An Executive Director: What Nobody Told You Before You Took the Job! Workshop 1998 to 2006
A meaningful, insightful and sometimes lighthearted workshop for newer (less than five years on the job) executive directors of nonprofit organizations. I presented the HATS! workshop more than 30 times in communities across the country.

How to Keep Going and Going and Going... Or Not! A Clinic for Seasoned Executive Directors 2001 to 2006
A spin-off of the HATS! workshop, this clinic was an antidote for those among us suffering from the early stages of "Executivedirectoritis", an affliction that commonly attacks nonprofit executive directors who have been in their positions for five years or more. I presented the Going... Going Clinic more than twenty times in communities across the country.

Consultants United 1998 to 2005
Co-founder of this small, informal national network of Independent consultants who were connected for mutual learning and support.

Camp Goodwork 2003 to 2004
Co-founder and co-director of this two-day learning and networking get-together for independent consultants who serve nonprofit organizations. The first of its kind, Camp Goodwork convened November 16th-18th, 2003 at the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, Arizona (near Phoenix) and October 10-12, 2004 in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Management Center 1977 to 1994
Co-founder and Executive Director of The Management Center, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that helped Northern California nonprofit organizations manage better. Responsible for overall program services and products, financial development and public relations. Supervised a staff of thirteen and managed an annual budget of $500,000, including gifts and grants from more than 30 foundations and corporations.

Helped develop:

•  Opportunity NOCs, a weekly listing of Northern California nonprofit agency job openings, with a circulation of 9,000 and sister publications in Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Boston and Philadelphia
•  The annual Wage and Benefit Survey of Northern California Nonprofit Organizations, replicated in a number of other communities across the country
•  The annual Award for Excellence (for nonprofit agency management), co-sponsored by Chevron USA
•  Executive Exchange, a quarterly support group for Bay Area executive directors
•  The Board Faire, periodic meetings of corporate executives and nonprofit agencies who would benefit from their Board service
•  TempExecs, an interim executive director service
•  The "Giving Something Back" Award for Board Leadership, co-sponsored with the Bank of California

Assisted individual agencies in analyzing their management problems

Provided specific assistance to executive directors and boards of directors in program planning, financial development planning and conflict resolution

Planned and coordinated management training programs for the volunteer and professional leadership of nonprofit organizations.

The Support Centers of America 1973 to 1977
Co-founder and President of this national nonprofit organization that provided management support and training to other nonprofit organizations. As President, shared responsibility with the Executive Director for the overall program and supervision of a staff of fourteen. Responsible for all financial development and public relations. Over a period of four years, co-managed over $400,000 in funding from fifty foundations, corporations and government agencies. Founded and directed the Support Center's San Francisco Office (now Compasspoint Nonprofit Services).

GYST Associates 1972 to 1973
Founder and President of GYST Associates, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. that assisted other nonprofit organizations with financial development.

Academy for Educational Development 1970 to 1972
As Research Associate for this nonprofit educational research and planning organization based in Washington, D.C., wrote and edited reports, books, and handbooks; consulted with other educational organizations; assisted U.S. Agency for International Development in developing plans to utilize educational technology in developing countries.

Northern Virginia Community College 1969 to 1970
Instructor of History, Annandale, Virginia

Pikeville College 1967 to 1969
Instructor of History, Pikeville, Kentucky


1969, M.A., American History, The College of William and Mary
1966, B.A., History, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia