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Our Services


Executive Transitions & Interim Leadership 

We work with nonprofits to manage both planned and unexpected changes in organizational leadership. These transitions can be a time of enormous risk and significant opportunity. While staying focused on the mission, we work with our clients to assess organizational effectiveness, foster a culture of open communication and trust, deepen the engagement of the board, build the staff team, and ensure a stable launching pad for new leadership.

We provide guidance in the following areas:

  • Interim executive leadership
  • Executive transitions
  • Succession and scenario planning
  • Board-led CEO/executive director searches


Mergers & Partnerships

Partnerships are becoming increasingly essential as organizations strive to address complex, systemic challenges in our communities. We help nonprofits explore opportunities to deepen their impact and enhance their sustainability through collaboration with others.

We provide guidance in the following areas:

  • Strategic alliances
  • Merger exploration and assessment
  • Merger implementation


Organizational Change  

Change is complicated. For some people it inspires a sense of excitement, and for others it generates resistance. Through genuine engagement of staff, board members, and community stakeholders, we help our clients build momentum for changes that are essential in order for the organization to produce meaningful outcomes. We work with nonprofits to assess capacity, refine strategies, and align staffing, work plans, and resources with the organization’s most critical priorities.

We provide guidance in the following areas:

  • Organizational capacity assessment
  • Organizational restructuring
  • Change management
  • Business planning
  • Strategy formation


Board Development  

We work with nonprofit boards to explore board culture, board structures, board practices, and the nuanced intersections between board and staff leadership. We blend our knowledge of research-based practices and our hands-on experience with more than 100 boards to provide our clients with useful strategies for improving board engagement.

We provide guidance in the following areas:

  • Board assessment
  • Retreat planning and facilitation
  • Policy review and development
  • Governance training


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Theresa VerWey, Board President
Literary Source
Cory brought his firsthand knowledge of executive leadership to advise Literacy Source about the challenges and opportunities inherent in replacing our founding executive director. His insights and guidance helped us make a successful transition. Despite the size of our organization and limited budget, his consultation was thorough, thoughtful, and all-encompassing. He grasped our key concerns quickly and respectfully. What stays ...” Read more
Ann Krumboltz, Executive Director
Brainerd Foundation
I served on a board that hired Cory and his Turnpoint team to help us through a tough and complex challenge. The expertise that Turnpoint deployed was exemplary. In my 35 years of working in the nonprofit community, I have rarely seen such a high level of skill so aptly applied. Cory possesses an organizational mastery, as well as strong ...” Read more
Participant, Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute
University of Washington
Cory was amazing as the lead instructor for the Institute. He understands the key issues and opportunities facing the nonprofit sector, and makes the difficult challenges seem easier to navigate. ...” Read more
Gregg Small, Executive Director
Climate Solutions
I have worked with Turnpoint on several projects over the past several years at Climate Solutions, including strategic planning and personal coaching. Cory is outstanding. He is smart, professional, and a joy to work with. I am a better leader because of my work with Cory, and our organization is much stronger because of his strategic input. ...” Read more
Claudia Stelle, Executive Director
Coyote Central
Cory has an uncanny ability to see each new organization's issues with fresh eyes. He offers insights and recommendations with exceptional clarity, and his efficient use of time made our organizational capacity assessment both effective and economical. He brings fundamental good sense to every issue. ...” Read more
Aaliyah Gupta, Former Board Chair
Cory's intelligence, experience, acuity, and sense of humor made him the perfect Interim Executive Director for Chaya. He led us through our Executive Director transition with great skill and, in the process, helped strengthen our organizational capacity. We value his leadership, his commitment to social change, and the contributions he continues to make to our work. ...” Read more
Jennifer Brandon, Former Executive Director
We hired Cory to design and facilitate our organization’s annual staff-board retreat. We’d grown considerably in the previous year and had arrived at yet another ‘turning point’ in the organization’s life cycle. We needed to design a focused retreat that left everyone feeling that their time was well-spent and gave me, as executive director, clear directives for the coming year. ...” Read more
Dr. Karen A. Johnson, Program Director
Cory has offered considerable insight on governance, board development, and nonprofit leadership principles to many organizations in Thurston County. We are thankful for his contributions in supporting our efforts to increase organizational stability and effectiveness among organizations serving Thurston County youth. ...” Read more
Linda LaMar, Board Chair
Pasado's Safe Haven
Turnpoint has an uncanny knack for providing exactly the level of information for the matter at hand. For us, this has ranged from customized training and fielding strategic questions to offering practical and timely advice on the complicated aspects of running a nonprofit. Cory is highly adept at grasping the nuance behind a situation and providing the keen, relevant insight ...” Read more
Rae Levine, Nonprofit Interim Executive Director and Consultant
Rae Levine Consulting
When I moved my consulting practice to Seattle, Cory was generous with his time and extensive knowledge of the local nonprofit community. I continue to appreciate having the benefit of his vast experience and wisdom. As a colleague, I know I can count on him for clarity, quick-minded focus on what’s important, and thoughtful perspective, with a touch of humor ...” Read more