Bethany uses her nonprofit leadership experience to keep day-to-day operations steady and moving forward during a time of uncertainty and change. Leadership transitions can create anxiety for the staff, cause more work for the board as they search for their next leader, and raise concern with your funders. Bethany uses her acquired skills and knowledge of nonprofits to provide extra support to the board of directors, manage the staff, evaluate the systems in place, and provide essential financial oversight. With strong leadership, your nonprofit can stay focused on the mission and those you serve all while helping set the next leader up for success.

Prior to becoming a consultant, Bethany served for many years as an executive director for nonprofits. Most recently, she led the Returning Veterans Project (RVP), a nonprofit that connects veterans and families to cost-free mental health services in Oregon and Washington.Under her leadership, RVP doubled annual foundation grant support, improved individual donations from 10% to 35% of total revenue, and expanded cash reserves by 500%. In addition to improving RVP’s financial health, Bethany advanced RVP’s ability to connect over 3,600veterans and families to timely, life-saving health services when they needed it most. Bethany led the way for RVP to replace an outdated website, implement a more dynamic CRM, pioneer a new communication strategy to bolster fundraising, and redesign the continuing education program to benefit the volunteers.

Bethany also led the Oregon Patient Safety Commission (OPSC) from 2010 – 2016. Under her leadership, OPSC grew from an annual budget of $450,000 to $2,900,000. She strengthened sustainable funding sources and built new patient safety programs in Oregon. In 2014, Bethany worked with the Oregon legislature to ensure that OPSC was selected to implement a new law,Early Discussion and Resolution (EDR), a cutting-edge model that advocates for healthcare organizations to disclose harm as early as possible to patients and families after a serious adverse event. EDR has gained national attention and was an important step forward for patient safety in Oregon.

Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Bethany worked for nearly two decades in large health care organizations to improve clinical quality and build more reliable care delivery systems.

Bethany is also passionate about helping nonprofits strengthen their fundraising so they can maximize their impact to benefit the community and improve the lives of those they serve. In addition to supporting nonprofits as an interim executive director, Bethany specializes in development planning, grant prospecting and proposal writing, and designing fundraising campaigns.

Bethany Walmsley