Irv Katz has appeared regularly on The NonProfit Times’ Power & Influence Top 50 for his leadership in the non-profit sector. Drawing on his advanced training at premier universities as well as extensive experience working with non-profits at the local and national levels, Irv offers strategic planning and non-profit management consulting to non-profit organizations, associations, and coalitions. With services ranging from consultations to hands-on guidance and support, Irv specializes in a pragmatic, time-limited, and integrated approach that identifies and launches strategies that are both timely and definitive.
“Strategic planning needs to be much more than a periodic ritual,” says Irv. “It’s an opportunity to set direction for an organization in the context of the marketplace in which it operates and the realities that it and its consumers face.” Irv’s approach is to ensure that this direction unites everything an organization does. Having witnessed many instances where mission, strategy, marketing, branding, resource development, and other critical aspects of an organization exist on parallel paths, Irv advises organizations on how to establish a unifying direction for these and other functions.
Before becoming a consultant, Irv held leadership positions at United Way of America, where he served as VP for Community Impact; at United Way of Central Indiana; at the National Human Services Assembly; and at Concord Center Association, an historic settlement house. Irv has also developed executive leadership programs with Arizona State University, Indiana University, and the University of Notre Dame. He has been quoted in and contributed to multiple print and online publications, including the Impact blog of The Huffington Post. Irv holds a Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in planning and management from Indiana University and has completed advanced training at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and at Harvard Business School.