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Management advisory service

Pro Bono Consulting for Not-For-Profit Organizations Across Canada

We have helped a lot of organizations over the past 30 years. Here are a few examples…

What we do

Helping Not-For-Profits Work Better, so they can Help More

Management Advisory Service (MAS) recruits and supports current and former business, public and not-for-profit sector executives and professionals to provide pro bono consulting services for charities and not-for-profit organizations who come to us for help.

We offer free consulting in the following areas: strategic planning, board governance, facilitation, human resources (including coaching and volunteer management), finance, fundraising, information management and marketing/communications and several others.

Since 1993, 300+ volunteers have helped more than 1,500 Canadian not-for-profit groups do more for their communities by providing free services worth more than $10M.

Our Successes

MAS has been around for more than 25 years now. Take a look at some of the impressive stats that we’ve been able to achieve for our clients.

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More than 3,000
not-for-profit projects

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More than 1,400
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59,000+ hours of pro
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$6M in pro bono
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More than
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Multiple projects for
more than 600 clients

Amazing Results
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95% of clients report
increased capacity

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90% of clients
recommend MAS

Here’s How It Works

Not-For-Profit Organizations

Getting Started

If you haven’t reviewed our services yet, we recommend looking now. Then come back or when you get to the bottom of this page, click on the Get Pro Bono Help button.

All of the information you provide is kept confidential and is only used to help the MAS team get to know your organization and start matching our resources to your needs.

Review and Assessment

The MAS office will contact you to request more specifics about the help you need. We will use this information to match a suitable MAS Volunteer Consultant or team to your project.

Putting the Project Into Action

Your Volunteer Consultant will meet with you to formulate the goals and objectives for your project. Together you will set a timeline, tasks and deliverables.

After the Project is Complete

Once the project is complete, you and the Volunteer Consultant will each fill out a Project Close document outlining what has been achieved and any feedback on the experience you may have. If you are satisfied with the project’s outcome and the work of your Volunteer Consultant, and if you are financially able to do so, we ask that you consider a donation to MAS. While we are a charity ourselves, and our Volunteer Consultants donate both their expertise and their time, your financial support will help cover our operational expenses and increase our ability to help other organizations.


Finding Your Fit

If you haven’t reviewed our practice areas yet, we recommend looking now. Otherwise start the application process by clicking the Join our Volunteer Team button.

Starting the Application

We will ask you to provide your resume, to fill out an application form and a self-assessment form, and to sign our Code of Conduct.


We will then connect you with the Practice Lead in your selected area for an interview. Our goal is to ensure you have the confidence and skill to work fairly independently as a consultant and that we provide you with a good overview of how the project assignment process works and to answer any of your questions. Assuming you’re keen to move ahead there will be a second conversation with our Executive Director to answer your questions and provide some general orientation information.

Welcome to MAS

You will receive emails that summarize Requests for Service submitted by Not-For-Profit clients. You’ll be able to volunteer for any that interest you. The office will connect you to the client and you’ll proceed with them to assess their needs and establish your work plan. Your Practice Lead and our Executive Director are always available to help and there are many resources online that you can choose to use as you implement your project. Volunteer Consultants come together periodically for training and collegial sharing. Reporting into the MAS office is pretty minimal; a short monthly status report and one at the close of your project.

Meet Some of our Volunteer Consultants

Our volunteer consultants are experienced in the not-for-profit sector in a variety of disciplines, and look forward to helping you!

Successful Projects

Client Projects

Here are a few successful projects we are proud to have supported.

Energizing Board Members

A small agency that
serves seniors.

Clearer Messaging for Better Fundraising

A small charity.

Making Solid Strategic Decisions

A medium-sized social
service agency.

Aligning HR Programs with Key Objectives

A medium sized agency.

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Help build a strong not-for-profit community

MAS is an organization that relies on volunteers and donations to support our work. Donate today and help us to do more.

Some of our satisfied clients

Amazing Support

Thank you for the amazing support that you provided us during the past year for our Strategic Planning and Performance Management System.

Kristin Griffith
Executive Director, Harmony Hall

Absolutely Amazing

The ArtHeart Board has approved the strategic plan and is in the process of setting up committees and actually doing the items within the plan — so it's underway. You were absolutely amazing in guiding us through the process.

Seanna Connell
Co-Chair, ArtHeart Community Art Centre

Fantastic Job

MAS has done a fantastic job of facilitating working sessions that have resulted in real agreement and results. I would highly recommend MAS to any agency seeking support for this type of work.

Anne Babcock
COO at WoodGreen