Pro Bono Presentations for Certain Not-For-Profit Organizations

Sharing My Dream and Asking for Your Help

In 1984 I wrote down this purpose for my career: to help other people achieve what they want to achieve. Over the past 30 years that purpose has evolved to working with people to increase their effectiveness and significance.

I have tried to fulfill that purpose by learning and explaining practical ideas that other people can consider using toward achieving their desired outcomes. I’ve taught these ideas to people in more than two hundred corporations. When I do that, I charge for my work.

Since 1998 I have also been asked many times to speak pro bono, which is a fancy Latin term meaning for free, to certain types of not-for-profit organizations: ones with a great mission and little or no money for professional development. I’ve always said yes. This included American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Deaconess Foundation, and Incarnate Word Foundation.

Now, in addition to continuing my work with corporations, I am actively looking to teach these ideas for FREE to these types of not-for-profit organizations. I have created a comprehensive framework for improving individual, group, and organizational performance and results that I call The Any Person Mindset. You can see this framework by clicking here. I am offering to teach and/or facilitate FREE sessions related to any aspect of The Any Person Mindset to these not-for-profit organizations.

I think people who are driven primarily by a mission that is not paying them a lot of money could benefit from these ideas on a pro bono basis. I want to focus on not-for-profit organizations and mission-centered organizations and religious organizations that are mission-driven.

I’m looking to help for free groups that really want to make a difference in the world and who could benefit from practical ideas that could help them to make the significant difference that they want to make and who don’t have the resources to invest in this type of practical personal, group, and organizational development.

Here’s How I Will Teach The Any Person Mindset for Free

Essentially, I will teach on a pro bono basis The Any Person Mindset to the type of not-for-profit organizations I’ve described. I will research the group before I speak to them, and customize my remarks and exercises to their specific situation. I’m willing to travel to their organization. I will only charge for my travel expenses if the location is more than five hours driving distance from St. Louis, and I will keep my travel expenses as low as I can.

Soooo, if you know of a group in the type of not-for-profit organization I’ve described above who could benefit from learning The Any Person Mindset, please feel free to have them email me at Have them put “Dan Coughlin Pro Bono Work” in the subject line. Or they can call me at 314/614-8622. I will reach back to the person and explain how I will teach these ideas on how to improve individual, group, and organizational performance.

Here are testimonials on my pro bono work for not-for-profit organizations:

From the American Cancer Society:

“Dan, I want to thank you again for your compelling presentation ‘Accelerate Your Impact as a Leader’ at the American Cancer Society Corporate Impact Conference. I continue to use and re-use the information and material to improve my leadership capabilities. The Conference Planning Committee, as well as my many colleagues at the session, agreed that your practical advice, along with the Leadership Action Guide, hit the mark. As leaders, one of our primary roles is to have an impact on how other people think, and you provided excellent insight and actions to help us make that happen. After the session, many participants talked about the various styles you presented, and how this will help them tremendously in the future. Your passion on this topic, the pre-work you did in getting to know the audience, and your partnering with us along the way, are only some of the reasons for your success. We definitely walked away with a new enthusiasm in our roles as leaders. Thank you.”

– Marla Langenhorst, Director, Ameren, and Planning Committee Member American Cancer Society Corporate Impact Conference

From Beyond Networking, which is an organization that helps business people who are between jobs to find their next job:

“Dan, I know that you have thanked us for the speaking engagement opportunity — however — we do not know where to start in THANKING YOU for your fantastic and extremely interactive presentation at Beyond Networking. Clearly that presentation and workshop could have been for your corporate clients, and it was most generous of you to provide it to our membership pro bono simply out of your wish to pay forward and give to others.”

From Mission: St. Louis, which is an organization focused on breaking the poverty cycle:

“Dan did a half-day conference for our Nonprofit and we are still talking about the results months after the workshop. The staff enjoyed learning more about themselves and what makes their teammates tick. He challenged us to see everyday things differently, and we all left with a 100 day challenge and a clearer perspective on how we can work effectively as a team to accomplish the goals of our organization.”

–          Andy Hansen, Sr. VP of Operations, Mission: St. Louis

From Viva Brasil St. Louis, an organization dedicated to spreading the Brazilian culture in the St. Louis region:

“Dear Dan, Viva Brasil STL has benefitted immensely from the “Branding and Leadership” seminar you provided us. There is no better way to serve your own community than providing the community with the necessary information to make it grow. Your Pro Bono work is a great way of demonstrating your point that an organization’s brand is made up of the Values and Value it brings to the community. This was one of many great points you explained and demonstrated during the presentation.
The information presented was appropriated and carefully planned to meet our needs. The many examples and personal experiences presented helped us to better understand the material presented. Since the seminar, here are a few things I have been focusing on:

Understand how others see Viva Brasil.
The importance of doing Less and being an expert in what you do.
Viva Brasil Brand: we have to continually feed the Trust and Creditability we worked so hard to create. Let’s make our customers have an exceptional experience every time they are with us.
Get it a clear picture: Where we are and what we want to be.

You closed with a golden key when you were able to listen and capture the variety of experiences and views about Viva Brasil represented in the meeting and identified that “Viva Brasil STL is the place that brings Brazil to life in St. Louis. You will feel like you’re in Brazil without ever leaving St. Louis.“

We really appreciate your generosity to donate and share your knowledge with us. I would definitely recommend your seminars to all organizations and we would love to have you back and speak to us again.”
Carolina Holtmeyer, President, Viva Brasil STL

“Dan Coughlin was instrumental for the Viva Brasil St Louis Board to rethink its strategies for medium and long term success. We were an organization that was committing resources to too many initiatives. And through the workshop with Dan we could clearly see that our strategy was not helping our organization. We decided to focus on a few key initiatives per year, the ones that are more relevant to the mission of the organization. Dan provided excellent guidance, great insights, and motivated us to have very productive discussions to reformulate our mission, vision and goal statements.”

–          Mauricio Gobbo, Viva Brasil STL Board Member