PatrickPatrick McWhortor, Senior Consultant, is a career nonprofit leader with more than 25 years of experience leading, managing and assisting nonprofits. Patrick co-founded and led for ten years the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits. The Alliance’s mission was to serve, support, protect and promote Arizona’s nonprofit community. Patrick built the organization from the ground up into a $1.3 million enterprise with 8 staff and more than 700 members. He created capacity building programs to help nonprofits raise funds, form and crystallize their business models, launch effective advocacy strategies, develop strategic plans, and maximize effectiveness of their boards. He also a pioneered leadership development program serving more than 60 nonprofit chief executives across Arizona. Patrick served for six years on the board of directors of the National Council of Nonprofits, including two years as Chairman. Through his national leadership, Patrick has a wide network of resources and professionals across the nation.

Patrick’s consulting expertise includes leadership development, team development, strategic planning, board development, advocacy, and financial strategies. In leadership and team development, Patrick uses a variety of tools, including Emergenetics, for which Patrick is a Certified Associate. Emergenetics offers tools to hiring managers to help them find the right fit when hiring a position, tools to teams to help them work more effectively, and tools to leaders to shape their leadership strategies. In the advocacy realm, Patrick is a Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Fellow, and has a long track record of helping organizations be effective in building public support for their causes.

Patrick has been involved in the community in Arizona for more than three decades. He has served on the boards of arts organizations, currently serving on the board of Herberger Theatre. He is a member of the Executive Committee for Arizona Town Hall. Other boards he served with in past years include the Greater Arizona chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Organization for Nonprofit Executives, the Foundation for Legal Services & Education, Kids Voting Arizona, Tempe Little Theatre, and Arizona Students’ Association. Patrick and his wife, a veteran educator, raised three sons in Cave Creek in the northern foothills of metropolitan Phoenix. He enjoys the outdoors, local sports and local dining.

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