The Lifecycles model is unique in that it provides nonprofits specific guidance regardless of their size, age or area of expertise. You, too, can benefit from this broad reach. You can find one or two more specific areas in which you can specialize and know that there will be nonprofits at that stage needing your support.

Consultants, looking for ways to engage?


Read Part 1 Nonprofit Lifecycles to see which lifecycle stage best matches your consulting “fit.”

Not sure what “capacity-consulting” is? Read Chapter 11: Nonprofit Lifecycles to understand principles of nonprofit capacity.

Working with nonprofit founders? See our Resources for two articles on the founding experience.

Learn more about the Institute by attending a Lifecycles Meet Up


Join our community by becoming a member and dive deeper into Lifecycles with our Lifecycles Learning Circles.

Want to be a Lifecycles Capacity Consultant? Register for our next Introduction to Lifecycles Consulting Workshop.

Engage with Lifecycles on Facebook, Instagram, and Linkedin. Share your stories.


Meet our current Certified Lifecycles Capacity Consultants.

Looking for ongoing development? Join us at an upcoming event.

Connect with NLI to identify the best way to bring Lifecycles into your community.

Capacity Ecosystem

We cultivate an ecosystem of healthy, dynamic, and collaborative nonprofit organizations, funders, and consultants providing the guidance and structure for nonprofits to realize their missions with clarity and sustainability.


Stage-based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity
By Susan Kenny Stevens Ph.D.