At coLAB, our mission is to help your nonprofit achieve its vision.

What We Do

coLAB, inc. is a Benefit Corporation that believes in data driven decision-making strategies to enhance efficiency, productivity, and collaboration within and between organizations. With a strong focus on vision and mission alignment, collaboration, and community impact, the team at coLAB works to help organizations look at what is possible rather than focusing on what isn’t. This approach empowers organizations to successfully identify and tackle strategic priorities in both a high level and tactical way. We collaborate with  local and national Community Benefit Organizations to help them navigate board dynamics, and we support community benefit leaders to facilitate and guide sound decision-making.

Nonprofit Sustainability Planning

The people you serve need you. Will your organization be there for them next year? Sustainability planning helps ensure the answer is “Yes!”coLAB collaborates with your team to identify the challenges that could prevent your nonprofit from fulfilling its long-­term vision. We’ll work closely with your key stakeholders to create a 360­-degree view that considers everything from human resources to board engagement to financial management. Then we’ll identify the opportunities and priorities with the potential to build your nonprofit’s strength and resilience. The result? You can move forward efficiently and strategically.

Nonprofit Strategic Planning

Whether you need to gain traction, build on momentum, or adapt to a shifting environment, the strategic plan is the road map that ensures your nonprofit meets its mission and fulfills its vision. coLAB will become an extension of your team, building a strategic plan that focuses on opportunity and possibility.
Our nonprofit strategic planning process starts by creating a 360-­degree view of your organization that incorporates feedback from all stakeholders, including the volunteers who sweat in the sun, the board members who hash out policy, and the community members you work tirelessly to serve. coLAB will use that information to facilitate a strategic planning process that supports your mission in an efficient, effective way. We’ll collaborate with board members and key staff, through fun and engaging meetings or retreats, to review feedback, identify mission creep, develop strategic priorities, and create an actionable plan that makes sense.

Fundraising & Development Coaching

Money matters to nonprofits—and fundraising challenges are among the biggest barriers to a nonprofit’s ability to serve its target population. coLAB will help you serve the community by empowering your staff to raise funds. We’ll collaborate to evaluate and pinpoint the most effective fundraising tactics for your organization, from mailed letter campaigns to online crowdfunding campaigns.

  • Fundraising training & coaching

  • Donor development

  • Campaign planning

  • Fundraising event planning

Nonprofit Project Management

Managing a project can be a challenge, especially when an organization is missing critical internal resources. coLAB makes sure your nonprofit projects don’t fall off the radar. Many organizations partner and collaborate with each other to leverage resources, and we’re able to facilitate that process as well. coLAB will identify project needs, create steps to meet those needs, and then follow up to ensure completion.

  • Nonprofit & social enterprise startups

  • Fundraising events

  • Rebranding

  • Information collection to guide decision-making

  • Staff training & development

  • Partnerships between organizations

Meeting Convener

Do your board’s meetings meander? Perhaps you need a third-­party to move the agenda forward? Maybe you lack the resources to convene critical meetings? coLAB delivers a range of convening and facilitating services for nonprofits and collaborative committees. We leverage expertise in group processes and dynamics to guide attendees through productive, efficient meetings. What’s more, we offer experience in consensus building and conflict resolution.

  • Fundraising training & coaching

  • Donor development

  • Campaign planning

  • Fundraising event planning

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Woman of Influence: Bree Gillespie



Woman of Influence: Bree Gillespie

A brief interview with Central Penn Business Journal's Women of Influence Award Winner and coLAB’s very own Director of Special Projects What does it mean to be a community influencer, in your own words? It’s an honor to be selected. I’m happy and humbled. For my children and family, I want this award to demonstrate my definition of motherhood by being someone that gives back...

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