About Agile in Nonprofits

Agile in Nonprofits strives to support nonprofit organizations that are looking to achieve greater impact in their communities faster than they ever have before. Led by Certified Product Owner and Certified Scrum Master, Diane H. Leonard, GPC, LSM, LSPO, the Agile in Nonprofits team support nonprofits through training and coaching to assist in each organizations’ agile transformation.

Agile in Nonprofits, started in 2018, is a product of DH Leonard Consulting.

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Licensed Scrum Master

We offer 2-day in-person public and private Licensed Scrum Master Training

Licensed Scrum Product Owner

We offer 2-day in-person public and private Licensed Scrum Product Owner Training


We offer guidance and support to help you with your organization's Agile transformation


We offer pre-recorded webinars to help you learn how Scrum can help your nonprofit. We can also work with you on scheduling a live webinar or in person training.

Meet the Trainer

Diane H. Leonard, GPC, LSPO, LSM is a Licensed Scrum Master and Licensed Scrum Product Owner through Scrum Inc. Diane is also a Grant Professional Certified (GPC) and Approved Trainer of the Grant Professionals Association. 

Diane’s passion for building capacity in nonprofit organizations is the link between her early career work  as a grantmaker and now as a nonprofit consultant. Diane and her team at DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services have secured more than $61.6 million dollars since 2006 in competitive grant awards for their clients. The team began utilizing the Scrum framework in 2016 both to run their own teams, and also to help their nonprofit clients improve their grant seeking processes and overall operations efficiency. As a result of adopting Scrum, the daily operations and efficiency of the DH Leonard Consulting team has significantly improved and more importantly, their nonprofit clients that are engaged in the Scrum framework have seen an increase in their success percentage for applications as well as overall dollars awarded.

When not working with her team on improving the capacity of nonprofit organizations, Diane can be found in the 1000 Islands, out for a run, or drinking a strong cup of coffee.

Frequently Asked Questions

Scrum is a uniform approach to doing work, assigning work in teams, and iterating work successfully during a long period of time. Scrum is an Agile framework.

One of the best places to start if you are interested in learning about Scrum is to read the book by Jeff Sutherland and JJ Sutherland, Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time. This book outlines the background of scrum and provides you with the basic concepts you will be implementing in your organization. You can also start by downloading and reading The Scrum Guide which is available at no charge at: Scrum Alliance

You don’t detail all the work, but you size it. Then if your team has a velocity, you can estimate how many sprints it will take to complete. If you don’t have a velocity, you won’t know until you start. So in this case, don’t over plan, but rather, get started as quickly as possible.

Ideally, a person should only be on one team at a time. The projects they are part of should prioritized and they should focus on completing one at a time.

You should focus on defining smaller slices aligned with your workflow versus layers. Layers are a distinct element of your product or service. For example, a draft of an entire grant application is a slice, but a layer is a fully drafted and edited section of a grant application.

First look

Diane H. Leonard and Jackie Nagel talking about the new exciting roll out of Agile in Nonprofits and how we use it in our daily teamwork!

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This was everything I needed and more. So many webinars end up actually only being for one level of knowledge, and the presenter did a great job of catering to people within different types of organizations and with different types of teams. As someone who has worked with several nonprofits who have issues with silos and processes and procedure refinement, this proved to be an interesting new look for me at ways we could improve the way we work as a team.

How to Use and Agile Framework in Grants

My nonprofit is small so I wear many of the hats of the roles discussed but this SCRUM approach to completing grants will help me better organize all that is needed and hopefully keep me from burning the midnight oil to meet deadlines. Thank you!

How to Use and Agile Framework in Grants

Simply amazing. I am hopeful I can implement SCRUM in my workplace.

How to Use and Agile Framework in Grants

She was great. I view a lot of webinars that are only ok, and she is a fantastic presenter. Very intelligent, and got me excited about a whole new set of professional goals around scrum/agile. Love it.

How to Use and Agile Framework in Grants