What does it mean when a nonprofit professional, team, or organization says that they are Agile?
To our team at Agile in Nonprofits, it means that they embrace the 4 Agile values that are articulated in the Agile Manifesto.

Agile Manifesto

Individuals and Interactions OVER Processes and Tools

Working Product OVER Comprehensive Documentation

Customer Collaboration OVER Contract Negotiation

Responding to Change OVER Following a Plan

While we don’t ignore or forget about the items on the right, if we say we are Agile, it means that we value items on the left more.
In valuing the items on the left more, our teams and organizations can develop better ways of working as a team and achieve what we KNOW is possible…creating twice the impact in half the time.

*The Agile Manifesto is an internationally accepted set of values and principles. While it originated in software development, we know and have proof of how these same values and principles work in nonprofit and charitable organizations.

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 Scrum Trainer, Product Owner and Scrum Master, Diane H. Leonard, GPC, RST the Agile in Nonprofits team supports 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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We Can Help You With


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

Scrum Master

We offer in-person and web based public and private Registered Scrum Master Credential Training

Registered Product Owner

We offer in-person and web based public and private Registered Scrum Product Owner Credential Training

Coaching & Consulting

We provide affordable coaching and consulting packages that increase the efficiency of your organization and help create maximum impact on your community. To achieve this, we offer in-person and virtual coaching and consulting sessions to nonprofit organizations

Launching Teams

Our team can help your nonprofit launch or expand stable high performing Scrum teams that embody the Scrum values. The team launch support provided by our team is everything you need to launch your organization’s new teams at your nonprofit

Agile Coach in Your Pocket

Agile Coach in Your Pocket is a convenient one time call with a member of our team to help your nonprofit with your Agile and/or Scrum Framework needs

Community of Practice

A community of practice is, in essence, a group of people talking together about a shared goal. Our team offers services such as our Facebook Group, free Office Hours, and Book Club

Meet the Product Owner

Diane H. Leonard, GPC, RST, is a Registered Scrum Trainer, Registered Scrum Master, and Registered Product Owner by Scrum Inc.

Diane is credentialed by the Agile Education Program powered by 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 $80 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.

First look

Diane H. Leonard, Jessica Crowley, and Megan Shane talk about why Agile in Nonprofits was called Agile and not Scrum in Nonprofits. 

Scrum of Scrums Newsletter

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.
Webinar Attendee
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!
Webinar Attendee
I loved the interjections of concepts and practices to show us a number of ways to bring these concepts back to our teams
Scrum Master Attendee
Scrum has been a game-changer for Encore. This is an amazing opportunity to discover the difference it can make for your organization. Thanks to DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services, LLC for introducing us to the concept and encouraging our implementation efforts!
Shelly Loethen
Scrum Master Attendee
Simply amazing. I am hopeful I can implement SCRUM in my workplace.
Webinar Attendee
Diane offered flexibility and Sympathy to our unique organization
Scrum Master Attendee
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.
Webinar Attendee