WE ARE COMMITTED TO
HELPING YOU MAXIMIZE MISSION IMPACT.

What we do

Nonprofit Sector Strategies is committed to helping nonprofit organizations maximize mission impact.

We do this in three key ways:

  • Board Portal Product. Our signature application, BellesBoard, saves nonprofit leaders and board members time (and money!) by securing governance related meeting information, metrics and tasks in one place
  • Strategic Planning. Whether you are starting from scratch or updating an existing plan we can help guide you and your team through the process to ensure overall organizational growth and fiscal health.
  • Continuous Improvement Plan. We create custom plans that include a mixture of services and supports for small and medium sized nonprofit organizations

We are a public benefit corporation – proud to be part of a network of like-minded socially responsible companies – dedicated to meeting higher standards of purpose and accountability.

Our ultimate objective is to provide cost-effective products and services that help nonprofit organizations define, achieve and exceed mission-driven metrics and overall social impact.

Who We Are

Christine Deska

President &
Co-Founder

Christine brings more than a decade of in-depth experience working in, and with, nonprofit organizations, foundations and the government.

At the Columbus Citizens Foundation, Christine was Director of Programs from 2014 to 2016 managing a budget of $2.8M. As a result of her efforts, in just two years, program funding grew by 50%, scholarship applications increased by 38% and 30% more scholarships were awarded.

While at AARP from 2006 to 2014, she led initiatives around older adult hunger, financial security and volunteer management, often serving as a media spokesperson. Christine created several scalable models at AARP including a successful member discount & engagement model that resulted in a $5M value for community partners and 500 million media impressions for AARP NY.

Christine sits on the board of Hunger Solutions New York, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the alleviation of hunger throughout New York State.

Christine received a BA in Communications from Manhattan College and an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College.

Frank Orzo

Vice President
& Co-Founder

Frank has worked as an IT Professional and software company executive for more than four decades.

In 1984, he founded Lawtrac which was the first PC-based software product focused on assisting in-house law departments manage litigation, contracts and legal expenses. Frank sold Lawtrac to a private-equity firm in 2013. At the time of the sale of his company, Lawtrac was used by over 100 major corporations in 22 countries around the world.

In 2014, he founded Orzo & Associates in order to assist companies to improve the use of their existing technology.

Frank is chairman of the board of Holy Cross High School in Flushing, NY and is a member of the scholarship committee of the Columbus Citizens Foundation in New York.

Frank received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pace University.

Susanne Barriteau

Manager, Strategic Relationships

Susanne is a dynamic and motivated professional with a proven record of results-driven leadership, client relationship building, project management, and a diverse technical acumen. She has spent the last fifteen years in management roles providing world class support to Fortune 1000 corporations.

She is experienced in enhancing organizational integrity, viability, sustainability, and growth. She served as a member of the executive leadership team at LT Online Corporation, making a significant impact on the continued development of their legal matter management software while building a solid client support organization as well as managing their local and cloud based IT infrastructures. Susanne was an integral part of helping the company experience an 230% increase in revenue. Susanne’s efforts were directly responsible for the company achieving a year-to-year customer retention rate in excess of 92%.

Jeff Mendelsohn

Leader, BellesBoard Development Team

Jeff began his software development career in 1999. He started by building websites and then evolved into application development.

Jeff’s is a talented software developer who specializes in building clean and intuitive applications. He is skilled at listening to a customer’s requirements and translating those needs into a software product that is both functionally rich and inviting to use.

Jeff has served as the head of software development for the BellesBoard application since July 2017.

Prior to that Jeff was a senior web-based application developer for a nationwide provider of software for in-house law departments.

Jeff believes that the primary benefit of a web-based portal is to provide 24/7 access to stakeholders.in an intuitive manner.

Jeff received a degree in Web Design from Davis Business College in 2004.

Testimonials

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“It is my honor to provide a testimonial for Nonprofit Sector Strategies. The Viscardi Center (TVC) retained NSS to facilitate our strategic planning process, provide expertise around data analytics, and develop a new strategic plan for our organization. This work was completed by NSS principals, Christine Deska and Frank Orzo.

Christine and Frank exceeded our expectations at every stage of the project. They were consistent in their approach, fully engaged in the effort, and guided our Strategic Planning Committee volunteers and executive team through a rigorous and rewarding process. In addition, they created a positive engagement experience for all 42 of our board members, which resulted in the board’s overwhelming approval of the plan.

When needed, they brought creativity to the project. This was best demonstrated by helping the team define TVC’s five- and ten-year goals – as well as a long-term approach to calculate TVC’s Social Return on Investment (SROI).

Christine and Frank ensured that we hit our goal in developing the most effective and comprehensive strategic plan for TVC. I wholeheartedly recommend them to any organization looking for top notch expertise to improve its strategic planning process. We were so impressed with their work that we have already engaged them in a follow-up project.”

–  JOHN D. KEMP, President & Chief Executive Officer, The Viscardi Center

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“After just three months of usage, BellesBoard has already made a big improvement in the effectiveness of our board.

Having a central repository of all board related information makes it fast and convenient for board members to find information when needed. It is very intuitive and easy to use, especially for some board members who are technologically challenged.

I now know who is attending meetings without having to ask someone or field calls from others about the date of the next meeting.

It’s like having a file cabinet at my fingertips, whether at my desk or on mobile phone.”

– SUSAN CUOCCIO, Anchor Program Fund

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“Through our work with NSS, we saw a significant increase in our online presence  — specifically a 75% increase in the number of unique visitors to our website, which also resulted in many new clients.

NSS put together a comprehensive digital strategy including the following key components: 1) A lead generation platform, 2) A high-visibility online profile, and 3) Engaging, consistent Facebook and web content. Ms. Deska was always readily available to help us, and answered any questions we had throughout the process. It was a pleasure speaking to her about how to promote my organization. I am very appreciative for her dedication to us.

We enjoyed working with the NSS team and highly recommend their services!”

– DAVID SCILLIERI, Attorney, Legal Services Organization

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“Cooley’s Anemia Foundation endorses BellesBoard wholeheartedly. Utilizing this platform enables us to more effectively communicate with our Board members and our various Board committees. By placing all relevant materials in one easily accessible yet secure location, board members are able to locate relevant materials with ease. Tracking attendance is a breeze, as is distributing support materials.

“The BellesBoard staff is friendly, expert and responsive; we always feel that our suggestions are being heard and those that are do-able are implemented in a timely fashion.”

– CRAIG BUTLER, Cooley’s Anemia Foundation

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“The Book Fairies would like to thank Nonprofit Sector Strategies for its guidance in completing its first ever SWOT analysis. The board was thrilled with the way Christine Deska and Frank Orzo were able to guide us through the process. We know that when you have many opinions and personalities in a room, it really helps to have an outside company lead the way.

Christine and Frank’s range of experience in working with nonprofits was evident in the way they helped us navigate the SWOT analysis. Plus, their easy demeanor helped diffuse tension and keep us focused on the task at hand.

We have since been able to use the SWOT analysis to create both board and agency goals. This gives us a jump start on our strategic plan by creating a framework of our strengths and weaknesses.

The Book Fairies has a clearer vision because of our work with Nonprofit Sector Strategies. We will definitely call on you again when we reach the next level of the nonprofit.”

– AMY ZASLANSKY, Founder, The Book Fairies

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“[After hearing Christine Deska speak at a seminar on the topic of measuring social impact], I learned about the importance of visually sharing my organization’s Social Return on Investment (SROI)!

Our infographic has proven to be tremendously useful and a document I now bring with me to every single corporate, civic and legislative outreach effort I make.”

– LINDA BERMAN, Director of Development, The Corporate Source

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“The principals at Nonprofit Sector Strategies played a key role in the success of our organization’s primary fundraising event – the annual free philharmonic concert in the park featuring the Long Island Concert Orchestra.

Specifically, Nonprofit Sector Strategies performed a pre-event review of our concert plans. As a result of their recommendations, we increased the number of potential new supporters of the Islip Arts Council by 200%.

They provided quality service in a timely manner. I highly recommend their services.”

– LYNDA MORAN, Executive Director, The Islip Arts Council

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“The NSS team was instrumental in preparing us to rebrand, improve our marketing efforts and refresh our website and web content.

They walked us through a comprehensive branding roadmap, facilitating an important discussion about brand elements. They led a nonprofit marketing training that helped us assess current efforts and identify new community outreach opportunities. Last, they provided us with updated web content so that we’re ready to go once a developer is chosen.

NSS provided quality service and completed all agreed-upon deliverables. It was fun working with Christine and Frank and I highly recommend them!”

– ERICA BRADLEY, Executive Director, PATV

testimonials

  • "[After hearing Christine Deska speak at a seminar on the topic of measuring social impact], I learned about the importance of visually sharing my organization's Social Return on Investment (SROI)!

    Our infographic has proven to be tremendously useful and a document I now bring with me to every single corporate, civic and legislative outreach effort I make."

    Linda Berman Director of Development, The Corporate Source
  • "The principals at Nonprofit Sector Strategies played a key role in the success of our organization's primary fundraising event - the annual free philharmonic concert in the park featuring the Long Island Concert Orchestra.

    Specifically, Nonprofit Sector Strategies performed a pre-event review of our concert plans. As a result of their recommendations, we increased the number of potential new supporters of the Islip Arts Council by 200%.

    They provided quality service in a timely manner. I highly recommend their services."

    Lynda Moran Executive Director, The Islip Arts Council
  • "The NSS team was instrumental in preparing us to rebrand, improve our marketing efforts and refresh our website and web content.

    They walked us through a comprehensive branding roadmap, facilitating an important discussion about brand elements. They led a nonprofit marketing training that helped us assess current efforts and identify new community outreach opportunities. Last, they provided us with updated web content so that we're ready to go once a developer is chosen.

    NSS provided quality service and completed all agreed-upon deliverables. It was fun working with Christine and Frank and I highly recommend them!"

    Erica Bradley Executive Director, PATV
  • “After just three months of usage, BellesBoard has already made a big improvement in the effectiveness of our board.

    Having a central repository of all board related information makes it fast and convenient for board members to find information when needed. It is very intuitive and easy to use, especially for some board members who are technologically challenged.

    I now know who is attending meetings without having to ask someone or field calls from others about the date of the next meeting.

    It’s like having a file cabinet at my fingertips, whether at my desk or on mobile phone.”

    Susan Cuoccio Anchor Program Fund
  • “Through our work with NSS, we saw a significant increase in our online presence  -- specifically a 75% increase in the number of unique visitors to our website, which also resulted in many new clients.

    NSS put together a comprehensive digital strategy including the following key components: 1) A lead generation platform, 2) A high-visibility online profile, and 3) Engaging, consistent Facebook and web content. Ms. Deska was always readily available to help us, and answered any questions we had throughout the process. It was a pleasure speaking to her about how to promote my organization. I am very appreciative for her dedication to us.

    We enjoyed working with the NSS team and highly recommend their services!"

    David Scillieri Attorney, Legal Services Organization
  • “Cooley’s Anemia Foundation endorses BellesBoard wholeheartedly. Utilizing this platform enables us to more effectively communicate with our Board member and our various Board committees. By placing all relevant materials in one easily accessible yet secure location, board members are able to locate relevant materials with ease. Tracking attendance is a breeze, as is distributing support materials.

    “The BellesBoard staff is friendly, expert and responsive; we always feel that our suggestions are being heard and those that are do-able are implemented in a timely fashion.”

    Craig Butler Cooley's Anemia Foundation
  •  

    The Book Fairies would like to thank Nonprofit Sector Strategies for its guidance in completing its first ever SWOT analysis. The board was thrilled with the way Christine Deska and Frank Orzo were able to guide us through the process. We know that when you have many opinions and personalities in a room, it really helps to have an outside company lead the way.

    Christine and Frank’s range of experience in working with nonprofits was evident in the way they helped us navigate the SWOT analysis. Plus, their easy demeanor helped diffuse tension and keep us focused on the task at hand.

    We have since been able to use the SWOT analysis to create both board and agency goals. This gives us a jump start on our strategic plan by creating a framework of our strengths and weaknesses.

    The Book Fairies has a clearer vision because of our work with Nonprofit Sector Strategies. We will definitely call on you again when we reach the next level of the nonprofit.

    Amy Zaslansky Founder, The Book Fairies
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