About Jan

Jan McGowan  started consulting to nonprofits following a successful 17 year career  with the organization SOLVE.  

She and her husband, Executive Director Jack McGowan, grew SOLVE from an all-volunteer effort to a staff of over  30.  

It became the largest volunteer support organization in the  Northwest, involving tens of thousands of people annually.  

Please visit  www.solveoregon.org

Jan McGowan Nonprofit Consulting is a sole proprietorship started in 2008.

Partial List of Clients

Healthy Beginnings, Bend, OR
Picture Lab, Walla Walla, WA

First Responders International, Sisters, OR
Sisters Coffee, Sisters, OR
The Roundhouse Foundation, Sisters, OR

Central Oregon Disabilities Support Network, Bend, OR
Commute Options, Bend, OR
Full Access, Bend, OR
Green Lents, Portland, OR
Mid-Columbia Council of Governments, The Dalles, OR
Oregon Adaptive Sports, Bend, OR
Picture Lab, Walla Walla, WA
Wellness and Education Board of Central Oregon, Redmond

BendFilm, Bend, OR
Blue Mountain Action Council, Walla Walla, WA
Blue Mountain Humane Society, Walla Walla, WA
La Pine Community Kitchen, La Pine, OR
Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities, Salem, OR
Redmond Area Park and Recreation District
Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, Bend, OR
Walla Walla Symphony, Walla Walla, WA

Blue Mountain Action Council, Walla Walla, WAEcology in Classrooms and Outdoors, Portland, ORBlue Mountain Community Foundation, Walla Walla, WAOregon Council on Developmental Disabilities, Salem, OR
Central Oregon Disabilities Support Network Bend, OR
The Museum at Warm Springs, Warm Springs, ORNonprofit Education Institute, Haley, ID

Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, Bend, OR
Luckiamute Watershed Council, Independence, OR
Friends and Neighbors of Deschutes Canyon Area, OR
Wallowa Land Trust, Enterprise, OR
Oregon Adaptive Sports, Bend, OR
Community Council, Walla Walla, WA
Walla Walla Symphony, Walla Walla, WA 


"The  facilitator was a great presenter, communicated her material well and  clearly had a command of the information she was presenting.  Thank you!

Training Team

Nonprofit Association of Oregon

"Just wanted to say that it was a great retreat and you did a wonderful job!  Our Board of Directors deeply appreciated your insights, listening skills, and ability to keep us on task.  The  draft plan reflects your hard work and creative energy to pull all of  the ideas together into our Goals, Objectives, and Strategies; an Action  Plan; and a Timeline/Progress chart.  You are such a delight to work  with!"

Kathy Ketcham, Executive Director

Trilogy Recovery Community, Walla Walla, WA

"Our  strategic planning session was THE best session I have ever attended in  my years as a board member for various groups.  Although tired by the  end, I can safely say that the board was definitely energized by the  work we did with you. Thank you so much."

Carol Varga Morgan, Board Member

Picture Lab, Walla Walla, WA

"Jan  is a gifted facilitator and strategic thinker.  She worked closely with  our staff, board and stakeholders to quickly navigate and help bring  about positive and dynamic organizational change and development.  She  employs her talents genuinely and unselfishly."

Gwenn Wysling, Executive Director

Bethlehem Inn, Bend, OR 

"I  want to express my gratitude for your expertise.  You are exceptionally  talented and have many gifts.  Your coaching has helped me become more  proficient at my job and your oversight of our project has been  extremely helpful!"

Lisa Maxwell Burbidge, Executive Director

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Oregon

"Jan's  extensive knowledge of nonprofit management combined with her keen  facilitation skills were a tremendous gift to us in our planning  process."
Bridget Cooke, Executive Director
Adelante Mujeres, Forest Grove, OR

"Jan  is the ideal coach; her vision is always on the 'big picture', even as  her years of experience have taught her all the important little  details!"
Susan Abravanel, former Education Director
SOLV, Hillsboro, OR

"Jan  is the consummate nonprofit consultant - she is well-rounded in her  skills, excellent at synthesizing and facilitating solutions, and always  positive in her approach.  She knows nonprofits frontward and backward,  and she knows how to get things done."
Sia Lindstrom, former Executive Director
Vision Action Network, Washington County., OR