About Us

The Dala Consulting Group is guided by the same principles that gave birth to the Swedish Dala Horse: expertise, combined with innovation, to transform resources into instruments of value and joy.  Working with nonprofits, foundations, and their leaders, The Dala Consulting Group provides expertise to help move agendas forward that improve our communities and the world around us.

Let the Dala Consulting Group help you – and your organization – get to the next level in accomplishing your mission:

  • Consulting to expand programmatic efforts, build leadership capacity, expand resources, and facilitate decision making;
  • Training to prepare transformational leaders, develop visionary fundraising strategies, and achieve social change;
  • Coaching nonprofit leaders to assist in achieving specific outcomes.

Karin Anderson, Principal of the Dala Consulting Group, has 30 years’ experience as a leader in the nonprofit arena.  Most recently, she was Executive Director of the Maine Women’s Fund, which made more than $1 million in grants and launched an innovative leadership program for young women during her 12-year tenure.  Leadership development, strategic program initiatives, and effective communications are hallmarks of Karin’s involvement in programs and projects.  She is known for her ability to bring diverse groups together to achieve a common goal, building trust and confidence along the way.

Prior to moving to Maine in 1993, Karin was a consultant in the field of international development, working with nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations to build their organizational and fundraising capacities.  During that time, Karin also organized two international conferences on philanthropy.

Karin has served on many boards, advisory groups, and task forces over the years, often in a leadership role.  She currently serves on boards of the Portland Community Health Center and United Somali Women of Maine, as well as on the advisory boards of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Maine Initiatives, and Community Financial Literacy.

Karin has received numerous awards and recognitions for her contributions to the women’s movement, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector.  Most recently, she received the Liz Crandall Leadership Award from the Maine Women’s Policy Center in 2010.  An avid  moviegoer, she was recognized as the Maine Jewish Film Festival’s Volunteer of the Year in 2005.

The Dala Horse originated hundreds of years ago when woodcutters recycled wood scraps into toys for their children who were housebound during the long Swedish winter.  The horse, a valuable resource in all seasons, proved to be the most popular design.  Today, these beautiful horses continue to be carved and painted by hand.  They are made in a wide range of sizes and colors, and no two are identical.  Many thanks to Claudia Diller for sharing her Dala Horse painting with me.  To learn more about Claudia’s work, visit www.claudiadiller.com.

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