James Stoynoff



James Stoynoff

Mentor, Helping businesses and nonprofit organizations excel at mission

Services I Provide To Nonprofits:

With expertise in business strategies, solution design and implementation, nonprofit organizations that hire me typically need assistance:

  •      Securing funding for operations or program related investment (PRI)
  •      Creating a social enterprise as an additional source of revenue
  •      Developing and executing strategic plans
  •      Getting staff aligned on key issues effecting performance.
  •      Achieving consensus with their board and other stakeholders.

How I Add Value ….

Assess the organization’s condition in key areas of importance to funders and improve performance, for example:

  •      Differentiation, scalability, brand awareness
  •      Capital Structure: cash position, assets, liquidity
  •      Leadership, strategic planning
  •      Systems/Processes: tracking key performance drivers, reporting, taking action
  •      Identifying and measuring SROI (social return on investment)
  •      Improving and measuring key performance indicators to boost ROI
  •      Fostering and sustaining board engagement/enthusiasm

Remediate obstacles to achieving performance goals

Identify potentially viable social enterprise ventures that are consistent with the organization’s mission, and feasible relative to available resources. Develop strategies and tactical plan to successfully launch and sustain the enterprise

Engage management and teams to achieve consensus on key issues to maximize results.

Develop reporting structures that clearly and concisely articulate performance, strategies, proposed initiatives and their value to the organization



Synthesis Solutions, LLC                                                                                  2002-Present

Multi-disciplinary management advisory practice providing services to small businesses, private equity firms and non-profits


Damian Services Corp, Chicago, IL                                                                  1981 – 2002

Providing financing and business process outsourcing to temporary staffing firms


ACA International, Chicago, IL                                                                         1974 – 1981

Temporary technical personnel services company providing contract staffing to aerospace, electronics, nuclear, petro-chem and food industry clients across the US and Canada.

Partner /Vice President


NEA, National Endowment for the Arts                                                       2015-Present

Member of nominee review committee for National Heritage Fellowship Awards and Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works Grant Awards

Axelson Center for Non Profit Management                                              2012- Present

Member of nominee review committee for the Annual Alford-Axelson Award for Non Profit Managerial Excellence

Entrepreneurs Lab                                                                                         2010 – Present

Created this 10 week class designed to provide business and entrepreneur training to individuals interested in starting a business. It has been taught at De Paul University and also adapted to the needs of ex-offenders and veterans who aspire to entrepreneurship.



Social Enterprise for Job Creation

Role: Advisor for the design and launch of a social enterprise providing social media services b to b Niles, IL

Agency Providing Supports to the Disabled, Chicago, IL

Role: Advisor for the design and launch of multiple social enterprise models – Skokie, IL

Consultancy preparing ambulatory health care organization for accreditation, licensure and certification

Role: Board Member; Advisor for Strategic Planning – Hinsdale, IL

VetTech is a nonprofit initiative of the .VetTech provides IT training to Veterans to facilitate earning their Microsoft and CompTIA A+ certifications

Role: Advisor for expanding the IT curriculum and the creation of a social enterprise (staffing firm) to place graduating veterans in corporate career positions.



Arthur Andersen Best Practices Award Recipient 1999

Category: Strategic Leadership

Ernst & Young, LLP Entrepreneur of the Year Award Nominee 1999

Arthur Andersen Best Practices Award Recipient 1998

Category: Exceeding Customer Expectations

Arthur Andersen Best Practices Award Recipient

Category:  Unleashing the Power of Technology 1998

Ernst & Young, LLP Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist, 1996