The purpose of The Coach Initiative is to increase the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations through free or affordable professional coaching, depending on an organization’s financial ability and the number of individuals engaged in the coaching process. We pair clients in nonprofit organizations or other not-for-profit initiatives with volunteer coaches who, depending on the engagement, provide leadership, business and life coaching services.

Our mission is to support nonprofit initiatives worldwide, through coaching, to make a greater positive global impact on projects that focus on the betterment of the human condition and on uplifting the human spirit. Because of our firm belief in the coaching process, we know that projects supported by coaches will have an even greater positive impact on the world.

The Coach Initiative supports nonprofits engaged across a range of meaningful issues to help them to deliver on their missions, including:

  • empowering young people to raise themselves out of poverty and become global citizens
  • raising funds to combat life-threatening illnesses and to improve the lives of those touched by these illnesses
  • deconstructing conflict, reducing violence and promoting peaceful alternatives
  • and more (nominate a nonprofit cause now!)

We work with a variety of nonprofit organizations, from small to large and local to global, across North America, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the rest of the world. Some of the organizations who have received coaching from us include Catholic Relief Services, Center for Amazon Community Ecology, Free the Children, Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information, Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County,, New Mexico GLBTQ Centers, Public Allies Washington DC, Search for Common Ground, Sparkseed, World Vision UK and Young Women’s Project (see a more detailed list here).


For the bios of our founders and board members, along with associated photos, click here

Contact information

You may reach us by email ([email protected]), phone (973-229-4681), or regular mail (The Coach Initiative; Attn: Laurie Milazzo, Program Director; 9 Clover Lane; Rumson, NJ 07760)


“It was an incredible opportunity. We were at a point at which we needed to begin to think more strategically and long term about the future of the organization—how we were going to go from reacting day to day to more of a long-term strategy and making sure our actions every day were leaning toward that. I’m just delighted with the experience; we got so much value out of it. I’ve worked with coaches for years, and I have had great coaches in the past, but this has been one of the most beneficial experiences I have ever had.”

Nick Hall, President
Graham’s Foundation

“The most important thing that my coach did for me was make it possible to do work of a higher caliber. My coach helped me cut my project list in half, and with the extra time I had, I was able to do more lobbying and more grant writing, and we were able to get a grant that helped the Madrid Coalition [an organization of about fifty peace-keeping organizations in Israel, Palestine and Europe] finance their first year of operations. Working with The Coach Initiative was tremendously beneficial in a way that I continue to benefit from. I would be delighted to welcome more coaches from the Coach Initiative into our organization.”

David Kellen, Director of Strategic Affairs Unit
The Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information

“The experience was amazing. My coach offered an objective sounding board not connected to my day to day work and helped me realize what I needed to be a more effective leader for Public Allies. Before we began, I thought that I just needed to motivate myself to focus more on fundraising. Through our conversations and the DISC assessment, I learned to appreciate my staff more, predict what information my board needs and [understand] how to support my own wellness as a leader. Public Allies DC and I are making significant progress with fundraising, but the lessons learned go well beyond my original goals.”

Nakeisha Jones, Executive Director
Public Allies, Washington DC

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Video Clips
Founding Board Member and Former Board President, Sandy Vilas and Ruth Ann Harnisch of The Harnisch Foundation, Donor of the Establishing Grant for The Coach Initiative Discuss the Organization, Its Mission and Coaching.

Co-Founder Bobette Reeder Discusses the Impact of Coaching and The Coach Initiative.

Former President and Current Board Member Diane Krause-Stetson Explains the Mission of The Coach Initiative.

Past Articles

A sampling of past articles on The Coach Initiative appears below or visit Articles for the most up-to-date publications.

Giving the Gift of Coaching: The Coach Initiative
(published on June 7, 2009 in The Coaching Commons)

The Coach Initiative–Volunteer Coaches Making A Difference, by Diane Krause-Stetson
(published in The Voice, the monthly newsletter of the International Association of Coaching)

Meet Our Grantees: The Coach Initiative
(The Harnisch Foundation)

One of the Featured Organizations of Coaches Care
(Coaches Care is the charitable giving program of Practice Pay Solutions, a New York for-profit corporation)

The Coach Initiative Launches Coaching Project in Partnership with Virgin Unite to Benefit Stand Up For Kids to Aid Homeless and Street Kids
(published by PR Wire)