About Us

Scaling Up Social Sector is committed to empowering social sector organizations and non-profits with the best education, tools, and community, so they can have a greater impact and more freedom to serve more clients. We realize that there are very few educational institutions or consulting firms that serve the average nonprofit/social sector organization.

We have and continue to develop practical action based tools to increase the impact and effectiveness of the organizations. We are part of Gazelles Inc. family, a community that provides executive education, coaching, and technology services to help mid-market companies around the world build and execute a strategic plan. Gazelles focuses on helping executive teams make the right decisions when it comes to four key areas: people, strategy, execution, and cash.

Over the past decade, social sector organizations have used these tools and realize they are universal applicability. We have recently modified and added tools for the nonprofit/social sector and created Scaling Up Social to provide it to the social sector community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Don’t think of it as scaling. Think of it as expanding the impact you can have. The more effective your organization: the more people you can assist, the greater recognition you receive and energy around your cause, the more impassioned your board is, the more donations you receive, the more volunteers you have, the greater impact your cause makes.

We have spent time reviewing the materials and adapting them to the social sector/nonprofit world.  Most of the tools are relevant but there is language and stakeholders difference that impact their use. We are committed to continuing to develop them and evolve these tools.

Any non-profit can benefit from Scaling Up’s methodologies! The four decisions that structure the book (Strategy, People, Execution, and Cash) have resonated with social sector professional and lay leaders. It’s our job to grow your organization, no matter industry.

The Salvation Army in Canada was able to grow their revenue and increase their performance by adopting these tools. Shalom Learning, an edtech startup, filled out Scaling Up’s One-Page Strategic Plan which helped them in raising over $2 million in one year. And a social service agency is using the People best practices to build a tight culture that will enable them to solve some of their key challenges for this year.

In each instance, these organizations used the Scaling Up materials to increase the impact of their purpose.

Gazelles is a global organization, with coaches helping companies and organizations grow all over the world. No matter the sector, our coaches are trained to highlight your areas for improvement and give you actionable tasks to help you improve your areas that have the most opportunity. If you’re interested in a coach we can pair you with someone in your region.

Below are a number of complimentary assessments that you can complete to get started. The One-Page Personal Plan, the Accountability Chart, and the One-Page Strategic Plan are some of Gazelles’ best known tools that help businesses and organizations start to grow. Additionally, you can elect to have a one-on-one call with a Gazelles coach who will highlight your organization's key area of opportunity to focus on.

There are a number of workshops scheduled around the United States and Canada for you to attend. Or, come to the 2017 ScaleUp Summit in St. Louis, MO on October 17th-18th to see some of the business world’s leading authors. Use the code ‘NONPFT’ to receive a special Scale Up Social Sector discount.

No matter the size of your organization, we offer a variety of products and services that meet your needs. The good news is that, as a non-profit, we provide a discount to the costlier events.


“Our coach keeps us strategically focused on the future direction of the business, while equipping us with Gazelles best practices and new thinking. By clearly defining our customers and then focusing tremendous energy on understanding and meeting their needs, we increased deal sizes and overall revenues by 40%.”

Joshua Troderman

Executive Director of ShalomLearnning
"Our coach did his homework on our organization and came in and led our team through a very successful strategic planning process. He kept our group fully engaged throughout the two-day process and helped us achieve some substantial landmarks as we plan forward. He has become a valued friend in the process.”

Major Doug Binner

Corps Ministries Secretary of The Salvation Army of Hope Community Ministry
“Last year was nothing short of transformational. Our Gazelles coach uncovered our unquestioned assumptions and helped us consistently focus on execution and accountability amidst rapid growth. This revolutionized the way the organization communicated, works, and makes an impact in the world.”

Rod Brooks

CEO of Stop Hunger Now

Who We Are

Verne Harnish

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Verne Harnish is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO), with over 12,000 members worldwide, and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program, the "Birthing of Giants" held at MIT, a program in which he still teaches today. Founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching organization with over 180 partners on six continents, Verne has spent the past three decades helping companies scale-up. The "Growth Guy" syndicated columnist, he's also the Venture columnist for FORTUNE magazine. He's the author of the bestseller Mastering the Rockefeller Habits which is translated into 9 languages; and along with the editors of Fortune, authored The Greatest Business Decisions of All Times, for which Jim Collins wrote the foreword. His latest book Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) has won seven major international book awards including the prestigious 2015 International Book Award for Best General Business book. Verne also chairs FORTUNE Magazine's annual ScaleUp and Growth Summits and serves on several boards including chairman of The Riordan Clinic and the newly launched Geoversity. A private investor in many scale-ups, Verne resides in Barcelona, Spain, with his wife and four children and enjoys piano, tennis, and magic as a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

Gil Bonwitt


Gil is the co-founder and CEO of Gazelles Social Initiatives, whose purpose is to increase the performance of social sector organizations. He also owns and operates two educational companies that have won several local and national awards for best place to work, fast growth and quality of service. After graduating college, he worked as an executive director of a non-profit and an attorney at White & Case. He has served as an officer and board member of several local and national organizations, including Chair of the Scheck Hillel Day School, Chair of Young Presidents Organization Miami and Entrepreneurs Organization South Florida. Currently, he serves on the boards of Jewish Community Services of South Florida, Philanthropy Miami and Shalom Learning. He graduated from the University of Pennyslvania -Wharton School and Georgetown University Law Center.

Elise Scheck Bonwitt

Elise is the co-founder of Gazelle’s Social Initiatives, an organization committed to increasing performance of social sector organizations. She is a community activist who has devoted time to social welfare and children causes.
Elise has been actively involved in Greater Miami Jewish Federation for many years and is currently Treasurer of the Board and chair of the Women’s Impact Initiative. She recently finished her term as President of Women’s Philanthropy. She is also on the Board of Overtown Youth Center and a Mentor with Women of Tomorrow, where she works with 30 girls at Miami Lakes Educational Center. Elise has also given her time and energy as a member of the Women’s Department Amutot Committee and the Jewish Volunteer Center board.
In the past, Elise has served on the board of Beth Torah Congregation, where she founded and chaired Mitzvah Day for many years. She also has served as PTA Vice President of her children’s school and has chaired several events and committees at the school.
In addition, Elise has spent significant time in organizations supporting the needs of children in South Florida. She co-founded KICK, a summer camp program for inner city youngsters, has served as a Big Sister, and has provided pro-bono legal services. Elise has mentored several girls at Biscayne Gardens Elementary School, is a volunteer for Lawyers for Children of America, Legal Aid and a member of Florida Association of Women Lawyers, among other legal organizations.
Elise is an Attorney who is currently Of Counsel to Givner Law Group, previously Higer, Lichter & Givner. Elise is also a Certified Circuit Court Mediator, mediating cases in the areas of corporate litigation, employment law, real estate, probate, insurance and personal injury. Over the past few years, she has also served as legal counsel to several privately-held companies regarding issues such as employment law and corporate transactions. From 1998 to 2006, she was general counsel for Sweet Paper Sales Corp., one of the largest privately-held companies in South Florida. At Sweet Paper, she was responsible for all legal issues including employment law, corporate transactions and vendor contracts. Prior to Sweet Paper, she worked for five years at Smoler, Lerman, Bente & Whitebook, primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, construction litigation, real estate and corporate transactions. She graduated from University of Miami Law School and Columbia University.
Elise and her husband, Gil Bonwitt, live in North Miami Beach. They are the proud parents of five children.

Devin Schain

Devin Schain is a serial entrepreneur and has successful started and sold 4 companies. Currently, Devin is the CEO and Co-Founder of Hyperwave Technologies. Hyperwave is a technology and licensing company that developed a patented infrared cooking innovation enabling manufacturers and brands to combine the speed of a microwave, with the quality and taste of a conventional oven.  Devin has over 30 years of start-ups, direct marketing, and entrepreneurial ventures. As a sophomore at The University of Pennsylvania, Devin launched On Campus Marketing (OCM.)  He sold OCM after building it to the point where it was working with 1,100 colleges. Educational Direct, another company that Devin founded, become the leading consolidator of student loans on the Internet before being sold in 2006. Schain is active in YPO, and also founded Campus MD/Access Health Group and Campus Direct.  In addition to being a serial entrepreneur, Schain is a dedicated philanthropist: he founded ShalomLearning and is actively involved with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Hillel International and a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program.

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