Peter co-founded Build Consulting in 2015, following over 15 years of nonprofit consulting experience in the areas of technology, branding, marketing, and development. Peter’s work for Build clients has a broad focus spanning many operational areas, including fundraising, program monitoring and evaluation, accounting, and impact reporting/analysis. Internally, Peter leads our webinar series and speaking engagements, and coordinates the expert content available on our website.
“My favorite thing about working at Build is the culture we’ve created. People are very kind, generous, professional, and accountable. Clients know they can rely on us for wise counsel and stability even when there is otherwise a lot of change or chaos within their organizations. I most enjoy those ‘aha!’ moments with clients when they really latch onto a new concept that points to a better way of doing things and improved mission outcomes. That is what makes the work so satisfying.” — Peter Mirus
Prior to co-founding Build, Peter Mirus worked as a technology strategy consultant for Community IT Innovators, serving nonprofits as a part-time CIO and leading technology projects. Prior to that he worked as a brand, marketing, and technology strategist for a variety of types of organizations, including a wide range of non-profits, as well as for-profit organizations mainly concentrated in the technology and architecture, engineering, and construction spaces. His passion for creative, complex problem-solving and helping individuals and organizations grow is the connecting thread between his current work and his past career.
In 2011, Peter founded STA Tech Marketing to help technology companies identify and pursue opportunities to transform their corporate, services, and/or product brands and marketing strategies.
In 2000, Peter co-founded Trinity Consulting, a boutique firm providing marketing, development, and technology services to nonprofit and professional services organizations. Projects lead and performed by Trinity contributed to over one billion dollars of new revenue generated for clients between 2000 and 2010. At Trinity, Peter directly served over 20 nonprofit organizations in developing and growing their digital engagement strategies, including one nonprofit ranked in the Fortune 1000.
Peter is an experienced executive and strategic advisor, having served in various C-level and director-level roles for his own companies and for clients, on a full-time or interim basis. He has experience building and directing cross-functional teams including a broad range of disciplines—and draws from his past experience as a creative director, designer, applications architect, and business analyst to relate well to all team members.
Because of his diverse background and experiences, Peter is at home guiding nonprofit organizations through a diversity of project types, ranging from website redesign to accounts payable process automation. As the interim or part-time CIO to several nonprofits, he has directed projects relating to every area of the enterprise. This experience is critical when a client is exploring major platforms like CRM and ERP systems, and their integrations, that may have a profound impact on many or all areas inside an organization,
Peter is known for being able to rapidly absorb, assimilate, and then communicate large amounts of business, technical, and inter-personal detail. He believes relating an organization’s or individual’s specific circumstances to larger ideas and pictures leads to growth and happiness.
Areas of Technology Practice
- Constituent Relationship Management and Fundraising systems (Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales, Raiser’s Edge, Luminate Online Marketing, eTapestry, and more)
- Association Management systems (iMIS, NetForum, Personify, etc.)
- ERP and Financial Management (Intacct, Financial Edge, NetSuite, QuickBooks, Dynamics 365, Dynamics GP, Dynamics SL, etc.)
- HRIS, payroll, and talent management (ADP, Paycom, Paychex, Taleo)
- Office Productivity (G Suite/Google Apps, Office 365, IBM Notes)
- Online communities (Salesforce Community, Higher Logic, Personify Communities, etc.)
- Cloud file collaboration (SharePoint, Dropbox, Box, Google Drive)
- Human services case management (ETO, Client Track, CaseWorthy, etc.)
- Website CMS (WordPress, Drupal, etc.), hosting (cloud hosting, CDN, DNS, etc.), analytics (Google Analytics, Quantcast)
- Marketing automation (Marketing Cloud, Campaign Monitor, Mailchimp, Constant Contact, etc.)
- Program and project management (Teamwork, Trello, Microsoft Project, etc.)
- Case management (Jira, Teamwork Desk, Salesforce cases, Zendesk)
- Surveys and forms (SurveyMonkey, Gravity Forms, Wufoo, etc.)
- Programs management, grants management
- Technology vendor relationship management (Managed IT Services providers, systems integrators, application developers, software vendors)
- Applications and database architecture and development (ColdFusion, PHP, ASP.NET, JS, XML, CSS, HTML, Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL)
What Clients Say
- “You understood more about us in a week than consultants we’ve worked with for months”
- “Detailed and effective project direction”
- “Great at defining a strategy and turning it into practical action steps”
- “Development and accounting are finally on the same page”
- “Very good listener”
- “He’s a human Wikipedia of nonprofit operations and technology”
Authorship and Media
- Articles for Build Consulting
- “A Good Data Manager Is Hard to Find” for Data Analysts for Social Good http://www.dataanalystsforsocialgood.com/a-good-data-manager-is-hard-to-find/
- “Episode 14: Brand Strategy “ with Spiral Marketing https://www.spiralmarketing.com/podcast/14-brand-strategy-with-peter-mirus-of-build/
- “Development, Meet Accounting” JMT online webinar 2020
- “How Data Quality Defines Your Organization” at Good Tech Fest 2019
- “How to Build an Information Strategy for Your Organization” at Good Tech Fest 2019
- “A Good Data Manager Is Hard to Find: How to Recruit and Retain the Best” at Good Tech Fest 2018
- Has presented to boards of directors, executives, and business networking groups about brand strategy, communications strategy, nonprofit leadership and governance, program monitoring and evaluation, and other topics.
- Peter is a frequent webinar presenter with the Community IT Innovators monthly nonprofit technology series.
- Video: How to Succeed with Your Software Implementation
- Video: Nonprofit Cybersecurity
- Video: Build Presentations at Good Tech Fest
- Video: Leading an Effective Nonprofit Software Selection
- Video: How to Build a Better Technology Roadmap
Peter’s Blog posts:
- Nonprofit Technology Strategy: How It Should Relate to Organizational Strategic Planning
- Nonprofit Technology Roadmaps: How Far Ahead Should They Look?
- Preparing to Integrate Your Nonprofit's Valuable Data
- Nonprofit Data Analysis Tools
- Don’t Wait for New Technology to Start Making Improvements at Your Nonprofit