Services for Nonprofits and Philanthropists

I’m a long-time nonprofit professional helping nonprofits and philanthropists accomplish great things for vulnerable people. You have goals, and I can help you meet them. Together, we get to improve lives and end suffering.

Services for Nonprofits:

  • Developing fundraising plans: A to Z for new nonprofits or a fresh look at your fundraising practices if you’re ready to jump to the next level
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with your funding partners (not their checkbooks)–aka stewardship–and developing plans to keep that work on track
  • Creating, working with, and advancing your board of directors
  • Measuring your impact: How, why, what to avoid, who’s doing it right, and how to talk with funding partners about it
  • Coaching for new or less experienced directors of development and grantwriters
  • Managing communications: Finding your voice, creating content for various channels, improving your storytelling, and handling all this when you’re a small team or a team of one
  • Grantwriting (I still love it more than 20 years after writing my first grant)
  • Other supports and coaching: Leading teams, providing an engaging social media experience, and leading effective meetings
Services for Institutional and Individual Philanthropists:
  • Identifying possible capacity-building investments you could make that would take a promising nonprofit to the next level and ready them for a grant from you
  • Helping you define how you’ll talk about impact and outcomes, since every nonprofit measures and defines them differently, to help ensure your investments move you toward your desired vision
  • Creating a scoring rubric to ensure you/your team is on the same page when evaluating existing and potential grantees
  • Reviewing grant applications
  • Finding and vetting high-quality nonprofits to add to your short list of potential grantees
  • General philanthropy planning: How to structure your philanthropic work so you’re an effective partner with and investor in nonprofits

I do this work from France via FaceTime/Skype, phone, email, and text; I’m sometimes in Chicago, St. Louis, and the New York City/CT region. (I moved to get out of the rat race, but some of those rats are family and dear friends, so I visit.)

Certain projects require a human being on site with you, and I won’t take those on. I don’t want to fail, and I don’t want you to, either.