Services for Nonprofits & Philanthropists

I’m a long-time nonprofit professional helping nonprofits and philanthropists accomplish great things for people facing adversity. My ultimate goal is to help nonprofits gain the skills, habits, and knowledge they need to improve lives and end suffering around the world.

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 from a development point of view: why you need to be part of the conversation
  • Coaching for new or less experienced directors of development and grantwriters: how to lead teams, how to support individual team members, how to harness volunteers to boost fundraising
  • 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
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 use 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 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 regular human presence 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.