Welcome!

Sunflowers have always been a favorite of mine. Click on the photo to reach my Pinterest profile, and a board devoted entirely to sunflowers.

Sunflowers are a favorite of mine. Click on the photo to reach my Pinterest profile, and a board devoted entirely to sunflowers.

My mission is to help communities, nonprofit organizations, donors and volunteers attain their fundraising, social media communications and public relations goals in the most efficient, thoughtful, and high quality manner possible.

I am a one-person company. As a certified nonprofit executive since 2004 (based in Austin, Texas), and continuously recertified, my work is thoroughly documented by CFRE International. I conduct work across the state (and beyond).

Some are surprised I do most all work by hand. I have learned to “do more with less” in part by:

  • Thinking smart;
  • Using new technologies (when and where appropriate);
  • Staffing donors, volunteers and executives thoughtfully and fully to enable significant donations to be secured from their colleagues (as they are most comfortable); and by
  • Making use of existing resources wisely.

While many believe major gift campaigns require an army of staff, I do not. Large financial goals do not also mean large numbers of people. Most successful campaigns on which I have worked attain their goals through thoughtful, highly tailored cultivation and solicitation of a relatively small number of carefully identified, committed donors who are capable of making major gift donations.

I have also cleaned-up “challenged” campaigns where quite a bit was spent on large, supposedly full-service consulting firms that were ultimately unsuccessful. In that regard, I have been a “turnaround” fundraiser on more than one occasion.

In my experience, success depends upon careful evaluation, rolling-up one’s sleeves to do real work, courage, and not employing a “pre-set” consultant’s format. Each nonprofit is unique! One can learn from prior campaigns, of course, but major gift and special project efforts succeed best when the plan of action and its implementation are tailored specifically to the nonprofit.

You will notice I have added two quick reference sections to the menu of my website: Skills (Fundraising and Social Media). Yes, I do entertain requests from for-profit businesses for assistance with social media, public relations and other tasks, where my skills can be helpful.

Thank you for visiting!

Bloomerang Display at AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action 2014

Donor retention continues to be a top concern for nonprofits. Need help? I recommend Bloomerang (click to reach).

Note: Crowdfunding has become another effective way to attain large financial goals. I am not a crowdfunding expert, but I have contributed to some, and I maintain a library of information about crowdfunding on Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog (click on the link).

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