Short List | Fundraising Skills


I am a one-person company. Years of hands-on experience – sometimes in remote locations – combined with the use of new technologies enable me to enhance my effectiveness and to rely less upon others.

  • Major gift and special project campaign strategy development, campaign design and implementation.
  • Grant writing, submission, reporting – prior success stories may be found on the platform Vitae, The Chronicle of Higher Education. I have worked with philanthropists statewide and beyond.
  • Prospect research (including advanced wealth screening).
  • In-person donor solicitation (and gift negotiation and renegotiation), with or without volunteer assistance.
  • Stewardship (keeping donors informed and engaged).
  • Damage control and repair (turning negative situations into positive ones).
  • Executive staffing – I have found by carefully staffing a philanthropist who wishes to solicit gifts from his or her colleagues, when done well, this results in major gift campaigns attaining and exceeding their goals.
  • Board meeting organization and implementation, documentation of minutes, presentations, reports and follow-up.
  • Digital media communications related to fundraising, including major gifts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, SlideShare, Pinterest, Vine, Periscope, Instagram, PowerPoint, WordPress, Tumblr, Paperless Post, iContact, MailChimp, Constant Contact and more).
  • Other professional writing (correspondence, speeches, blogs, social media, newsletters, brochures, video scripting, print publications, including editing and ghostwriting).
  • Basic graphic design (I am also experienced with coordinating graphic design projects with professional designers).
  • Public speaking and teaching.
  • Special event design and implementation (from conventions and cocktail receptions to galas).
  • Travel arrangements and trip hosting (from VIP van and bus to private jet).
  • I am familiar with a variety of other nonprofit fundraising activities. If I cannot do it, I know many experts who can. Ask!
  • The articles in my blog are based upon my personal experiences and research. They are a great way to learn about how I work: Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog.
  • I prefer long-term assignments where my skills can be put to best use and more in-depth work accomplished. Fees depend upon the client and the needs of each (half-time and full-time work are considered). Commonly, I receive a flat monthly fee from which I pay my own insurance, taxes, benefits, and basic office expenses (a professional accounting firm has managed my personal and professional taxes for the past sixteen years).
  • Full documentation is provided upon the conclusion of each assignment, usually in the form of electronic files on a disc, flash drive or via cloud platform. I maintain my own files in the cloud, and I have been able to restore critical documents to nonprofits that have lost them years after my work was completed (free of charge, of course). When appropriate, I also prepare final written reports with suggestions about future work beyond my tenure.
  • Contact me via the secure online form provided, or via one of my social media platforms. Thank you!