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Our Consultants  in the Community

Whether you are a one-person development shop or the leader of a large team; work at a local theater or a complex national healthcare system; are brand-new to the field or a seasoned veteran – our firm’s consultants have some great ideas and tools to help take your fundraising to the next level. Come see us in person or attend one of our free webinars!


Upcoming Presentations


Event: Shining a Spotlight on the Growth in Giving Initiative and the Human Services Sector

Monday, May 1, from 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Moscone Center West, San Francisco, CA


About this session at the AFP International Conference

How do human services organizations (HSOs) raise the funds they need to provide needed services in American communities? Because many of these organizations are small, with minimal fundraising staff, the sector itself has not had the resources to collect and analyze the data. In this session, we will use data from a unique database provided by the Growth in Giving Initiative, which was created by the Fundraising Effectiveness Project in 2012, to create preliminary analyses of trends in giving to HSOs. The results illustrate how fundraising has changed for HSOs in recent years, and suggests areas for further research.


Erik Daubert, Chair, Growth in Giving Initiative
Nathan Dietz, Senior Research Associate, The Urban Institute
Aggie Sweeney, Senior Counsel, Collins Group, a division of Campbell & Company

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Event: Strategic Shifts in Corporate Relationships

Monday, May 1 from 11:00am - 12:15pm
Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle, Seattle, WA


About this session at the 2017 State Councils Annual Conference

The world of corporate philanthropy has moved away from “feel good” giving to giving that can model corporate strategies in community and workforce development. Independent colleges are sometimes at a competitive disadvantage with corporate funders because the level of impact that smaller institutions can demonstrate is often lower than that of large public universities, simply because their student populations are smaller. State Councils, however, are in a unique position to fill this gap. By providing scale for member institutions, State Councils can develop compelling programs that may readily fit corporate strategies for funding and workforce development. State Councils also can demonstrate the true benefit of collaboration among member institutions by seeking larger corporate gifts collectively than each college could obtain on its own. This panel discussion led by James Plourde, Vice President of Collins Group, provides an opportunity to hear experienced gift officers discuss their strategic philanthropic interests.

Intended Audience

Development/fundraising professionals at educational institutions


James Plourde, CFRE, Vice President, Collins Group, a division of Campbell & Company
Mark Dederer, Executive Director, Biller Family Foundation
Cat Martin, Vice President, Relationship Manager Pacific Northwest & Utah, Global Philanthropy, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Ken Thompson, Consultant and Senior Fellow, Aspen Institute Forum on Community Solutions

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Webinar: Fundraising Communications 4 – Fundraising Materials That Work 2017

Wednesday, May 10, from 10am - 11am PST


About this Webinar Series

Our Fundraising Communications series is our core communications curriculum for nonprofit leaders, fundraisers and communicators.  In five sessions, we provide concepts, examples, tools and tricks for communicating effectively with donors and volunteers—from foundational ideas to finished materials.

About this Free Webinar (presented by Campbell & Company)

What kinds of materials and resources will help your leaders, staff and volunteers walk into donor conversations with confidence and communicate your message powerfully?

In the fourth webinar of our Fundraising Communication series we will guide you through communicating visually and verbally across media and formats ranging from traditional print brochures to interactive iPad toolkits.

Key Learnings

Through this session, we will cover:

  • How to use photography, illustrations, infographics and sidebars to convey your messages better than words can
  • How to use both traditional materials and new formats to support your fundraisers
  • Examples of great communications pieces from across the nonprofit sector

We’ll explore these ideas in the context of campaigns as well as ongoing institutional fundraising.

Intended Audience

Executive Leaders, Volunteer Leaders, Fundraisers (all levels), Communications and Marketing (all levels)


Andrew Brommel, Director, Communications Consulting, Campbell & Company


Pending official approval

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Event: Transformers – Stories of Leadership for Community Impact

Wednesday, May 17, Time TBD
Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA


About this workshop at the 2017 Washington State Nonprofit Conference

Throughout their careers, nonprofit leaders are called upon to seize opportunities and calm crises that can profoundly affect their organizations and the people they serve – for better or for worse. One’s ability to successfully build community partnerships, stabilize finances and staff, and anticipate and respond to a rapidly changing external environment can make all the difference in whether an organization grows and thrives or withers on the vine. This moderated panel discussion will feature seasoned executive directors who have seen it all…and done it all! From pulling an animal welfare group back from the brink of extinction to creating a model for community-oriented affordable housing, our panelists will share their experiences of leading organizations through profound periods of change and transformation – all in aid of serving their communities in deeper and more impactful ways.


Estela Ortega, Executive Director, El Centro de la Raza
Kate Roosevelt, Executive Vice President, Collins Group, a division of Campbell & Company
Eric Stevens, Executive Director, Kitsap Humane Society

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