The Fundraising Leadership team has worked with senior leaders and teams at nonprofit institutions across the globe.
Here’s what some of our fans say about us:
Our advancement team recently expanded with new colleagues joining us from other institutions and areas of expertise. We needed help figuring out how to maximise our various strengths and diversity of experience. Janice and David worked closely with our management group to design an illuminating, productive and positive team day. The day was full of surprises and insight into our co-workers and ourselves. Highlights include agreement on our core values and sharing individual commitments for the coming year. Normally our professional training is focused on what to do at work, this was a valuable opportunity to reflect on the how and why we work individually and together. I am utilizing multiple tangible results as I plan, manage and evaluate our work. David and Janice bring great credibility to the process as seasoned advancement professionals.–Krista Slade, Executive Director, Advancement, Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto
Coming into the role as the Dean of Engineering at Bucknell, I knew that some aspects of the job would be challenging. I hired David as my coach, and we worked together for a year. During that time, I noticed an increase in my intentionality, confidence, and focus as a leader. Coaching with David gave me practical tools and new perspectives with which to approach each day. Also, in the midst of all that I do as Dean, I took the time to reflect on who I want to be as Dean. I appreciated David’s ability to zoom in on causes for celebration when I would have otherwise missed them. The coaching sessions were always a positive and supportive respite from the chaotic activity often involved with leading a college. I found that David’s openness prompted my own which led to great self-exploration. Coaching has been game-changing for me.–Patrick Mather, Dean of the College of Engineering, Bucknell University
Janice is exceptionally thoughtful, a careful listener and asks the right (and often tough) questions. Her values exercise brought a new focus into my work to ensure that I was engaging in ways that were meaningful for me. Each session brings new insights and I am incredibly grateful for her ongoing guidance. We have worked together for many years now one on one, in partnership with one of my colleagues and with my team. Janice has the ability to adapt and adjust to each circumstance and make the experience fun and thought-provoking.–Dawn Marie Schlegel,Associate Vice President, Donor Relations & Engagement, Toronto Symphony Orchestra
The Fundraising Leadership retreat helped me to open my heart and mind to becoming a different kind of leader. It helped me to explore my assumptions about myself and how I want to show up as a leader. If you are serious about leadership and becoming a better leader, then I encourage you to work with David and Michelle.–Lavinia Boxill, Vice Chancellor for Advancement, New Brunswick, Rutgers University
As a result of this Leadership Retreat, I feel different. I have new tools and a reminder of the tools I already had that work for me. Michelle and David were wonderful co-leaders and created an engaging program. There was lots of great learning. I am leaving feeling very energized.–Stella Wixom, Senior Executive Director, Business Engagement Center, University of Michigan
David combines exceptional talents and excellent judgment with a positive approach to life and a compassionate heart. He brings years of experience in education as well as a keen understanding of people which positions him as a superb coach. If I were setting out on a new journey, I’d want David at my side.–Donna Blakemore, Vice President of Development, San Francisco SPCA
Janice is an incredible listener. I loved having a consistent partner in Janice, someone with experience in the nonprofit sector who can appreciate the nuances and challenges. She has a powerful, yet gentle approach to helping people…. and ultimately, to showing you the tools you need to help yourself.–Megan Tregunno, Vice President, Philanthropy, CAMH Foundation
Hiring Michelle as my coach has boosted my professional growth. As a first time non-profit board chair, I needed support on seeing all that I had to offer my organization and then how to be my best self at work. By teaming up with Michelle, I not only found a more grounded sense of my self and what I had to contribute at work, I also learned how to set clearer boundaries with my colleagues. Michelle ably talked me through the rough moments, and helped me discover and notice things I wasn’t finding on my own.–Lana Noel, Board Chair, Threshold Choir
Our team spent a day with Janice and Michelle. Within minutes, they had created an open and comfortable environment for the team, and kept that spirit alive the whole day. We were able to actively practice coaching techniques in a safe space, and left not only with new tools as leaders but also with a better understanding of one another. What I most appreciated was a focus on creating a common language of coaching for Blakely, while also keeping and respecting our differing approaches as individuals. It was authentic and real. Many of us have already begun to practice and implement the tools and skills we learned.–Sara Campbell Mates, VP, Client Relationships and Senior Strategist, Blakely Inc.
Recently, I found myself hungry for professional change was interested in exploring and developing my leadership powers. David and I worked together for a year. I appreciated that held me accountable for my growth and learning. His unique perspectives, sense of humor, authenticity, and ability to move deftly from coach to mentor, and back again, helped me be more comfortable with my discomfort. David was able to see me in ways I hadn’t seen myself before as a leader, a spouse, and a mom. Working with David has enabled me to prioritize fun, adventure, and play at work and home. He introduced some unique tools that I brought into my team. If you want to have a greater impact in your world, I guarantee that David will create a safe, compassionate space for you to grow.–Allison Howell Quinton, Chief Development Officer, Camp Oochigeas
Like all good fundraisers, Janice is an excellent listener. She understands the charitable sector, is committed to helping you find your most rewarding path and will challenge you to do your best work. To work with Janice is to have an extremely thoughtful, caring and knowledgeable ally on your team.–Juniper Locilento, Senior Director, Development, YMCA of Greater Toronto
Silvia was my coach during my postgraduate fundraising studies at Barcelona University. As the final project for this training program, I had to prepare and present the fundraising strategy for my organization, the Friends of the MNAC museum in Barcelona. Silvia helped me prepare the oral presentation, including the synthesis of everything that I wanted to share with the audience. Her extensive knowledge in fundraising, as well as in public speaking, were key in deciding what was most important to highlight and emphasize in the presentation at the university. Her joy and empathy helped me to appreciate the process of preparation of my pitch and gave me the strength to believe more in me being authentic and natural.–Cristina Martí Mogas, Director of Fundació, Amics del MNAC
Janice, David and Silvia created a remarkably comfortable environment for our day-long Coaching Essentials workshop. My colleagues and I were able to learn and practice coaching techniques while receiving valuable feedback. As workshop leads, the three are diverse and unique individuals that are also articulate, sensitive and fun! Because they are certified coaches with real-life fundraising experience, David, Janice and Silvia were able to share personal and professional stories and examples that were relevant to our everyday fundraising and leadership roles. We were supported to practice our listening skills, and I highly value the focus on asking questions that will allow our direct reports to create their own solutions. I am still practicing what I gained from the day! I believe that coaching can be transformational for fundraising leaders and the social profit sector, and thank Janice, David and Sylvia for challenging us and sparking this change.–Renee Beneteau, Director of Philanthropy, YMCA of Greater Toronto
The facilitation by David was a terrific experience for my team. We left energized and focused and I would highly recommend this type of session. Going forward we will be much more focused on both our strengths as a team and on the prospects we to choose to work with.–Greg Lewis, Executive Director, Colorado State University
I had the wonderful opportunity to work with David. Little did I know how life-changing this leadership coaching experience would be. Our strengths can sometimes also serve as our weaknesses. Being aware is key, and having tactics in place has helped me grow both professionally and personally. Thanks to David, I also took up meditation. Twenty minutes a day has changed me in even more ways than I could have ever imagined. Everyone should work with a coach! Just go in with an open mind.–Melissa Halpin, Director of Next Generation Philanthropy, Rutgers University Foundation
I really can’t say enough about the incredibly rewarding experience of working with Janice. She is extremely thoughtful, a consummate listener and someone who has made a tremendous impact on the way I approach my work. She has challenged me to improve the way I view my goals and ambitions, and to think more strategically and mindfully, both personally and professionally. Through her beautifully planned one-on-one sessions and the attendant work, she has provided ample opportunities to explore areas of potential growth. I have learned a great deal in my time working with Janice, and I am truly grateful for the experience.–Ennis Blentic, Associate Director, Advancement, Innis College, University of Toronto
I’m really pleased with the experience of working with Silvia as my coach in fundraising. Silvia is much more than a large toolbox of fundraising techniques and methodologies. She combines technical resources with a great ability to listen and that often starts with asking the right questions. Silvia accumulates a long experience in fundraising and also she adapts to the new challenges living the new projects with refreshing energy. She is a passionate fundraiser-coach who challenged me to jump into the uncomfortable zones in order to find new ways to approach potential donors in line with my essence and values.–Josep María Bayer, Director of Fundació Institut Pacis
How does he do it!? David often helped me identify exactly what was on my mind what I needed to deal with before I knew how to articulate it myself. Stated bluntly, David is a great coach. He combines empathy with leadership level management experience and superb listening skills. I’ve worked with other top coaches and David has what it takes to belong in that same category. Thank you,David for our work together and for choosing the path of coaching!–Jeremy Benjamin, Senior Director of Development, San Francisco General Hospital
Janice’s coaching sessions provided a structured approach to deliberate reflection on what is most meaningful to me in life and how I can achieve what I most value and most want to be. Working with her helped me design a fulfilled life, with joy, anchored in my values.–Diane Crane, Senior Director of Development, Oklahoma State University
We had two staff members from Pathways join the Creating a Culture of Accountability session. Both enjoyed it. One staff member wished it was longer which isn’t something you often hear with online sessions!–Liz Rejman, Director, Fundraising Operations, Pathways to Education Canada
We have also had the pleasure of working with leaders and teams at:
Able Academy, ADRA International, American Institutes for Research, Ashinaga, Boys and Girls Club, Bucknell University, Catholic Health Services of Long Island, Camp Oochigeas, Columbia University, Cornell University, Colorado State University, Collier Child Care, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Dartmouth University, Franklin and Marshall College, Future Possibilities for Kids, George Washington University, Harry Chapin Foodbank, Hillside Family Agencies, Lehigh University, Naples Art Association, New York University, Naples Children’s and Education Foundation, Nature Conservancy, Oklahoma State University Foundation, Princeton University, Rutgers University, RAICES, Stanford University, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco State University, Sanibel Community Housing, Threshold Choir, Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation, Toronto Foundation, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, UNICEF, United Way Greater Toronto, University of California, San Francisco, University of Florida, University of Michigan, University of Rochester, University of Southern California, University of Toronto, University of Wisconsin, Washington University, St. Louis, Wesleyan University, Yale University, and YWCA Toronto.