The Fundraising Leadership team has worked with senior leaders at non-profit institutions across North America including those 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, Franklin and Marshall College, Harry Chapin Foodbank, Hillside Family Agencies, Lehigh University, Naples Art Association, New York University, Naples Children’s and Education Foundation, Oklahoma State University Foundation, Princeton University, Stanford University, San Francisco General Hospital, Sanibel Community Housing, Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation, Toronto Foundation, UNICEF, United Way Toronto & York Region, University of California, San Francisco, University of Florida, University of Michigan, University of Rochester, University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin, Washington University, St. Louis, Wesleyan University, Yale University.
Recently, I found myself hungry for professional change and seeking to have greater impact and satisfaction in my life as a whole. I was also interested in exploring and developing my leadership powers. A friend and colleague suggested I reach out to David to explore a coaching alliance. 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 from the Five Dysfunctions of a Team, The Advantage, and the 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership that I brought into my team. It was a huge support knowing I could turn to David to ask him questions, explore possibilities, and try things out without fear of judgment or failure. 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
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, Sr. Director of Development, Oklahoma State University
“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
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
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, Annual Giving, Operations, and Strategy, YMCA of Toronto
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, Sr. Director of Development, San Francisco General Hospital
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 for Nonprofit Leaders workshop. My colleagues and I were able to learn and practice co-active 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. I was inspired by the role play and exercises. 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! However, I believe that co-active 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
Coming into the role as the Dean of Engineering at Bucknell, I knew that some aspects of the job would be challenging. Soon after starting, 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. Thank you for this experience, David. It’s been game-changing for me.–Patrick Mather, Dean of the College of Engineering, Bucknell University
Our advancement team recently expanded with several new colleagues joining us from other fields, institutions and areas of expertise. We needed help getting to know each other better; figuring out how to maximise our various strengths and diversity of experience. From the outset, Janice and David worked closely with our management group to design an illuminating, productive and positive team day. The focus of our time together was exploring the principles that motivate and inspire our work, within the prism of our individual strengths and complex dimensions of personality. We had an intense and high-energy day, full of surprises and insight into our co-workers and ourselves. Highlights from the retreat 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. As the director of this team, I am now utilizing multiple tangible results as I plan, manage and evaluate our work. For example, I learned about the huge variety of individual communication preferences and how staff like to be recognized at work. This knowledge is critical for an engaged manager. We also had a lot of fun and connected with David and Janice as neutral but wonderfully engaged facilitators. They bring great credibility to the process as seasoned advancement professionals and a proven record of accomplishment in higher education. I look forward to working with Janice and David in the future and unreservedly recommend to others. — Krista Slade, Executive Director, Advancement, Faculty of Arts & Science, University of 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.