When the ceiling fell in our historic 19th century church, we found ourselves facing a $2 million capital campaign. Our small congregation couldn’t do this job alone. We needed to reach out to the community and sought a consultant with creative spirit and real imagination. We haven’t officially launched our drive, and we’re nearly a quarter of the way to our goal. Abbie is the development genius we were seeking.

Reverend Dr. Peter B. Ives, Pastor
First Churches, Northampton, Mass.


Each element of your advancement program—from the annual fund to estate planning—needs careful, year-round attention. Opportunities are lost when organizations move from one major initiative to the next without evaluating results and integrating the lessons learned into future planning.

  • Advancement Leadership Coaching
  • Annual fund programs
  • Capital and Endowment campaigns
  • Constituency and alumni development
  • Development assessments
  • Donor research and prospect identification
  • Endowment development
  • Fundraising programs and strategy
  • Major gifts programs and individual strategy


Nonprofit boards carry more responsibility today than ever before as new Federal and state legislation impacts their role. These increased requirements demand that boards be ever vigilant in their duties and the decisions they make for their organizations. And board members must lead in giving and as well as asking.

  • Leadership development and training
  • Board and staff training
  • Building trustee leadership
  • Interim leadership
  • Retreats
Management Consulting

Developing your strategic road map ensures success in moving your organization forward. The key is thoughtful strategic planning.

  • Strategic & operational planning
  • Development planning
  • Organizational assessment
  • Interim Leadership
  • Organizational Assessment
  • Office Administrration
  • Retreats
  • Meeting Facilitation

Women’s Philanthropy

Women control more than 60% of the US wealth and lead or make many of the philanthropic decisions in a family. Your advancement programs must take this important issue into consideration.

  • Speaking
  • Workshops
  • Establishment of a specific women’s philanthropy program
  • Review of current institutional priorities and materials