As a consultant, Dara truly knows from whence she speaks. She’s built a donor base from the ground up; navigated her way around a board of directors; struggled to align staff resources to mission impact; and done all this within a strong focus on collective social justice. In addition, Dara is empathetic, strategic, and knowledgeable in all the tricks of the trade – and she doesn’t blink, no matter what you (and she) face. Any social justice nonprofit would do very well to have Dara on their team.

Judy Levine, Executive Director, Cause Effective


I support social justice organizations to align their fundraising strategies with their programs.  By investing in building the financial and fundraising skills of grassroots organizations, I believe we will not only strengthen each organization, the experience and confidence of grassroots leaders but also movement work overall. I specialize in working with small member-led organizations with budgets under a million dollars a year. I have helped start and grow individual donor programs, launch planned giving campaigns, initiated special events and built membership programs.

Dara & Charles Ryan (formerly of VOCAL-NY) at the NYC Grassroots Fundraising Conference in 2010            (photo: Max Uhlenbeck)

I offer three strategies to support your work:

  • Fundraising planning and implementation support
  • One-on-one coaching
  • Interactive fundraising trainings

Training topics can include:

  • Fundraising in times of economic crisis
  • Building a fundraising culture in your organization
  • Developing fundraising plans that meet your size and capacity
  • Implementing your fundraising plan
  • How to run successful grassroots fundraising programs
  • Tools to manage tight financial situations
  • Turning volunteers and members into fundraisers
  • Budgeting and financial planning
  • Membership-based fundraising
  • Building an individual donor program
  • Developing a major donor program
  • Legacy and planned giving
  • Planning successful special events
  • How to raise $50,000 in 6 weeks

I credit my mentors in fundraising particularly Stephanie Roth and GIFT (the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training) and Judy Levine at Cause Effective for much of what I know about fundraising. Thank you!


One response to “Fundraising

  1. Thanks for the shout-out, Dara! We think you’re an amazing fundraiser, trainer, and consultant!

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