Home | Contact Us
Contributions Magazine Emerson and Church, Publishers
Our Columnists |return to home page |'how-to' library | Contact Us
Enter Bookstore
About Our Columnists


Start your subscription to Contributions and gain access to the current online issue by clicking the button below.


Have an idea for an article? Email us.


To read articles from past issues of Contributions, click here.


Who Offers What


Enter Bookstore

browse catalog

New Books

fundraising books


Save up to 45%
on bulk purchases





Tom Ahern
Mr. Ahern is the author of Seeing Through a Donor’s Eyes, How to Write Fundraising Materials that Raise More Money, and Raising More Money with Newsletters than You Ever Thought Possible, all published by Emerson & Church. He is counted among North America's top authorities on fundraising, advocacy, and "persuasion" communications. For more information, visit his website at www.aherncomm.com.

Joseph Barbato
Mr. Barbato is the author of How to Write Knockout Proposals and Attracting the Attention Your Cause Deserves, by Emerson & Church, Publishers. He is also president of Barbato Associates (www.barbatoassociates.com), a consulting firm in Alexandria, VA, that produces case statements, brochures, and other persuasive pieces for nonprofits. His more than 20 years of experience include stints in major capital campaigns at NYU and The Nature Conservancy. He can be reached at 703-379-5441.

Penelope Burk
Ms. Burk is President of Cygnus Applied Research, Inc. (Chicago/Toronto/York, UK). The company is known for its groundbreaking research on how superior donor relations can influence retention and generosity (Donor-Centered Fundraising, 2003). Further information on the company’s research and services is available at www.donorcentered.com.

Ken Burnett
Mr. Burnett is the author of the worldwide best seller Relationship Fundraising, and its sequel Friends for Life. He is chairman of Burnett Associates Group Limited, the group of marketing and communications companies he founded in 1983. He is also chairman of the board of trustees of ActionAid, one of the UK’s top 20 not-for-profit organizations. Burnett is a former vice chair of the Institute of Charity Fundraising Managers (the UK’s equivalent of NSFRE, served for seven years on the board of the International Fund Raising Group (now The Resource Alliance) and is an honorary Fellow of the UK’s Institute of Direct Marketing. You can reach him by email at ken@kenburnett.com

John Carver
A provocative authority on governing boards, Dr. Carver is the creator of the Policy Governance® model. He is author of Boards That Make a Difference, John Carver on Board Leadership, and over 160 published articles. He co-authored Reinventing Your Board, the CarverGuide Series, and Corporate Boards that Create Value. He co-edits the bimonthly Board Leadership. He and Miriam Carver, his wife and consulting/writing colleague, live in Atlanta. He can be reached at johncarver@carvergovernance.com

Larry Checco
Larry Checco is author of Branding for Success: A Roadmap for Raising the Visibility and Value of Your Nonprofit Organization. He is president of Checco Communications (www.checcocomm.net) and a nationally recognized public speaker, workshop presenter and consultant on branding.

Elizabeth Crabtree
Elizabeth Crabtree is the Director of Prospect Development at Brown University. She is a member of the APRA board of directors, currently serving as APRA President. Elizabeth is also a member of AFP, CASE, and NEDRA and is a nationally recognized speaker and philanthropy and nonprofit research consultant.

Jarene Frances Lee
Ms. Frances Lee is a co-author of What We Learned (the Hard Way) about Supervising Volunteers: An Action Guide for Making Your Job Easier. Lee is trainer and consultant in volunteer program management.

James Gelatt, PhD, CFRE
Mr. Gelatt is the author of Managing Nonprofits in the 21st Century and general editor of Aspen's Fund Raising Series for the 21st Century. He is the president of Prentice Associates, a management consulting company specializing in associations and other national nonprofits, and a past-president of the Greater Washington, D.C. chapter of the National Society of Association Executives. You can reach him by email at jgelatt@umuc.edu

Gayle L. Gifford, ACFRE
Ms. Gifford is the author of How Are We Doing, by Emerson & Church, Publishers. In addition to her provocative writing and speaking, she is a college lecturer and president of Cause and Effect Inc. (www.ceffect.com), a consulting firm based in Providence, RI that helps a wide range of nonprofits build their strategic capacity. You can reach her at 401.331.2272 or gayle@ceffect.com.

Susan Golden, Ph.D., CFRE
Ms. Golden is the author of Secrets of Successful Grantsmanship and a consultant who works with organizations in grantseeking and capital campaigns. She serves corporate as well as nonprofit clients, and is a frequent speaker and lecturer. Dr. Golden's office is in Cleveland (www.thegoldengroup.org), and may be reached at (216) 464-9700 or by email at SLGolden@TheGoldenGroup.org

Andy Goodman
Andy Goodman is a nationally recognized author, speaker and consultant in the field of public interest communications. Along with Storytelling as Best Practice, he is author of Why Bad Ads Happen to Good Causes and Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes. He also publishes a monthly journal, free-range thinking, to share best practices in the field.

Kay Sprinkel Grace
Ms. Grace is the author of The Ultimate Board Member's Book, Fundraising Mistakes that Bedevil All Boards, and Over Goal, all by Emerson & Church, Publishers. A core faculty member of the Fund Raising School since 1980, Grace is a San Francisco-based organizational consultant who works with a wide range of local, national and international nonprofit organizations in the development of their human and financial resources. She may be reached at 415-495-5355 or by email at ksbstar@aol.com

Jane Hexter
Jane Hexter, President of Grants Champion has written well over 50 successful proposals and raised over $22 million for her clients in the last few years alone. Her clients include school districts, higher education institutions, and human service agencies throughout the U.S.

Stephen Hitchcock
Mr. Hitchcock is the author of Open Immediately, by Emerson & Church, Publishers.

Andrea Kihlstedt
Ms. Kihlstedt is the author of the book, How to Raise $1 Million (or More!) in 10 Bite-Sized Steps, published by Emerson & Church. Kihlstedt has spent the last 27 years as a capital campaign consultant, working with organizations large and small, giving her ample opportunities to observe remarkable people who through their courage, commitment, and energies make our world a better place through fundraising.

Jerold Panas
An author, popular speaker and consultant, Mr. Panas is considered one of the most creative men in the field of fund raising. His books include Asking, The Fundraising Habits of Supremely Successful Boards, and Mega Gifts, all published by Emerson & Church. Panas is Executive Partner of one of America's leading fund raising firms. For more information, visit www.instituteforgiving.org.

Andy Robinson
Mr. Robinson is the author of How to Raise $500 to $5000 From Almost Anyone and Great Boards for Small Groups, published by Emerson & Church. He is a consultant and trainer based in Plainfield, Vermont and may be reached at 802-479-7365 or andyfund@earthlink.net.

Maureen K. Robinson
Maureen K. Robinson is the author of Nonprofit Boards that Work: The End of One-Size-Fits-All Governance, published by John Wiley & Sons, and a consultant in the areas of nonprofit leadership and management, strategic planning and organizational development.

Susan Ruderman
A former manager of prospect research activities at MIT and Harvard, Ms. Ruderman is vice president of Veritas Information Services (www.veritasinfo.com), a fund raising and executive search research consulting firm in Arlington, Mass. Ruderman now specializes in research training for nonprofits and welcomes comments and suggestions from readers via e-mail at ruderman@tiac.net.

Madeline Stanionis
Madeline Stanionis is the CEO of Watershed (www.watershedcompany.com), an online fundraising and advocacy agency. She is also the author of Raising Thousands (if Not Tens of Thousands) of Dollars with Email, published by Emerson & Church. Ms. Stanionis has been raising money, organizing, and communicating for organizations and causes for 20 years, not counting her second-grade campaign for George McGovern.

Larry Stelter
Larry Stelter is president and CEO of The Stelter Company (www.stelter.com), a national planned giving communications firm that focuses on print and Web products. Founded in 1962, The Stelter Company and its staff of more than 80 individuals serve more than 2,500 print clients and 1,100 Web clients nationally. He is also the author of How to Raise Planned Gifts by Mail, published by Emerson & Church.

Martin Teitel
Martin Teitel is Executive Director of the Cedar Tree Foundation, a private foundation and the author of Thank You for Submitting Your Proposal, by Emerson & Church. Previously he served as Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the CS Fund, a philanthropic foundation, and also Western Field Director for a public charity, The Youth Project.

Back to top