Friends

I've been fortunate indeed. Good people fighting the good fight have invited me to help in all kinds of ways. I've worked with community foundations from Connecticut to Nevada and Memphis to Ohio on strategic planning, communications audits, website re-thinking, and donor centrism.

Similarly, I've spent time with alternative schools in Albuquerque, a Down syndrome society in Massachusetts, a children's coalition in Rhode Island, land trusts and nature conservancies, mentoring programs, affordable housing builders, and a Nigerian cultural group on fundraising, bequest planning, social media, board retreats, and annual reports.

I'm a lucky guy. Below is a representative list of organizations with which I've been honored to work. In every case, it's the people who make the organization successful.

The National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture, halfway between Boston and Providence, is one of the coolest places I've ever been. It begins with a very sad proposition. Sisters Debra, Celeste, Felicia, and Tammy all grew up thinking that the measure of beauty and culture existed only in the white dolls that were available. They promised themselves – and other girls and boys of color – that they would reveal a much bigger world. Now the Black Doll Museum boasts a collection of more than 10,000 pieces dating back to the 1700s. More than 2,000 of those are exhibited during Christmas and include black Mr. and Mrs. Clauses that shake and shimmy, black angels and African ornaments, and my favorite: a black Santa on a moving motorcycle. I spend more time there than any museum I've ever visited.
Association of Fundraising Professionals (RI)
Amy Biehl School, Albuquerque
Akron Community Foundation
American Savings Foundation (CT)
Baltimore Community Foundation
Cambridge Center for Adult Education
Children's Friend & Service, RI
Community Foundation of Greater Memphis
Community Foundation for Southeastern CT
Connecticut Council for Philanthropy
Crossroads RI
Hampton Roads Community Foundation
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation
Housing Development Fund, CT
Main Street Community Foundation
Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
National Black Doll Museum
Nature Conservancy, RI
NeighborWorks Blackstone Valley
New Hampshire Charitable Trust
Northwest CT Community Foundation
Oasis International
Providence College
Southside Community Land Trust
South County Healthy Bodies, Health Minds
South County Volunteers
UCAP (alternative urban school), RI
Washington County Coalition for Children
WRNI-FM (public radio)
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