Amy gets results.
When she taught with me in the Complete Fundraiser course, it was usually the organizations she coached who showed the greatest increase in revenue. She is soft-spoken and friendly so you won't get that businesslike fundraiser vibe from her, but soon you'll find that she is detail-oriented, tenacious and completely dedicated. She cares about the people and organizations she works with and goes the extra mile for them.
/ Baird Straughan, former Program Director at the Institute for Conservation Leadership; current President, WaterGrass /
Amy’s solid fundraising skills saw Wild Utah Project not only through, but entirely intact through, the great recession of 2008 –2011. These were times where we saw many of our non-profit conservation partners in the West cut staff, trim hours, and in fact close doors entirely. The fact that we were able to make it through these hard times without having to take any of these measures, we attribute entirely to Amy.
/ ALLISON JONES, executive Director, wild utah project /
Amy embraced our challenge as her own. Her personal approach and interaction with our staff and board were always professional, but more importantly she brought out our best, helping us focus on what was critical, empowering us with a workable plan and inspiring folks to do the unthinkable-fundraise for our cause. Frankly, her knowledge, flexibility with people and organizations and her positive and inspired attitude brought our organization through a tough period.
/ Wayne Jenkins, former Executive Director of Georgia ForestWatch, Current Deputy Director of Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association /
Unlike many working in the field, Amy does more than tweak the edges of your work; she helps to overhaul your systems, your planning and your thinking. If the old maxim “those who can, do, those who can’t, teach,” were applied to the world of NPO consulting, Amy O’Connor would be the exception to the rule. Her approach to NPO consulting is rooted in real-world experiences underpinned by real-world successes. Her understanding that NPO’s rarely operate like text book examples, but more like dysfunctional families, allows her to work with an organization from a basis in reality to an achievable outcome.
/ Margaret O’Gorman, Executive Director, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of new jersey /
Amy O’Connor assisted the Greater Yellowstone Coalition with membership systems, communication issues and message development. She has an unusual ability to recognize the core of an issue and help her clients find solutions to tricky problems. She is clear, thoughtful, well organized and completely professional.
/ Caroline Woodwell, Development Director, Greater Yellowstone Coalition /
Working with Amy O’Connor was like working with an extended family member. Owing to her successful background in conservation, she understood the challenges and issues, both political and organizational, faced by our growing conservation group. She helped us move beyond our day to day miasma and see a larger picture, not only about what our organization does and how we are perceived, but how we can work with one another to create a sustainable and effective non-profit while working to protect public land and wildlife. One of Amy’s greatest strengths is that she is more than just an organizational development consultant; she truly believes in caring for the land and sustaining the people who do this important work.
/ Paul McFarland, former Executive Director, Friends of the Inyo; current president, Jeffrey pine associates /
Amy O’Connor’s expertise in membership development and private fundraising is among the best in the business. With her input, facilitation, and feedback we have created a highly successful membership program and greatly increased our private giving. Her expertise in strategic planning has also been a useful asset to our organization and other organizations that I have been involved with over the years. I would highly recommend her to any organization looking for guidance in strategic planning, how to develop a grassroots fundraising and membership strategy, a major donor campaign, or any aspect of growing an organization.
/ Brent Martin, Associate Director, Land Trust for the Little Tennessee /
Amy O’Connor exceeded our expectations (at Exploring New Horizons) in working with us on strategic planning. She is such a pleasure to work with and always keeps the interactions so real and personable. Her comprehensive interviews of the Board and Staff prior to the retreat were key in getting background information and bringing everyone to the same page at the retreat. We were ready and had the organization’s needs and priorities ready to share. She then beautifully led us through the strategic planning process integrating all the background she learned about our organization and guiding us to collaborate and create a wonderful tool for our organization. You can tell that Amy is a natural at this process. She always remained grounded and receptive to all the information and ideas from participants, facilitated focused discussion, and was able to ‘magically’ take all his information and put it into a functional form that will help our organization for years. She really is a strategic planning magician.
/ Shawnee Shahroody Spitler, former Board President, Exploring New Horizons; current somatic life coach, riverspire coaching and consulting /
Partial Client List
Membership and Fundraising Director
Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions (Vermont)
Cabrillo Economic Development Corp. (California)
California Wilderness Coalition (California)
Citizen Alert (Nevada)
Citizens for a Better Flathead
Citizens for a Healthy Bay (Washington)
Colorado Environmental Coalition (Colorado)
Conservation Leaders Network (Oregon)
Conserve Wildlife Foundation
Dogwood Alliance (North Carolina)
Jennifer N. Pollard
Director of Annual Giving
Eastern Shore Land Conservancy
Elizabeth River Project (Virginia)
Shawnee Shahroody Spitler
Somatic Life Coach
Riverspire Coaching and Consulting
Five Valleys Land Trust (Montana)
Four Corners School of Outdoor Education (Utah)
Friends of the Inyo
Friends of the Poudre (Colorado)
Friends of the San Juans (Washington)
Former Executive Director, Georgia ForestWatch
Current Deputy Director, Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association
Great Old Broads for Wilderness (Utah)
Greater Yellowstone Coalition
HawkWatch International (Utah)
Hells Canyon Preservation Council (Oregon)
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement
Idaho Conservation League
Idaho Rivers United (Idaho)
Director of Development
Illinois Environmental Councul
Jefferson Land Trust (Washington)
Lake Superior Alliance (Wisconsin)
Land Trust for the Little Tennessee
Lower Merion Conservancy (Pennsylvania)
Outreach and Development Director
Missouri Coalition for the Environment
National Indian Child Welfare Association (Oregon)
National Wildlife Refuge Association (Iowa)
New Hampshire Rivers Council (New Hampshire)
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (New Mexico)
North Olympic Land Trust (Washington)
North Cascades Institute (Washington)
North Country Trail Association (Michigan)
Northern Alaska Environmental Center (Alaska)
Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (Oregon)
Oglala Lakota College (South Dakota)
Oregon League of Conservation Voters (Oregon)
Oregon Natural Desert Association
Pilchuck Audubon Society (Washington)
Pinelands Preservation Alliance
Predator Conservation Alliance (Montana)
Regional Environmental Council (Massachussetts)
RESTORE: The North Woods (Massachussetts)
Save Our Canyons (Utah)
Sawtooth Society (Idaho)
Siskiyou Project (Oregon)
Snake River Alliance
South Carolina Forest Watch (South Carolina)
Southern Environmental Law Center (Virginia)
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (Utah)
The Lands Council
Utah Wildlife Federation (Utah)
Ventana Wilderness Alliance (California)
Virgin River Land Preservation Association (Utah)
Vital Ground Foundation (Utah)
Washington Environmental Council (Washington)
Washington Toxics Coalition (Washington)
Washington Wildlife Federation (Washington)
Waterkeeper Alliance (Colorado)
Western Wildlife Conservancy
Wilburforce Foundation (Washington)
Wild Olympic Salmon (Washington)
Wild Utah Project
Wild Utah Project (Utah)
Wildlands Network (Vermont)
Numerous additional groups not listed above have participated in one-day, multi-day, and year-long trainings.
Training and Consulting
Amy O’Connor has provided training and consulting services to many additional nonprofits through the following organizations.
- Environmental Support Center (Washington, DC)
- Institute for Conservation Leadership (Takoma Park, MD) "Amy provided high quality, tailored development and organizational capacity assistance to numerous Institute for Conservation Leadership affiliated organizations over the years. Her commitment and follow-through were exemplary."
- Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (Rocky Mountain and Pacific Districts)
- State Environmental Leadership Program (Madison, WI)
- Sustainability Network (Toronto, Canada)
- Training Resources for the Environmental Community (Santa Fe, NM)
- Waterkeeper Alliance (Irvington,NY)
- Westminster College (Utah) “This course was well thought out and one of the most professional courses I have had at Westminster.”
Peter Lane, Former Program Director,Institute for Conservation Leadership
Current President, Peter Lane Coaching and Consulting, LLC
Master of Arts in Community Leadership – Intro to Development Course
Amy provided high-quality, tailored development and organizational capacity assistance to numerous Institute for Conservation Leadership affiliated organizations over the years. Her commitment and follow-through were exemplary.
/ Peter J. Lane, Former DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS, Institute for conservation leadership; current president, Peter Lane Coaching and Consulting, LLC /
Our organization needed an outside, objective and expert evaluation of our individual donor development efforts. Amy provided that and more. During 3 days of intensive work at our offices, Amy not only provided well-reasoned and appropriate recommendations, but helped train and motivate staff, trustees and volunteers to take an active part in fundraising. Amy’s work with us has led to positive change, both in very concrete, practical ways and in our collective understanding of the role fundraising needs to play in the organization’s activities.
/ Carleton Montgomery, Executive Director, Pinelands Preservation Alliance /
It’s not simply Amy’s hard-earned know-how and her remarkable ability to strategically systematize fundraising processes that make her a terrific resource for nonprofits; she is also friendly, flexible, down-to-earth and genuine. Her willingness to work with – rather than preach to – nonprofit staff is a tribute to her intelligence and integrity and is the cornerstone of her effectiveness.
/ Ellen Levy, Membership and Fundraising Director, Amigos Bravos /
A few members of our staff were initially skeptical about bringing in a consultant, but after Amy’s site visit all participants agreed that her guidance was incredibly worthwhile. Her insight on aspects of membership development, direct mail fundraising, and board development was a result of many years of experience of working in development herself. Amy does her homework and comes knowing your organization’s strengths and weaknesses. Amy’s greatest asset, though, is her ability to engage, mediate, and interact with all participants to ensure the consultation will directly address your organization’s most pressing needs. I highly recommend Amy to other groups; the benefits of her consulting to our organization went above and beyond our expectations.
/ Erin Noble, Outreach and Development Director, Missouri Coalition for the Environment /
We feel fortunate to have Amy O’Connor working with us because she has a rare combination of qualities that make her an ideal consultant. I can count on one hand the number of people I’ve encountered in my life who are as responsive as Amy O’Connor. If she says she’ll do something, she will and ALWAYS by or before the date she agrees to. She’s patient, she’s smart and my personal favorite – she’s got practical solutions. We continue to consult with her because we trust her instincts.
/ Mary Welsh, Development Director, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement /
Amy O’Connor has been a most valuable asset to the Predator Education Fund (now Western Wildlife Conservancy) at a critical juncture in our development. With a new board of directors in place, we needed help in understanding our respective duties, as well as what we must do to take our organization to the next level. With Amy’s support, I believe we have been able to do that. Amy has years of experience in the world of environmental activism and conservation, and she is able to share her knowledge with others in a way that is friendly, clear and engaging. I know I can speak for all the staff and board members of the Western Wildlife Conservancy in recommending Amy wholeheartedly.
/ Kirk Robinson, Executive Director, Western Wildlife Conservancy /
Amy O’Connor helped the Idaho Conservation League develop a comprehensive Development Plan which assisted us in systematizing our development program. Amy’s analytical skills were critical in helping us set realistic membership goals for our organization. Her experience and copy writing skills moved us to the next level of membership development.
/ Suki Molina, Associate Director, Idaho Conservation League /
Amy was very sensitive to our organization’s unique characteristics. It wasn’t as if she had a cookie cutter approach, but she adapted tools to fit our needs.
/ Leslie Ryan, Executive Director, Citizens for a Healthy Bay /
Amy’s thorough understanding of non-profit organizational development and membership recruitment and retention is an enormous asset to any conservation group that has the good fortune to work with her. With Amy’s thoughtful assistance and guidance, we’ve implemented a successful membership development program that has helped us grow and strengthen our organization. Her skills as strategic planner, editor, and writer, and her extensive knowledge of membership development techniques and systems make Amy a pleasure to work with.
/ Gilly Lyons, Grassroots Coordinator, Oregon Natural Desert Association /
Amy O’Connor was a delight to have as a consultant for The Lands Council membership development training. Amy’s in-depth knowledge of direct mail campaigns is unquestionably first-rate. She was very patient and positive, helping me through the direct mail process step-by-step. Her detailed perception of how to organize a membership drive was extremely valuable to our organization. Amy is a most desirable development consultant and we are fortunate to have her development expertise available to us.
/ Debbie Boswell, Associate Director, The Lands Council /
Almost three years ago, we had the good fortune of having Amy O’Connor referred to us as consultant. She met with our staff and examined in detail our membership recruitment and outreach strategies. She also met with our board to help us elevate the overall effectiveness of our organization. Amy’s work with us has been an important catalyst in success over the past three years in increasing our membership by 400% and more than tripling our budget.
/ Mayre Flowers, Executive Director, Citizens for a Better Flathead /
No one could have done more than Amy to help us improve our fundraising. She worked with our board and helped us design our membership development program. Our income had hovered around $170,000 for years, and in 1999 we raised $264,000. It was our best year ever.
/ Pam Allister, Executive Director, Snake River Alliance /
Amy O’Connor has been a Godsend. With Amy’s assistance we have revamped the content of membership letters, designed our first formal membership renewal calendars, compiled the first direct mail pieces, connected to a non-profit mail house, as well as compiled membership projections. Throughout all of this, Amy’s clear and strategic thinking guided us to a finished product that otherwise would not have been possible. Although known for her membership acumen, Amy also successfully facilitated a staff and board retreat focused on branding and marketing.
I could think of no other consultant I would rather have on the end of the phone when I have a burning question. She is quick to lend advice when asked but rooted in a working style that built our own internal knowledge and capacity. I would recommend Integrated Development Consulting to any non-profit organization, large or small.
/ Marise Robbins-Forbes, Director of Development, Illinois Environmental council /
Client Comments about Facilitation Effectiveness
(from fundraising, board development, strategic planning and
development planning retreats)
“Amy has restored my faith in consultants!”
“Amy’s session captivated the group & maintained their attention for 4 hours – remarkable.”
“Knows her stuff; keeps it moving along; obviously a caring individual who has a pleasant personality. Has a great way of bringing new ideas and campaign strategies to the group.”
“She kept things on track and was very positive and supportive and responsive.”
“Anyone who can facilitate and train/guide this group is effective.”
“Maintained discipline so that all participants had access to the info given. Also, material was presented in a clear manner.”
“Kept us on track, yet allowed adjustments during the process.”
“Amy did an excellent job of facilitating, keeping us on track and resolving minor conflicts.”
“Responsive to dynamics of the group.”
“Positive, upbeat, well informed.”
“Amy was very motivated and confident in the material she was presenting. I like it when someone is very sure of what they know and how to present it.”
“Amy is open, knowledgeable and enthusiastic.”
“Very thorough, good at explaining and presenting in a ‘linear’ way.”
“Her organization is greatly appreciated. We focused, via a lot of planning, and I believe it was very helpful to the overall goals of the organization.”
“Amy helped get us all on the same page/vision; the time was superbly allocated and used; the workshop empowered the organization to go to the next level.”
“Thanks for being patient and reminding us to stay focused.”
“The most useful thing about this retreat was the sense of focus blended with flexibility that came from Amy’s facilitation.”
“Amy has tremendous grace under pressure.”
“Amy knows her stuff.”