Alex Comfort
Mountain Non-Profit Solutions
105 Sunny Lane
Mars Hill NC 28754
Fax:
828-689-9328
Alt. Phone:
Unpaid Non-Profit Work (years):
16
Consulting Experience (years):
8
Current Professional Affiliations and Licenses:
Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE), achieved in 1991. Association of Fund Raising Professionals – 28 years. Outstanding Fundraising Professional, New Orleans – 1995. Outstanding Fundraising Professional, Western North Carolina – 2010

Summary of your consulting practice and relevant experience:

As a full-time consultant since 2009, I have succeeded by listening closely to my clients’ needs.  A good consultant is helpful because he or she brings expertise, perspective, leadership, courage, humor, and the ability to ensure harmony in the client’s constituency by making the hard decisions and telling the truth.

I have extensive experience in capital and endowment campaigns as well as feasibility studies.  As one who began as a “residential capital campaigner”, I conduct campaigns as much as possible as short-term, deadline-driven campaigns.

Throughout my career I have helped many non-profits other than the one I was working for, usually pro bono, in achieving success in annual fund programs, board development, planned giving, marketing, and finding sustainability.

One of my professional interests over the years has been planned giving.  All non-profits need to do this yet most do not get around to doing much.  I use uncomplicated and straightforward techniques that everyone can master quickly.

Strengths:

Capital Campaigns and Feasibility Studies

Planned Giving for all non-profits

Major Gift Campaigns

Annual Fund Programs

Grant writing

Earned Income programs

Board development and solicitation skills

Teaching  – I present a comprehensive, four-day “Fundraising Boot Camp” 2-3 times per year

I have a great deal of fun as a consultant, use a lot of humor, and find it a most redemptive process to help clients achieve what they often feel is not possible.  I am glad to meet with clients ahead of time at no charge and demonstrate to them why it is so important to use a consultant, even if they choose someone else to assist them.


References

Board Governance/Development

MemoryCare
Board Assessment, Board Recruitment, Board Staff Relations, Board Training/Development, Governance and Committee Structure
Dr. Peggy Noel
Founder and Former Director
828-771-2219
Board Development 2001 - 2004, Annual Fund, Major Gift, and Planned Giving development 2001-2004, Marketing, 2001-2004, Planned Giving 2010
Meals on Wheels of Asheville
Board Assessment, Board Recruitment, Board Staff Relations, Board Training/Development, Governance and Committee Structure
Dianne Trammel
Executive Director
828-253-5286
Board Policies, Recruitment, Solicitation training, general development training, committee structure and tasks, assistance in hiring Director of Development – 2014.
Henderson County Young Leaders Program (Now Camplify)
Board Assessment, Board Recruitment, Board Staff Relations, Board Training/Development, Governance and Committee Structure
Will Hendricks
Past Board Chair
828-693-5396
Board assessment and solicitation training, development audit, annual fund creation and implementation, assistance in recruiting new executive director, 2015-16.

Fundraising/Development

Emmanuel Lutheran Church and School
Annual Funds, Capital Campaigns, Case for Support, Fundraising Events, Grant Proposal Development, Individual Donor Appeals, Memberships, Planned Giving
David Meyer
President, Board of Directors
828-230-7341
Capital Campaign Direction - 2009-2010
Pardee Hospital, Hendersonville
Annual Funds, Capital Campaigns, Case for Support, Fundraising Events, Grant Proposals, Development, Individual Donor Appeals, Memberships, Planned Giving
Kim Hinkelman
Executive Director, Pardee Hospital Foundation
828-233-2700
Planned Giving program, 2013, Major Gifts Program, 2013, Feasibility Study, 2014, Capital Campaign preparation and direction, 2014-2015.
St. Gerard House, Hendersonville
Annual Funds, Capital Campaigns, Case for Support, Fundraising Events, Grant Proposals, Development, Individual Donor Appeals, Memberships, Planned Giving
Caroline Long
Executive Director
828-606-8840
Development Audit, Development Plan, Staff and Board Training, Preparation for Capital Campaign, 2015.
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Brevard
Annual Funds, Capital Campaigns, Case for Support, Fundraising Events, Grant Proposals, Development, Individual Donor Appeals, Memberships, Planned Giving
Liz Fuller
Junior Warden, Capital Campaign Planning Committee
828-553-3784
Feasibility Study, Capital Campaign, 2015.