Mark Goldstein, CFRE
Communication Mark
233 Tampa Circle
Arden, NC, 28704
Unpaid Non-Profit Work (years):
Consulting Experience (years):
Current Professional Affiliations and Licenses:
CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive)
State of North Carolina Charitable Solicitation License holder
Member, Grant Professionals Association, NC Chapter
Leadership Asheville 28 graduate
Other current or recent civic involvement: Board Member, Carolina Public Press; Board Member, Board Member, Association of Fundraising Professionals - WNC Chapter; Rotary Club Member, Asheville South

Summary of your consulting practice and relevant experience:

Communication Mark is a consulting firm with a passion for creating positive change through fundraising and organizational development. We believe that nonprofit organizations are most effective when they communicate well with their constituents.

We help the organizations we serve by ensuring that they possess clear project and fundraising strategies. We identify community support, plan project and fundraising timelines as needed, and provide development capacity so that our clients are able to maximize their efforts.

Our team brings many years of fundraising experience to its work and is familiar with a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. We utilize a system that we created (Open Communication™ Fundraising Cycle) that has proven success with all sizes of organizations and all types of causes.

We are best known for our grant proposal writing, which has taught us that well-chosen words are no substitute for effective projects that address documented needs. Thus, we offer a range of communication services that aim to ensure that nonprofits raise funds but also plan, execute, evaluate, report and sustain their projects effectively. We put systems into place, where necessary, to make organizations’ work easier over time. Our services include:
•    Writing Grant Proposals;
•    Developing New or Existing Agency Services;
•    Drafting “Case Statements” in Preparation for Fundraising;
•    Cultivating Foundation, Corporation or Public Support;
•    Agency Problem-solving and Organizational Development;
•    Coordinating Complex Fundraising Efforts;
•    Fundraising Research;
•    Grant Reporting and Evaluation;
•    Donor Communications; and
•    Assisting with Media and Public Relations.

Our annual grant application success rate is consistently 60-80% when we work with organizations that have a fundraising track record of one year or more. When we include new or less experienced organizations, our rate is above 50%, still quite high for this type of fundraising.

Since our founding in April 2000, some of our best clients are established organizations with development expertise and fundraising staff that hire us to affordably increase their proposal writing capacity. We frequently add value to our work with these organizations and others by functioning as part-time members of client’s staff.

Thank you for taking the time to understand our philosophy of public service. If you share our goals, we welcome your query and hope that you will consider working with us.


Board Governance/Development


Community Link
Annual Funds, Capital Campaigns, Case for Support, Grant Proposal Development, Individual Donor Appeals
Floyd R. Davis, Jr.
President & CEO
Grant proposal writing, data analysis, coordination of collaborative grant applications. January 2012 - present. Wrote grants obtaining more than $9.8 million for agency and its partners toward housing and related services for people with low incomes, including veterans and other populations in need.
AdventHealth Hendersonville
Grant Writing, Case Development/Writing, General Consulting
Sherri Holbert
Director | Foundation
Grant Proposal Writing, Case Development/Writing, Donor Communications, Grant Reporting, General Consulting, 2005-present. Over $2.5 million in grants raised for various health-related projects.
Freedom Life
Grant Writing, Case Development
Danny Hampton
Executive Director
Grant Proposal Writing, Case Development, 2018 to present. Funds raised toward capital needs for organization that helps prevent recidivism among previously incarcerated individuals.
Grant Writing
Mark Bailey
Development Director
Grant Proposal Writing, 2015-2017. Wrote grant proposals that raised funds toward major housing development for seniors.

Organizational Development/Change

Mountain Non-Profit Solutions
Business Planning, Conflict Management, Managing Change and Growth, Organizational Assessment, Organizational Restructuring, Strategic Planning
Alex Comfort
Executive Director
Foundation Research, Donor Research, Organizational Development/Change. 2011-2012. Organization is a for-profit serving the nonprofit sector. Services provided to benefit nonprofit organizations working with with this company.

Program Planning and Evaluation

AdventHealth Manchester
Feasibility Studies, Outcomes Measurement, Program Analysis , Determining Organization Needs and Strategies
Amy Dunzweiler
Foundation Coordinator
Project Planning, Case Statements, Proposal Writing, Research, Inter-Organizational Communications, Foundation Board Development, 2006-present. Over $3.8 million raised to date.