Mark Goldstein
Communication Mark
233 Tampa Circle
Arden, NC, 28704
Unpaid Non-Profit Work (years):
20
Consulting Experience (years):
12
Current Professional Affiliations and Licenses:
CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive)
State of North Carolina Charitable Solicitation License holder
Board Member, Association of Fundraising Professionals - WNC Chapter
Leadership Asheville 28 graduate
Other current or recent civic involvement: Advisory Board Member, Carolina Public Press; Auxiliary Board, Animal Compassion Network; Rotary Club Member, Asheville Metro

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.


References

Board Governance/Development

Arts for Life
Board Staff Relations, Board Training/Development , Coordinating Board Vision with Staff Efforts
Shea Godwin
Executive Director
828-658-1599
Board Development (fundraising), Gift Acceptance Policies. Services provided in 2011.
Manchester Memorial Hospital
Board Staff Relations, Board Training/Development , Coordinating Board Vision with Staff Efforts
Eric Lunde
Executive Director
(606) 312-1778
Project Planning, Case Statements, Proposal Writing, Research, Inter-Organizational Communications, Foundation Board Development, 2006-present. Over $1.6 million raised to date.

Fundraising/Development

Four Seasons
Annual Funds, Capital Campaigns, Case for Support, Grant Proposal Development, Individual Donor Appeals
Tina Gentry
VP of Patient Access & Sustainable Resources
828-233-0313 x313
Grant Proposal Writing, Case Development/Writing, Donor Communications, Grant Reporting, General Consulting, 2004-present. Over $1.5 million in grants raised for various hospice and palliative care purposes.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Homeless Services Network
Annual Funds, Capital Campaigns, Case for Support, Grant Proposal Development, Individual Donor Appeals
Peter Safir
Homeless Services Director
704-336-3100
Proposal writing and coordination of group collaboration. Awarded grant for about $3.9 million in new and renewed funds. 2011 - present.
Montford Park Players
Annual Funds, Capital Campaigns, Case for Support, Grant Proposal Development, Individual Donor Appeals
John Russell
Executive Director
828-254-5146
Grantmaker research, grant proposal writing, foundation cultivation, case statement. 2011-present. Successful in obtaining $125,000 grant from Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority for capital project.
Community Link
Annual Funds, Capital Campaigns, Case for Support, Grant Proposal Development, Individual Donor Appeals
Nicole Dewitt, MSW
Director of Outreach, Policy & Analytics
704-943-9516
Grant proposal writing, data analysis, coordination of collaborative grant applications. January 2012 - present. Wrote grant that earned $1.18 million for human services for veterans.

Organizational Development/Change

Animal Compassion Network
Business Planning, Conflict Management, Managing Change and Growth, Organizational Assessment, Organizational Restructuring, Strategic Planning
Eileen Bouressa
Executive Director
828-299-7173
Organizational Development/Change Coaching, Board/Staff Relations Input, Strategic Planning. 2010-present.
Mountain Non-Profit Solutions
Business Planning, Conflict Management, Managing Change and Growth, Organizational Assessment, Organizational Restructuring, Strategic Planning
Alex Comfort
Executive Director
828-691-6135
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

Manchester Memorial Hospital
Feasibility Studies, Outcomes Measurement, Program Analysis , Determining Organization Needs and Strategies
Eric Lunde
Executive Director
606-312-1778
Project Planning, Case Statements, Proposal Writing, Research, Inter-Organizational Communications, Foundation Board Development, 2006-present. Over $1.6 million raised to date.
MedWest Health System
Feasibility Studies, Outcomes Measurement, Program Analysis , Determining Organization Needs and Strategies
Steve Brown
Executive Director MedWest Foundations
828-452-8317
Project development, case statements, grants research, grant proposal writing, foundation cultivation. 2010 - present. Over $430,000 in grants raised to date.