The Experts

About our courses and our topic experts

At CharityHowTo, we take immense pride in the authenticity and caliber of our expert instructors and the courses they teach. This unwavering commitment ensures that our offerings seamlessly align with our mission to deliver unparalleled training experiences for those in the nonprofit sector.

Our topic experts at CharityHowTo undergo thorough vetting, requiring years of hands-on experience in nonprofit work or consulting. You gain insights not from theoretical knowledge but from their invaluable real-world experiences, refined through trial and error.

Additionally, our experts must maintain an exceptionally high review rating to continue teaching. The core of our mission and existence lies in the quality and authenticity of both our experts and the courses they create.

  • Beth Archer, GPC, RSM

    Beth Archer is a Grant Professional Certified (GPC) and an approved Trainer for the Grant Professionals Association. She has extensive experience in nonprofit management and leadership; currently serving as the Executive Director of a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit. She has been in the grant profession for over six years.

    https://www.dhleonardconsulting.com/

  • Rachel Bearbower

    Rachel Bearbower is the founder and CEO of Small Shop Strategies, a nonprofit consultancy focused on teaching Executive Directors how to reclaim their time, so they can focus their time and energy on building relationships and raising more for the missions that mean the most to them. 

    https://www.smallshopstrategies.com/

  • Nikki Bell

    Nikki Bell MinstF (Cert) is an award-winning relationship fundraiser, #SocialCEO Rising Star winner, and international speaker. Nikki has used and taught self-shot video techniques to hundreds of fundraisers and charity teams across the UK and Europe; resulting in multiple five-figure partnerships, supporter recruitment, and increased engagement.

    With a certificate in fundraising and over eight years’ experience...

    linkedin.com/in/nikki-bell/

  • Gregg Bossen

    Gregg S. Bossen, CPA is the owner of his own CPA firm in Atlanta, GA. Since 2000, Gregg has been teaching QuickBooks seminars around the country for various groups, conducting webinars, providing technical support to hundreds of clients, one-one-one consulting, and offering industry-specific streamable video training: "QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits: The Essentials" and "Beyond the Essentials". 

    greggbossen.com

  • Jeff Brooks

    Jeff Brooks has served the nonprofit community for more than 25 years, working as a writer and creative director on behalf of large and small nonprofits, including CARE, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, World Vision, Feeding America, Project HOPE, and dozens of urban rescue missions and Salvation Army divisions.  He has planned and executed hundreds of campaigns in direct mail, print, radio, the internet, and...

    www.jeff-brooks.com

  • Maria Bryan

    Maria Bryan is a nonprofit messaging strategist and trainer who helps nonprofit leaders tell powerful and impactful stories that do no harm. Over the past 15 years in the nonprofit and public sector, she has trained thousands glo...

    www.mariabryan.com/

  • Robin Cabral

    Robin L. Cabral, MA, CFRE and Principal of Development Consulting Solutions, is the one and only outsourced development professional with close to twenty-five years’ experience providing value-added interim development staffing and consulting services with razor-sharp monthly result objectives and benchmarked deliverables.

    With her over twenty years’ experience, she has raised millions of dollars for small to mid-sized organiza...

    www.developmentconsultingsolutions.com

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    Canva for Nonprofits is the design tool made with nonprofits in mind. Discover the easy way to create high-impact social media graphics and marketing materials.

    As a nonprofit, you know the importance – and challenges – of spreading the word. With our free Canva for Nonprofits program, you get access to premi...

    https://www.canva.com/

  • Denisa Casement

    Denisa has 21 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, strategy, multi-channel marketing, and donor-centered communications to drive retention and growth. She is founder and CEO of The Casement Group, an international team of experts focused on helping nonprofits grow sustainable fundraising with donor-centered communications, superior donor care, and measuring what matt...

    www.thecasementgroup.com/home

  • Simon Choy

    Simon Choy is the founder of ConnectAd, a company that helps nonprofits get and manage Google Grants campaigns.

    His story begins in 2010, in his graduating year at the Richard Ivey School of Business. He had just finished a summer internship in internet marketing where he learned all about Google AdWords advertising. Through...

    www.connectad.ca

  • Claudia Cometa

    Dr. Claudia Cometa is a clinical pharmacist by profession, private patient advocate by passion, and certified meditation teacher.

    She has seen and experienced first-hand what burnout looks like as overworked healthcare professional. After over a decade of attempting to give of herself to her work and her pat...

    https://www.peaceadvocacygroup.com/

  • Kelly Cristaldi

    Kelly Cristaldi joined Virtuous two years ago and serves as the company’s Sr. Product Marketing Manager. In that role, she helps oversee product marketing and customer marketing and is responsible for actively promoting Virtuous’s suite of products and demonstrating its position as a nonprofit industry leader. 

    ...

    https://virtuous.org/

  • Raffi DerSimonian

    Raffi DerSimonian specializes in helping nonprofit organizations and institutions drive measurable engagement. Having served in various leadership positions in marketing, communications and advancement at academic institutions around New England, his approach is rooted in conducting immersive research, extrapolating key themes from stakeholder dialogue, and aligning goals, objectives, and strategy.

    https://www.dersimonian.com/

  • Megan Donahue

    When Megan Donahue wrote her first annual report content over a decade ago, it was love at first sight. Since then, she’s been a passionate advocate for annual reports as a powerful donor cultivation tool for organizations large and small. She’s written about annual report best practices for various outlets and consults on nonprofit communications for small...

    https://donahuewritingchicago.com/

  • Roxanne Eflin

    Roxanne Eflin, M.A., GPC, CITM, serves on the Board of the Grants Professionals Association/Colorado Chapter as Programs Committee Chair. She has written, secured, and managed hundreds of grants over her 38-year career. Roxanne has held the position of Executive Director for three statewide nonprofit organizations. She was the Senior Manager of Grants and Innovation, where she worked with leadership to develop the organi...

    https://www.dhleonardconsulting.com/

  • Allison Ehrich Bernstein

    Allison Ehrich Bernstein is a communications strategist, speechwriter, and editor through her consulting firm, Allative Communications. Since 2017, she has worked with nonprofits and mission-driven organizations to turn good work into great communications. Current and past clients include the Agricultural Viability Alliance, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, MIT Solve,

    https://allativecommunications.com/

  • Shereese Floyd

    Shereese Floyd is an executive coach and marketing consultant who specializes in personal and professional development. Her experience includes a range of programs and initiatives for team building, culture, organization design, and facilitation. Prior to starting Witness My Life, she spent over 20 years in nonprofit marketing as the director of marketing and development where she helped organizations increase revenue wi...

  • Caroline Fothergill

    Caroline Fothergill lives in an RV and travels the U.S. while helping nonprofits bring in new fans and funds with strategic marketing and communications. As a consultant and freelancer, she supports organizations across a range of cause areas with marketing and campaign strategies, rebrands, website redes...

    bloomerang.co/blog/author/caroline-fothergill/

  • Brian Frankel

    Brian Frankel is a multinational organizational development consultant who works with senior management on strategies to generate revenue, automate marketing, tackle process challenges and train teams. 

    His global client roster includes Coca Cola, MySpace, Creative Artists Agency, Spin Media and Bahrain Development Bank, as well as management consulting firms, family offices, and celebrities. R...

  • Caliopy Glaros

    Caliopy Glaros helps organizations transform their donor engagement strategies into catalysts for positive social change. As a consultant for Philanthropy without Borders, she works with organizations to create impactful virtual and in-person opportunities for donors to connect directly to the programs they support.

    philanthropywithoutborders.com/

  • Ephraim Gopin

    Ephraim Gopin spent almost two decades in the nonprofit sector wearing all the hats: CEO, fundraiser, alumni director, grant writer, event organizer, marketing and communications director. This included three years as communications director for a global family foundation, transforming them into a thought leader and positioning them as the leading voice in the g...

    https://1832communications.com/

  • Meredith Gray

    Meredith Gray - Head of Marketing at Keela

    Meredith has always had a passion for work that makes an impact. Having spent nearly a decade working in fundraising, she loves helping nonprofits build smart fundraising strategies. From peer-to-peer to sponsorship, Meredith's work has contributed to the fundrai...

    https://www.keela.co/

  • Chris Hammond

    Chris is the CEO and Founder of Corporate Giving Connection (CGC). CGC is a full service development, marketing, and corporate social responsibility consulting firm that focuses on strategic planning and implementation for nonprofit organizations and corporations. Chris has 11+ years of event management and 9+ years of nonprofit fundraising consulting & leadership experience. He holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in Public Policy and Administration from...

    https://cgcgiving.com/

  • Jeremy Haselwood

    Jeremy Haselwood is a marketing and business expert with over 20 years of experience. With a degree in Marketing and a MBA, Jeremy has held leadership positions at multiple marketing agencies, leading digital strategy for brands like Coca-Cola and The Salvation Army. The digital and social media strategies he orchestrated helped nonprofits generate over $100 million in...

    https://www.jeremyhaselwood.com/

  • Daryl Hatton

    Daryl Hatton leads FundRazr, an innovative, award-winning impact crowdfunding platform.

    He is a serial entrepreneur who loves the challenge of building companies from scratch and has founded multiple start-ups. Daryl is frequently called upon for expert commentary on nonprofit fundraising and crowdfunding topics for media si...

    https://fundrazr.com/

  • Micah James

    I am the Manager of the Professional Services Team at Bloomerang/Kindful. I have experience as a non-profit development director, and I am a Certified Fund Raising Executive. I serve on the board of the Oklahoma Council for Economic Education, whose mission is to promote economic education and financial literacy education in Oklahoma. I am passionate about equipping non-profits with the resources they need to be successf...

    https://bloomerang.co/

  • Jas Jhooty

    Jas has been part of the fundraising world for over 16 years, spending 10 of those at BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, where she led various programs that raised over $70,000,000 under her leadership, including monthly giving, a program that tripled in revenue during her time. Jas is now a fundraising consultant and works with charities from across North America.&nbs...

  • Chris Johnson, CRA, RSM

    Chris has over 17 years of cradle-to-grave grant management experience. Starting in 2003 she began pre-award management of several grant applications while working as...

    https://www.dhleonardconsulting.com/

  • Floyd Jones

    Floyd Jones serves as the Director of Community & Partnerships at Givebutter, the world’s first completely free end-to-end fundraising platform powering $700M+ in donations for millions of changemakers, where he supports the company’s growth strategy via partnerships, sponsorships, strategic campaigns, and special events.

    https://givebutter.com/

  • Susan Kahan

    With more than a decade working in the nonprofit sector, Susan Kahan is passionate about the power of philanthropy and helping organizations meet and exceed their goals to fulfill their missions. 

    Based in Chicago, Susan has experience working with major gifts, mid-level donors, planned giving, capita...

    https://sapphirefundraisingspecialists.com/

  • Ilia Khairetdinov

    Ilia Khairetdinov, Growth Specialist at ConnectAd, spends his days discussing strategy and growth with nonprofits. His extensive experience in the nonprofit and start-up space allows him to deeply understand the challenges organizations face, particularly when it comes to digital marketing and strategy.

    www.connectad.ca

  • Josh Kligman

    Josh Kligman is the CEO of Yearly and has been working with nonprofits on annual reports, brand and partnerships since 2011. Josh is helping 2,000+ nonprofits create more engaging annual reports with Yearly. Throughout his career he has helped launch and run nonprofit brand campaigns and media partnerships nationally and locally for 10 years, using television, radio and web, to amplify the reach of campaigns and provide...

    https://yearly.report/

  • Cherian Koshy

    Cherian Koshy is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP), & AFP Master Trainer. Cherian is the Chief Development Officer and principal at Endowment Partners, an investment management firm that solely focuses on nonprofits, foundations, and endowments.

    He curre...

  • Brittany LaGanke

    Brittany serves as Vice President of Project Management at Corporate Giving Connection (CGC) after several years in the nonprofit sector. Initially starting her career in program management and later transitioning into development, Brittany has gained valuable insight into the common obstacles that organizations face while attempting to secure funding. 

    https://cgcgiving.com/

  • Marcelle Lee

    Marcelle Lee is a cybersecurity researcher and adjunct professor and training consultant.  She specializes in cybercrime, digital forensics, and threat research and is passionate about educating end-users about security. She is involved with many industry organizations, working groups, and boards, including the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu, Infragard Maryland, the NIST Cyber Competitions Working Grou...

    https://womenscyberjutsu.org/

  • Diane Leonard, GPC

    Diane H. Leonard, GPC, RST is a Grant Professional Certified (GPC), Approved Trainer of the Grant Professionals Association, and a Registered Scrum Trainer.

    Diane began her career as a Program Officer for a state-w...

    www.dhleonardconsulting.com

  • Mariah Monique

    Mariah Monique, CEO of The Sponsorship Catalyst, teaches nonprofit organizations how to position themselves to secure event sponsors. For the last 10 years, she has built strategic partnerships at the federal, local, and county levels. Mariah's expertise and perspective is a trifecta. She not only coaches nonprofits sponsorship strategies, but she has also secured sponsorship dollars from major corporations...

  • Matthew Montoya

    Matthew Montoya has crisscrossed the country over the last 12 years to 46 states, helping, in-person, over 14,000 small businesses and nonprofits better understand how digital marketing can affect growth and what utilizing best practices can mean to the bottom line. 

    In his 21 years in marketing, he’s worked o...

    www.constantcontact.com

  • Julie Paynotta, GPC, RSM

    Julie Paynotta is a Grant Professional Certified (GPC) and an approved Trainer for the Grant Professionals Association. She has over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, the last 7 of which have been in the grants profession. She has earned professional certification in grant writing, grant management, and program evaluation from the University of Colo...

    https://www.dhleonardconsulting.com/

  • Ligia Pena

    Ligia Peña, CFRE, MInstF is President of GlobetrottingFundraiser where she specializes in helping nonprofits with their fundraising and legacy strategy. She's also a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kent, researching national legacy marketing campaigns as a tool to change society’s behavior towards gifts in wills. As an AFP Master Trainer, she’s trained countless fundraisers around the globe. She's a sought-after and seasoned internati...

    globetrottingfundraiser.com

  • Maggie Perry, GPC, RSM

    Maggie has been a grant professional for over 9 years, her primary experience is in government grants. Maggie is experienced in all aspects of proposal writing and post-award management. She is very passionate about the grant world and loves helping organizations fund their programs and support their mission. Maggie started working as a consultant in 2017 and received her GPC in 2019, this has helped her enter into the n...

    https://www.dhleonardconsulting.com/

  • Angela Pitter

    Angela is the Founder and CEO of LiveWire Collaborative, a digital marketing consultancy. LiveWire Collaborative helps nonprofits and board members to tap into digital marketing solutions that unleash their brand's full potential. Over the years, they've worked with a variety of nonprofits from the Urban Farming Institute of Boston (UFI), Preservation of Affordable Housing(POAH), to the West Suburban YMC...

  • Alice Ruhnke

    Alice is the President of GrantStation. She joined the team after 20 years of working in or with the nonprofit community. In the trenches, she raised over $45 million and worked with hundreds of organizations to help them increase their capacity to raise funds. Alice is the organization's content expert and is responsible for online education, partnership development, and working with the talented GrantStation staff...

    https://grantstation.com/

  • Brian Saber

    Brian is one of the field’s preeminent experts on the art and science of asking for charitable gifts face-to-face.  He has spent more than 30 years working in the non-profit world and has personally solicited thousands of donors as a director of development, executive director, board member, and consultant.

    Brian harnessed all that frontline experience to become a sought-after trainer, coach and consultant a...

    www.askingmatters.com

  • Simon Scriver

    Simon Scriver is a professional fundraising consultant, coach, trainer and practitioner. Having worked in call centers and run his own Telephone Fundraising Agency, he has helped hundreds of small and big non-profits use the phone to raise more. Combined with experience as Head of Fundraising in a small...

  • Taylor Shanklin

    Taylor is a TEDx speaker, podcast host + producer, and marketing innovator in the social impact sector. She speaks regularly at global conferences such as AFP ICON and The Nonprofit Technology Conference, and she has helped hundreds of organizations tell their story in digital channels. Taylor is the Founder and CEO of Barlele, a brand and marketing strategy firm that helps mission-focused businesses and nonpro...

    https://www.barlele.com/

  • Dana Snyder

    Dana Snyder is the founder and CEO of Positive Equation, a digital consultancy focused on empowering nonprofit marketers with the tools and resources to build impactful digital strategies. 

    Dana has worked with Movember, Dress for Success, USTA, American Idol, Empire, The Gary Sinise Foundation, Ha...

    http://www.positiveequation.com

  • Shelly St. John

    Shelly St John has over 30 years of experience developing and implementing marketing and fundraising plans for for-profit and nonprofit organizations and has served as a live charity auctioneer over the last 15 years.

    1. Conducted over 700 events as Auctioneer, Emcee, and Speaker<...

      https://www.theauctiondivas.com/

  • Michelle Stein

    Michelle Stein, founder of Handmade Fundraising, is a fundraising consultant who specializes in relationship fundraising. She has worked in charities spanning faith, international development and arts and heritage, most recently...

    https://www.handmadefundraising.com/

  • A.J. Steinberg

    A.J. Steinberg, founder of Queen Bee Fundraising, has been creating outstanding special events since 1999. 

    In 2015 A.J. created Queen Bee Fundraising which focuses on the art of nonprofit special event management.  Along with producing nonprofit events, A.J. teaches volunteers and professionals the strategies for p...

    www.queenbeefundraising.com

  • Kurt Steiner

    Kurt Steiner is the founder and CEO of CharityHowTo, NonprofitLibrary, and Nonprofit Apps! CharityHowTo started in 2008 and is a community of several hundred thousand nonprofit professionals who attend the highest quality live and on-demand training available in the world.  

    Before founding these companies, Kurt hel...

    www.facebook.com/CharityHowTo

  • Dannielle Stewart

    Dannielle Stewart supports & grows the mission of nonprofits and Corporate Social Responsibility programs through strategic, well-researched marketing communications and high-quality video productions. 


    She works as a producer and...

    https://dannielle-stewart.com/

  • Erica Waasdorp

    Erica lives and breathes direct response fundraising. She says she can even be considered a Philanthropyholic. Building partnerships and trying to find the best solution for donors and her clients are what Erica does best. Her multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience bring added value to those clients interested in raising money internationally. And her experience in monthly giving has given her an edge for tho...

    www.adirectsolution.com

  • Osamu Wakabayashi

    Osamu loves helping nonprofit organizations leverage the power of the internet to grow their business. He has over 15 years of experience as a marketing and communication manager in both the private and public sectors. 

    Osamu knows that each nonprofit has its own objectives, so he makes it a priority to...

    https://zenideas.ca/

  • Sabrina Walker Hernandez

    Sabrina is the President and CEO of Supporting World Hope, a nonprofit consultancy focused on helping small nonprofits Board and Staff build relationships that convert into more donations. 

    Sabrina increased her operation revenue from $750K to $2.5M over an 8-year period, completed a $12M comprehensiv...

    https://supportingworldhope.com/

  • Joe Waters

    Joe knows exactly what it's like to be raising money for a small nonprofit with cause marketing. He's been doing it successfully for over six years for Boston Medical Center that is vying for attention in a crowded market of top medical facilities. Nevertheless, Joe has worked with many local and national companies on cause marketing programs. One business partner just celebrated raising a million dollars for his...

    www.selfishgiving.com