Supporting exceptional careers in philanthropy

Strategic thought partnership

Confidential advising for leaders who are driving significant change, who desire transformational growth, and/or who are new to their roles or are forging new CEO-CDO partnerships.

The ALG Approach:

Advising is tailored to the needs of the client and might include

  • Audit/assessment of the fundraising program, structure, and staff;
  • Assessment of the viability of an internal promotion to CDO and assistance in transitioning an internal candidate into the role;
  • Supporting the successful launch of a new CDO—providing thought partnership in his/her first 6-12 months, providing counsel and training around issues such as working with boards, serving as a cabinet member, organizing teams for maximum return on investment, building consensus across the organization, etc.;
  • Discussion of board size, expectations, and roles in fundraising;
  • Discussion of appropriate levels and phasing of investments in the fundraising program; and
  • Discussion of any number of topics related to philanthropy and nonprofit leadership, where the availability of a confidential sounding board and an additional perspective—for CEO and/or CDO—would prove valuable.

Outcomes You Can Expect:

  • Achievement of specified objectives for each engagement
  • Improved knowledge, confidence, and effectiveness of the CEO and/or CDO


 “The Aspen Leadership Group has provided thought partnership and served as a confidential sounding board for several years. Their advice and assistance has been of tremendous value to me and to my leadership colleagues, including our board members. I highly recommend ALG to every senior leader charged with building boards and strengthening fundraising.”

Jim Hake, CEO, Spirit of America


“The Aspen Leadership Group has provided invaluable counsel to me as Executive Director, to our board committees, and to our development staff, helping us strengthen our culture of philanthropy and transform our fundraising efforts and results. I highly recommend their thought partnership services to other executives!”

Nancy Wilhelms, Executive Director, Anderson Ranch Arts Center


For More Information, Contact:

Susan Faraone
Senior Consultant