Our clients reflect our commitment to community and to changing the world for the better.

With offices in Bethesda, Maryland — just outside Washington, DC — Capacity Partners is ideally located to provide hands-on, customized consulting services to national and international nonprofits headquartered in the nation’s capital. We also serve a wide array of local and regional organizations in Greater Washington and beyond, including community services nonprofits, schools, arts organizations, and environmental groups.

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We’re privileged to play a part in the positive impact our nonprofit partners have in the world — globally and locally. Our clients include:

Acorn Hill > Study to evaluate long-term fundraising potential and short-term strategies

American Secondary Schools for International Students & Teachers (ASSIST) > U.S. and international foundation and corporate grant analysis

American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation > Special event guidance and support

Annapolis Film Festival > Board retreat facilitation

Appalachian Trail Conservancy > Board retreat facilitation

Ardmore Enterprises > Fundraising strategy development to build a constituency of support

Armed Services Arts Partnership > Individual giving consulting

Artivate > Board retreat facilitation

Arts for the Aging > Strategic planning; earned revenue feasibility study

Arts on the Block > Strategic planning facilitation

Association for Psychological Science > Leadership coaching to develop advanced fundraising skills

Association for Reproductive Healthcare > Strategic planning facilitation and executive search

Avalon Theatre Project > Campaign feasibility study, campaign counsel, and strategic planning

Bethesda Green > Grant-making and development consulting

Bethesda Metro Area Village > Board development and facilitation

Big Learning > Board retreat facilitation

BlackRock Center for the Arts > Development consulting to build high-end individual giving program

Canal Towns Partnership > One-day stakeholder retreat

Central Pennsylvania Conservancy > Strategic planning facilitation

Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) > Major gift prospect analysis

Chesapeake Montessori School > Board governance training and strategic planning

Coalition for the Homeless (DC) > Donor survey

Committee for Montgomery > Board Retreat Facilitation

Computer CORE > Interim executive director

Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County > Strategic fundraising planning and training

Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith) > Marketing/branding study, graphic design, and writing of annual report

Corporation for the National & Community Service > Design of strategic planning training guide (through Campaign Consultation)

Crossroads Community Food Network > Board retreat facilitation

DC Volunteer Lawyers Project > Strategic planning facilitation

Dialysis Patient Citizens > Fundraising strategy development

Dumbarton House > Strategic planning facilitation

Earthrights International > Capital campaign consulting

Eurythmy Spring Valley > Development consulting

EveryMind > Strategic planning board retreat

Fairfax Futures > Board retreat facilitation

Families USA > Major gifts consulting

Foundation for Jewish Studies > Board retreat

Foxie G Foundation > Feasibility study for a capital campaign

Friends Committee on National Legislation > Strategic planning-implementation plan

Friends Community School > Strategic planning counsel, capital campaign counsel, software selection

Friends of the Library Montgomery County > Consulting on fundraising and special events for 30th anniversary celebration

Friends of the Library Silver Spring > Development consulting

Gandhi Brigade Youth Media > Capital campaign counsel

Georgetown Business Improvement District > Strategic plan update

Grace Episcopal Day School > Campaign feasibility study, capital campaign counsel

Graceful Growing Together > Capital campaign planning

Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce > Strategic planning facilitation

GreenSPACE National Capital Region > Development consulting for corporate, foundation and in-kind giving

Greenwell Foundation > Board retreat and campaign presentation

Historical Society of Frederick County > Strategic planning retreat

Housing Unlimited, Inc. > Major gifts consulting

Interfaith Network of Montgomery County – Interfaith Works > Development consulting

Interfaith Works > Interim director of development

Jane Goodall Institute > Electronic database screening analysis, major gift prospect identification

Jemicy School > Capital campaign solicitation training

Jewish Democratic Council of America > Strategic planning facilitation

Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) > Strategic planning consulting

Literacy Council of Frederick County > Development assessment and planning

Manna Food Center > Capital campaign counsel

Many Voices > Organizational strategic planning and fundraising strategy

Mercy Centre Corporate and foundation research, and direct marketing proposal

Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL) > Strategic planning facilitation

Montgomery Women (pro bono) > Strategic planning facilitation

National Bonsai Foundation > Feasibility study and capital campaign management

National Society of Colonial Dames of America > Strategic planning facilitation

Next Step Public Charter School > Grant writing

Nonprofit Village > Board retreat facilitation

Open Arms Housing > Board retreat facilitation

Open World Leadership Center > Interim senior staffing to develop a comprehensive fundraising plan

Passion for Learning > Board retreat facilitation

Physicians for Social Responsibility > Analysis of major gifts potential and counsel for leadership giving programs

Potomac Crescent Waldorf School > Feasibility study and campaign counsel

Pratham USA > Major gifts and board governance workshop

Primary Care Coalition > Board retreat facilitation

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities > External development study and campaign planning

School for Friends > Campaign feasibility study, strategic planning, major gifts consultation

Shepherd’s Table > Board retreat facilitation

Sheridan School > Analysis of giving potential in preparation for a capital campaign

Siena School > Prospect research and development of annual fund ask amounts

Silver Spring Village > Board governance training

St. Coletta of Greater Washington > Strategic business planning

Stevenson University > Electronic database screening analysis

Textile Museum > Organizational strategic business plan with 3-year fundraising plan

The Puppet Company > Feasibility study for campaign to launch new arts nonprofit

Urban Alliance Foundation > Market study and strategic analysis, foundation prospect identification

Village Youth and Family Center > Board orientation training

Washington Waldorf School > Campaign counsel, interim staffing, website design, events management

Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School > Annual Fund and Corporate Giving Plans

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries > Capacity-building consultation: strategic planning, development planning, creation of new marketing materials

White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee > Focus groups

Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry (WBL) > Strategic planning facilitation

“Dear Sara, thank you so much for leading an excellent training, and providing all of these great resources! We’re excited to dive in, and grateful for your expertise to guide us!”

-Christie Balch, Executive Director, Crossroads Community Food Network (August 2018)

 

“Capacity Partners organized and focused us on both the possibilities and impossibilities of our development program, directing our energies in places that would be most productive, and we’ve been using Julie Crudele’s well-documented road map for the past year and a half.”

-Ambassador John O’Keefe, Executive Director, Open World Leadership Center

 

“Given the wide range of nonprofits, it was really a testament to your expertise and experience that your presentation was so relevant and useful. Your explanation of the funding models was spot on; it helped put into focus where to direct most of our development efforts. The workshop was not only extremely informative for each of us who were lucky enough to have attended but also energizing.  After the event, the parking lot was buzzing with conversation and plans.”

-Linda Madden, Director of Development, MobileMed

 

“Sara Watkins is knowledgeable, collaborative, and creative. She is both grounded and inspirational, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the process. Sara does not use boilerplate; instead she tailors her work to meet the particular needs of an organization. She gave us a process that’s in progress to improve the effectiveness of our board of directors.”

-Elaine Amir, President, Foundation for Jewish Studies

 

“Mary and Sara put into place a comprehensive schedule and worked closely with staff and board members. They were excellent at listening to different points of view and incorporating them into the process. It is hard to describe the innate ability that both Mary and Sara have to facilitate an inclusive discussion, handle differing points of view, and synthesize comments into actionable steps. I think the entire board felt included and able to share their opinions.”

-Kathy Stevens, Executive Director, MCAEL

 

“Julie did a wonderful job of helping our Board to become more philanthropic, and she has a plenitude of real-world experience with nonprofit organizations and capital campaigns. She was very competent in developing an excellent fundraising plan for the National Bonsai Foundation — and very dedicated in carrying it to fruition.”

-Felix Laughlin, President, National Bonsai Foundation

 

“After the film festival’s inaugural year, we brought in Capacity Partners to facilitate a board retreat. Sara Watkins was especially good at keeping the group on track while capturing key points, and she enabled us to make a lot of progress. Since the retreat, our board meetings have been more organized and more constructive.”

-Rick Foster, Board President, Annapolis Film Festival

 

“We felt daunted by the idea of raising 50 times our annual giving fund in our first capital campaign, but Capacity Partners’ expertise and leadership empowered our volunteers to exceed the fundraising goal.”

-Mary Kate O’Neill, Grounding Our Future Campaign Chair, Friends Community School

 

“Mary Robinson’s brilliant guidance carried us to an unexpected and exciting outcome, and we now have much greater clarity about where we are headed and how to move forward.”

-Ann Thompson Cook, Co-Director, Many Voices

 

“Capacity Partners was invaluable in helping us to assess our strategic position relative to our financial plans — and in setting us on the right path to revise our strategic vision.”

-Mary Menell Zients, Board Chair and Founder, Urban Alliance Foundation

 

“We hired Capacity Partners to provide Board solicitation training for our capital campaign. Mary Robinson quickly picked upon our unique culture, and she was responsive to all our needs in a timely fashion. We highly recommend her services.

-Jane Evans, Director of Development, Jemicy School

 

“The Capacity Partners team is always very responsive and hands-on. They conducted a feasibility study that was incredibly helpful to our Board as we decided how to move forward, and now they are helping insure the success of our fundraising campaign for the Japanese Pavilion.”

-Johann F. Klodzen, Executive Director, National Bonsai Foundation

 

“Mary Robinson was very effective in moving us forward. She channeled our group’s enthusiasm to keep us on track and help us create a cohesive strategic plan. With her guidance, we were able to identify some powerful new strategic goals that are furthering our mission and expanding our membership.”

-Jennifer Russel, Chair, Montgomery Women

 

“Capacity Partners enabled us to map the landscape of possible foundations attuned to our mission, and their deftness at massaging large foundation and corporation databases is impressive.”

-Meg Milne Moulton, VP for Advancement, ASSIST

 

“Capacity Partners organized and focused us on both the possibilities and impossibilities of our development program, directing our energies in places that would be most productive, and we’ve been using Julie Crudele’s well-documented road map for the past year and a half.”

-Ambassador John O’Keefe, Executive Director, Open World Leadership Center

 

“Working with Capacity Partners was a really good decision. Mary Robinson helped us deliver a new strategic plan on a tight timeline, but the process was never superficial or formulaic. She pushed us to be very specific and intentional, and she pulled out underlying themes we might have missed.”

-Lori Kaplan, President & CEO, Latin American Youth Center

 

“Capacity Partners provided insightful guidance that drew on extensive experience working with schools — but that also reflected a clear understanding of our school’s unique strengths and challenges.”

-Joanna Tobin, Board of Trustees, Chesapeake Montessori School

 

“When our school faced a major financial crisis, Capacity Partners worked hand-in-hand with the Board, staff and parents to craft a plan that mobilized our community and ensured the school’s survival.”

-Alden Meyer, Former Board Chair, Washington Waldorf School

 

“In the infancy of our campaign, Capacity Partners provided analysis and strategic direction. They became part of our team and gave us the confidence to move forward with our ambitious goals.”

-Lindsay Hance Kosnik, Former VP, Jane Goodall Institute

Our clients reflect our commitment to community and to changing the world for the better.

With offices in Bethesda, Maryland — just outside Washington, DC — Capacity Partners is ideally located to provide hands-on, customized consulting services to national and international nonprofits headquartered in the nation’s capital. We also serve a wide array of local and regional organizations in Greater Washington and beyond, including community services nonprofits, schools, arts organizations, and environmental groups.

View Case Studies

We’re privileged to play a part in the positive impact our nonprofit partners have in the world — globally and locally. Our clients include:

Acorn Hill > Study to evaluate long-term fundraising potential and short-term strategies

American Secondary Schools for International Students & Teachers (ASSIST) > U.S. and international foundation and corporate grant analysis

American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation > Special event guidance and support

Annapolis Film Festival > Board retreat facilitation

Appalachian Trail Conservancy > Board retreat facilitation

Ardmore Enterprises > Fundraising strategy development to build a constituency of support

Armed Services Arts Partnership > Individual giving consulting

Artivate > Board retreat facilitation

Arts for the Aging > Strategic planning; earned revenue feasibility study

Arts on the Block > Strategic planning facilitation

Association for Psychological Science > Leadership coaching to develop advanced fundraising skills

Association for Reproductive Healthcare > Strategic planning facilitation and executive search

Avalon Theatre Project > Campaign feasibility study, campaign counsel, and strategic planning

Bethesda Green > Grant-making and development consulting

Bethesda Metro Area Village > Board development and facilitation

Big Learning > Board retreat facilitation

BlackRock Center for the Arts > Development consulting to build high-end individual giving program

Canal Towns Partnership > One-day stakeholder retreat

Central Pennsylvania Conservancy > Strategic planning facilitation

Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) > Major gift prospect analysis

Chesapeake Montessori School > Board governance training and strategic planning

Coalition for the Homeless (DC) > Donor survey

Committee for Montgomery > Board Retreat Facilitation

Computer CORE > Interim executive director

Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County > Strategic fundraising planning and training

Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith) > Marketing/branding study, graphic design, and writing of annual report

Corporation for the National & Community Service > Design of strategic planning training guide (through Campaign Consultation)

Crossroads Community Food Network > Board retreat facilitation

DC Volunteer Lawyers Project > Strategic planning facilitation

Dialysis Patient Citizens > Fundraising strategy development

Dumbarton House > Strategic planning facilitation

Earthrights International > Capital campaign consulting

Eurythmy Spring Valley > Development consulting

EveryMind > Strategic planning board retreat

Fairfax Futures > Board retreat facilitation

Families USA > Major gifts consulting

Foundation for Jewish Studies > Board retreat

Foxie G Foundation > Feasibility study for a capital campaign

Friends Committee on National Legislation > Strategic planning-implementation plan

Friends Community School > Strategic planning counsel, capital campaign counsel, software selection

Friends of the Library Montgomery County > Consulting on fundraising and special events for 30th anniversary celebration

Friends of the Library Silver Spring > Development consulting

Gandhi Brigade Youth Media > Capital campaign counsel

Georgetown Business Improvement District > Strategic plan update

Grace Episcopal Day School > Campaign feasibility study, capital campaign counsel

Graceful Growing Together > Capital campaign planning

Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce > Strategic planning facilitation

GreenSPACE National Capital Region > Development consulting for corporate, foundation and in-kind giving

Greenwell Foundation > Board retreat and campaign presentation

Historical Society of Frederick County > Strategic planning retreat

Housing Unlimited, Inc. > Major gifts consulting

Interfaith Network of Montgomery County – Interfaith Works > Development consulting

Interfaith Works > Interim director of development

Jane Goodall Institute > Electronic database screening analysis, major gift prospect identification

Jemicy School > Capital campaign solicitation training

Jewish Democratic Council of America > Strategic planning facilitation

Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) > Strategic planning consulting

Literacy Council of Frederick County > Development assessment and planning

Manna Food Center > Capital campaign counsel

Many Voices > Organizational strategic planning and fundraising strategy

Mercy Centre Corporate and foundation research, and direct marketing proposal

Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL) > Strategic planning facilitation

Montgomery Women (pro bono) > Strategic planning facilitation

National Bonsai Foundation > Feasibility study and capital campaign management

National Society of Colonial Dames of America > Strategic planning facilitation

Next Step Public Charter School > Grant writing

Nonprofit Village > Board retreat facilitation

Open Arms Housing > Board retreat facilitation

Open World Leadership Center > Interim senior staffing to develop a comprehensive fundraising plan

Passion for Learning > Board retreat facilitation

Physicians for Social Responsibility > Analysis of major gifts potential and counsel for leadership giving programs

Potomac Crescent Waldorf School > Feasibility study and campaign counsel

Pratham USA > Major gifts and board governance workshop

Primary Care Coalition > Board retreat facilitation

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities > External development study and campaign planning

School for Friends > Campaign feasibility study, strategic planning, major gifts consultation

Shepherd’s Table > Board retreat facilitation

Sheridan School > Analysis of giving potential in preparation for a capital campaign

Siena School > Prospect research and development of annual fund ask amounts

Silver Spring Village > Board governance training

St. Coletta of Greater Washington > Strategic business planning

Stevenson University > Electronic database screening analysis

Textile Museum > Organizational strategic business plan with 3-year fundraising plan

The Puppet Company > Feasibility study for campaign to launch new arts nonprofit

Urban Alliance Foundation > Market study and strategic analysis, foundation prospect identification

Village Youth and Family Center > Board orientation training

Washington Waldorf School > Campaign counsel, interim staffing, website design, events management

Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School > Annual Fund and Corporate Giving Plans

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries > Capacity-building consultation: strategic planning, development planning, creation of new marketing materials

White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee > Focus groups

Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry (WBL) > Strategic planning facilitation