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About Me

Carolyn Bess (she/her)

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As a New York City and Boston-based development leader, I have worked in the nonprofit sector for my entire career, providing fundraising services to over 50 nonprofit organizations as development director, consultant, volunteer, and board member.


I've served nonprofit organizations with annual budgets between $1M and $30M, and I specialize in small-to-mid sized enterprises. My interest areas include human services, education, youth development, social justice, environment, and energy.

I am passionate about philanthropy. I believe in social change. I not only want to help my clients improve our society, but I also want to teach them to inspire donors to make a difference. My core belief is that people are more fulfilled when they are giving to others. From this basic principle, I am able to help nonprofit leaders develop their own skills and confidence in soliciting individuals, institutions, and government entities to support their work.


When I am not fundraising, I love to spend time with my kids at their baseball games, soccer practices, cross-country skiing trips, and hiking & kayaking adventures. A former marathon runner, I am a life-long fan of long distance hiking having completed the John Muir Trail and the Appalachian Trail. Currently, I live with my husband and three children in Boston and have three step-children living in LA, Portland, and upstate New York.

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How I Work

My consulting engagements last 6 - 18 months wherein I impart the skills necessary for my clients to sustain success on their own two feet.

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