Products & Services

- Assessing and Strengthening Communications Practices and Strategies

- Leadership Assessment and Executive Coaching

- Navigating Maryland's Governmental and Political Landscape

- Excellence in Execution: Redefining Workflow

- Strategic Planning and Evaluation: Using Logic Models

- Non-Profit Management and Development

Expanding Fundraising Capacity for Schools, Community Colleges & Non-Profits

Henry James said, "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." In order to make a difference, schools, colleges and non-profits often have to raise money from donors and work with volunteers to accomplish their fundraising goals.

Synergies Consulting Group has developed a series of handbooks to use with volunteer boards and staff to improve their fundraising effectiveness. Synergies consultants conduct half-day and full-day retreats that provide role-playing practice with real prospects. Volunteers and staff prepare for the "ask," practice making a request for support and plan the appropriate follow-up and recognition for donors. Often the training of volunteers is left to chance, but preparation and practice are more likely to make a difference!

For more information about customized training for your organization, please contact Dr. Mary Ellen Duncan at

Synergies Consulting Group is registered as Fundraising Counsel with the MD Secretary of State's Office and is an Associate Member of Maryland Non-Profits.

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