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“Steve’s insider knowledge and affable style really made the presentation. Our grants team found it informative, interactive, and fun!”

—Jill Schoer, VP of Development, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

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Access Philanthropy is unique

Access Philanthropy is an international and national philanthropy consulting firm specializing in helping organizations set and realize their fundraising goals, establish working relationships and partnerships with both funders and donors, and understand and build the infrastructure required to sustain their development efforts.

We have worked with hundreds of nonprofits locally and throughout the United States and internationally.

We help:

  • Nonprofits, schools and government agencies find the right resources and connect with funders
  • Foundations maximize their philanthropic impact
  • Businesses enhance or develop strategic community giving programs

What makes us different

Our extensive experience—nearly four decades—is rare among philanthropy consultants. Here’s what else sets us apart:

A seasoned, knowledgeable team

Members of our team have headed college development departments, foundations, museums, national fundraising organizations, corporate marketing departments and small start-up organizations. We know the world of philanthropy inside and out. We put that knowledge to work for you. 

Training and fieldwork

Our staff has provided training to more than 1,000 internationnational and local organizations in more than 40 states. Our training partners and clients have included the American Medical Association, the American Association of Community Colleges, the Canadian Cancer Society, New York University, the Conference Board, the National Indian Education Association and many more.


Access Philanthropy team members have authored over 30 books on topics including regional and national philanthropy, philanthropy for people of color, corporate giving, and niche funders. We’re the experts that other consultants look to.


For over 35 years, our team members have created marketing, fundraising, and communications materials for both major nonprofit organizations and for-profit corporations. We know what to say and how to say it to get results.

Database development and management

Our online database contains detailed profiles of over 3,100 funders and it’s always changing. We provide the most comprehensive information available on prospective funders. Don’t have a lot to spend? That’s okay. We offer short-term access to very focused lists, which don’t require long-term contracts or thousands of dollars in subscription fees.

Hands-on, in-depth support

Once you begin working with Access Philanthropy, we immerse ourselves in your world to fully understand your challenges and opportunities. We connect with your mission, goals and philosophy to ensure that our recommendations are spot on.

Learn how we work with clients