Deborah Kaplan Polivy, Ph.D.

Consultant in Fund Development and Board Management

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Thank you so much for all you have given our organization.  As our consultant, you went beyond the call of duty… I know it was frustrating at times, perhaps all of the time, but you consistently provided the support, feedback and advice we needed.  I have learned a tremendous amount from your approach to matters of fundraising and developing nonprofits… The wisdom you have imparted will enable us to continue to build and I am looking forward to experiencing tremendous success together.

— client

Deborah Polivy facilitating a workshop.

Dr. Polivy uses interactive workshops and case studies to involve stakeholders and help them understand not only good practices in fund raising, but also how various giving techniques operate and are appropriate for individual donors.  In creating a consultation plan, she works with decision makers of organizations in order to specifically identify the needs of the latter and she will frequently create a team of experts to help address those issues.

She provides the following services.

  • Board training on endowment development and overall fund raising strategies
  • Creation and implementation of fund raising plans
  • Readiness assessment  and preparation for planned giving, endowment and capital campaigns including the carrying out of feasibility studies
  • Review of fund raising departments including policies and procedures with recommendations for change along with timetables for implementation and ongoing coaching if requested
  • Mentoring of fund raising professionals
  • Facilitation of board and/or staff retreats
Deborah leading a workshop with Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven, Inc.

Deborah leading a workshop with Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven, Inc.