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About Linda C. Hartley

Linda C. Hartley

Linda C. Hartley offers an integrated approach to planning and development that is informed by an MBA in management from NYU and more than 30 years experience in meeting fund-raising goals, working with and training volunteer leadership, directing capital campaigns, and managing development and communications programs for both large and small nonprofit organizations.

Prior to establishing Hartley Consulting, Ms. Hartley was Vice President for External Affairs at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, responsible for raising $7-8 million annually, recruiting and restructuring a staff of 30 and developing plans for a $200 million capital campaign.  As Associate Vice President of Bard College she helped plan and implement a $134 million capital campaign; reconstituted the College’s planned giving program; built an advisory board and established the first professional development operation for Bard Graduate Center, increasing its annual giving from $375,000 to $1.2 million in the first 20 months. 

As associate dean at Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, she led a staff of seven responsible for raising $6 million annually; increased the annual fund by 10% in the first 18 months and developed a plan for $50 million capital campaign.  Previously, she led development, campaign and major-planned gift efforts at the New School, The New York Public Library, and New York University.

Teaching & Training Experience

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, New York University: Master of Science course, Philanthropy and Fundraising: Theory and Practices (culminating in a development plan), a summer intensive on major gifts, and development of a new course, The American Model of Philanthropy
  • Seminars on nonprofit ethics, advocacy and the law at professional conferences and Columbia University, American Technion Society, and the Foundation Center
  • Board governance and recruitment seminars and webinars on “Building Strong, Healthy Boards” at The Nonprofit Leadership School, NYU, and the regional Nonprofit Leadership Summit at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

Volunteer Leadership

  • Board Vice President, Development for New York Women’s Agenda; previously Vice President, Communications and co-chair, Government Affairs. Member of the most recent Strategic Planning Task Force. NYWA is a coalition of 100 women’s organizations.
  • Co-Chair of the Nonprofit Leadership Summit, an annual conference to encourage collaboration, innovation advocacy and support for regional nonprofits in New York, and major gift co-chair for AFP’s Fund Raising Day in New York, the largest single-day conference on fundraising in the world.
  • Former board President of Women in Development, New York; incorporated the organization, led a strategic branding and planning effort and renamed it from WIFD (Women in Financial Development) to WID.  Membership has since more than doubled from 350 to 800.
  • Former board Vice President, Governance and Public Policy, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater New York: led strategic planning initiative and advocacy efforts for ethics education and reasonable nonprofit regulation.

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Hartley Consulting Associates

Patricia Caesar

Special Counsel

Ms. Caesar is currently Chief of Staff at the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence and formerly President of the Caesar Consulting Group, providing strategic consulting services to nonprofit organizations and philanthropic institutions.

Prior, Caesar was President & CEO of the Marks Paneth Strategy Group and Chairman of Caesar & Washburn, Inc. Her nonprofit clients reflect a broad range of social and philanthropic issues, including the National Center for Children in Poverty, Network for Good, National Council on Economic Education, Public Radio Capital, American Lung Association, Entertainment Industry Foundation, InternationalPlanned Parenthood Federation, Global Nomads Group, Invisible Children, and Food Bank for New York City. Her foundation clients have included the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Bezos Family Foundation and Leir Foundation.

Susan Vitucci

Development Writer, Planning & Program Consultant

A seasoned arts administrator with extensive experience in corporate communications, strategic planning and non-profit administration, Vitucci has worked with major New York City organizations, including the 92nd Street YM-YWHA, the YMCA of Greater New York, God's Love We Deliver, DOROT, and The 52nd Street Project. Having begun her career at Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, VA, she later served as theatre administrator of the 92nd Street Y's Kaufmann Concert Hall.

As special assistant to the executive director she was liaison to the board of directors, worked on the Y's first major strategic plan, and wrote for its $40 million capital campaign. More recently, Vitucci was principal writer for the YMCA of Greater New York's $50 million Capital Campaign for Kids.

She serves on the advisory board and often works with the 52nd Street Project, a program that pairs children from New York's Clinton neighborhood with theatrical professionals to make theatre, and edited 52 Pick-up: A Guide to Making Theater with Children by Willie Reale. She holds an MFA in theatre administration from the Yale School of Drama and is currently pursuing writing, teaching and independent producing projects.

Michelle Risley

Editor, Writer, and Development Coordinator

Ms. Risley has worked as an editor, editing consultant, and development coordinator in New York and London since 2004. She has a breadth of knowledge about publishing, media, and marketing, and has worked on projects in both the private and public sectors. As an assistant editor at Words Without Borders, an online literary magazine for literature in translation, Ms. Risley has edited fiction and essays from the world’s best-known writers. At WWB she built donor and prospect databases, conducted prospect research, organized board and development committee meetings, managed donor relations/stewardship, and coordinated membership appeals and mailings.

At The New Press, in addition to editorial responsibilities, she managed events, wrote press releases, and arranged author interviews for the publicity department. Freelance projects include copy-editing Beacon Press’s lead Spring 2006 title, My Sister, Guard Your Veil; My Brother, Guard Your Eyes, and analyzing the effectiveness of advertising campaigns for Marks & Spencer, the British retailer. Prior to her editorial career, Ms. Risley worked first as a public policy fellow for New York City’s welfare agency, the Human Resources Administration, and later as a policy analyst.

Risley graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University and holds a Master of Science in Diplomatic History from the London School of Economics. Her articles and reviews have appeared in Words Without Borders and on thenation.com, among other publications.

Jeffrey Lischin

Grant Writer and Education Consultant

Mr. Lischin has extensive experience working with charter schools in many states. He is the former vice president for education and youth development at the Urban League of Hudson County, NJ.

Lischin writes $1-4 million in approved grants annually and has written or co-written over 15 approved charter school applications in five states. He developed a Charter School Founder's Manual that has been published in two editions in New Jersey and Maryland.

Lischin also provides design, development and technical assistance for charter schools as well as project planning, prospect research, and program design/development services. Areas of concentration include education, employment training, at-risk youth, social services, daycare, after-school programs, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, services for homeless, community-based nonprofit organizations, charter schools, YouthBuild, AmeriCorps, school-to-work, and welfare-to-work.

He is a founding member/treasurer of the Nonprofit Consultants Collaborative, and holds an MA in Teaching from William Paterson College and a BA in Liberal Arts (special education, social work, psychology) from NYU.

Shannon Connelly

Adviser and Writer

Shannon Connelly is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art History at Rutgers University, where her work focuses on realism and radical politics in 1920s Karlsruhe. Her dissertation research has been supported by the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst), the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Dedalus Foundation. Previously, she worked as a grant writer and prospect researcher at Columbia University Medical Center and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Connelly is serving as a pro bono adviser to Hartley Consulting for under-resourced nonprofits while she completes her doctoral dissertation.