We are grateful to the experts in various fields who share their vast knowledge with local nonprofits through Impact Foundry educational programs.

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Sally H. Coates Consulting

Sally Coates

Sally has over 30 years of both professional and volunteer nonprofit experience.  Her three Executive Director positions have been with the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program in San Francisco, Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of California and the San Francisco Bay Area affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Sally currently serves on the boards of the Episcopal Senior Communities Foundation and Friends of Child Advocates of Placer County.  Highlights of her volunteer experience include President of the Junior League of San Francisco (1995-96), as Chair of the Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind (2002-04) and as Chair of Episcopal Community Services of America (2006-2009).

Professionally she is on the faculty of the Impact Foundry teaching courses in non-profit organizational development and finance. She also is an operating partner in a family-owned company, Crystal Bay Solutions that consults on and develops integrated software solutions for a wide range of non-profit workflow management challenges.

She has used her professional and volunteer experiences to start her own non-profit consulting company mentoring and coaching non-profit executives and boards as well as consulting on strategic planning, organizational development and team alignment and productivity improvement.

Sally and her husband Cullen live in Lincoln, CA and have two grown children, Elizabeth Coates James, and Alexander Cullen Coates.

Sally Coates Consulting:http://www.sallycoates.net/

Patrick Bell

Patrick Bell has over 50 years of experience in all aspects of nonprofits, as volunteer, board member and consultant to over 200 organizations. He has held several senior positions in nonprofits, including two years in a successful turnaround as Interim Executive Director, where he also trained and developed his replacement.  He is currently retired.

What past workshop participants had to say:

“Outstanding level of detail and expertise provided by Patrick Bell’s many years of experience.”

“It was clear, to the point and fun.”

“I liked the causal structure of the workshop that left room for lots of questions and participant discussion while still covering the material.”

The Kiln

Briana Ezzell

Briana believes in good storytelling and she likes to manifest money. Her passion for helping people create impact is what drives her. With twenty years of experience working in non-profit organizations, she has come to realize that there is a better way to do business and level the playing field. Throughout her career, she has raised over $4.5 million for non-profits, managed capital campaigns, and more than doubled funding for programs. She embraces hustle and grit to find purpose behind motivations and sift through stories to uncover the magical moments that inspire philanthropy.

Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Scott E. Galbreath

Scott E. Galbreath leads the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Team at Murphy Austin but also practices in the tax exempt organization area.  He has more than 30 years of experience in the tax-exempt organization area, including establishing nonprofit corporations and obtaining recognition of exempt status; advising on unrelated business income tax, private foundation status, commercial co-ventures, and private inurement.


Murphy Austin :http://www.murphyaustin.com/

Team Giving

Trudy Harris

Team Giving inspires, guides and advocates for local non-profits

by matching them with volunteers to complete volunteer projects.  Our innovative approach addresses vital community needs while building partnerships between businesses, individuals, service clubs and the nonprofit community.

By connecting interested individuals and groups with non-profits that need their time and talents, Team Giving reduces the burden on non-profits and provides community members with an easy and meaningful way to help improve and strengthen their communities.

Since opening our doors in February of 2016, we have partnered with over 60 non-profit organizations in the greater Sacramento region. We have coordinated with over 1400 volunteers and facilitated 7200+ completed volunteer hours, all to serve those most in need.

Team Giving is creating lasting relationships between volunteer groups and nonprofits in their communities. At Team Giving we inspire compassion and promote giving and our work supports personal growth and community development.

By building these relationships, we create the potential for long-term impact in the community.  We create viable connections between those who want to give their time and talents and the nonprofit communities.  Volunteers generate additional resources for the people served and help nonprofits meet their missions and goals.

Please visit our website at teamgiving.org for more information on what we do and how we help in the community.

We look forward to working with you to match your volunteer needs.


Miriam Houghton

Miriam Houghton is President of EXPRESSIONS (Grant Writing, Consulting, and Training), based in Sacramento, California. Miriam has written and edited more than 1,300 proposals and supporting document packages and reviewed over 900 more. Her work over the last 31 years has resulted in revenue for her clients and employers now totaling $105.2 million. She works all over California and in other states with non-profit organizations, public agencies, and businesses.

In 2014, California’s Capital Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals selected Miriam as their OUTSTANDING FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONAL for 2015.

Miriam has worked in a wide variety of program areas, including healthcare (physical and mental health); education; criminal justice; programs for the disabled and the aging; programs of all types for the economically disadvantaged; domestic violence; the arts; humanities; environmental issues; and microenterprise programs.

She has provided training workshops for the Impact Foundry in Sacramento for the past 26 years, and she regularly makes training presentations at national conventions and for her clients. Miriam has been an active member of the National Association of Fundraising Professionals member for 26 years. She has served as a member of the Board of the AFP’s Sacramento Chapter and she Co-Chaired the Professional Development/Program Committee.

Miriam is a popular presenter. Her grant writing work and her extensive experience with focused and well-received grant writing workshops provide the ideal experience for this training today. As a Grants Consultant, she works with clients to ensure they meet funders’ specific, mandatory requirements for proposal submissions. With these workshops she will walk you through how to get started and how to be more competitive, while still retaining your sanity!
What prior workshop participants had to say about Miriam:

“Miriam was incredibly resourceful and supportive. It was evident that she enjoys teaching these workshops, which made it all the more enjoyable for those attending.”

“Everything the speaker had to say was gold nugget. I recommended her to my coworkers. She knows her biz and I am grateful to have had this opportunity.”

“Miriam’s experience, understanding and insight make her an outstanding presenter. I love coming to her classes.”

Linebarger Grantseeking Services

Suzanne Linebarger

Suzanne Linebarger is an independent consultant providing a full array of professional grantseeking services, from foundation research and grant writing to grant program development and training.

With 22 years of experience in various fields of fund development, she has a rare understanding of the strategy of grantseeking within the context of other fundraising efforts. Suzanne has concentrated on grant writing for the past 13 years, raising more than $49 million for her clients. Suzanne has broad experience in a variety of program areas, with a strong focus in children’s issues, social services, education, health, and aging.

Suzanne has provided trainings through the Sacramento Nonprofit Resource Center, Modesto NSFRE (now AFP), Association of Fundraising Professionals (Capital Chapter) and as a guest speaker at Technical Writing, Composition, and Seniors Honors classes at University of the Pacific.

Public Interest Management Group (PIMG)

Scott Schaffer

Scott Schaffer, Principal of Public Interest Management Group, is an experienced nonprofit leader and consultant with a background in economics, finance, and behavioral science. He is a four-time past CEO of regional, statewide and national nonprofits. He’s directed growth, designed financial turnarounds and built high-performance organizations in the public health, environmental and housing fields.

At Philabundancehe led tenfold growth and pioneered a groundbreaking fresh food distribution system, later replicated nationally. At NatureBridge, he oversaw new campus development in Washington and Southern California, keys to a long-term growth strategy. At Common Ground, he guided a recession-era turnaround and led a successful merger. He’s also worked in planning and policy roles with United Way and the Massachusetts Medicaid program, and as a senior associate with La Piana Consulting.

Scott’s consulting practice links expertise in financial analysis and organizational development and radiates from a core principle that social change requires passion and great ideas along with smart strategy and skillful execution. His work with a range of clients is an extension of this philosophy. He’s played a key role in over twenty nonprofit mergers and restructuring projects and launched social enterprises promoting affordable housing, technology adoption, and environmental conservation. Scott has also developed a range of innovative business strategy methods, and delivers training workshops on nonprofit management and strategy development.

Scott’s education includes the Harvard Kennedy School, Carnegie Mellon University, and Columbia Business School. He writes on issues ranging from strategic management to public policy to baseball. Read his blog here. Off the clock, he’s a guitarist, runner, and frequent hiker in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

Public Interest Management Group:https://www.pimgconsulting.com

The Third Sector Company

Jeffrey Wilcox

Jeffrey Wilcox is an experienced grant-maker, nonprofit executive and fundraiser turned entrepreneur.  As President and CEO of The Third Sector Company, he leads one of the largest teams of professionals in the United States dedicated to the study, teaching, and practice of succession planning, interim executive leadership and chief executive performance advancement for the nonprofit sector. Third Sector Company has bases of operations in Long Beach, Orange County, and Sacramento, California; Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Since its founding in 2002, Third Sector Company has provided services to over 600 nonprofits in the United States and Canada and has provided interim leadership to organizations, congregations and associations whose combined assets total more than $1 billion. He is the former Senior Vice President of United Way of Greater Los Angeles, and Valley of the Sun United Way in Phoenix, Arizona, and executive director of CHOC Children’s Hospital Foundation in Orange County, CA.

Wilcox is the former nonprofit columnist for the Long Beach Business Journal; founder of “The Board Chairs Academy;” and author of “The Nonprofit Leader of the New Decade.” He co-developed and is the former lead trainer for the Wells Fargo New Executive Directors Institute of Greater Los Angeles and the Developing Development Program/Sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy in partnership with Executive Service Corps of Southern California. He is on the board of AFP Advancement Northwest in Seattle and is the immediate past chairman of the Executive Advisory Board of the School of Business, Government and Economics at Seattle Pacific University. He is also the former chapter President of AFP Orange County (CA), a trainer for the CFRE review course, and is a former national chairman of the Executive Transitions and Succession Planning Affinity Group for the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.

Third Sector Company :http://www.thirdsectorcompany.com/

YDN Strengths Development Network

Helen Yee

Ms. Helen Yee, a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach with YDN Strengths Development Network is dedicated to supporting her community with a commitment to bringing out the best in people and making a difference in their lives.   With over 30 years of board experience, Ms. Yee brings expertise in team building, event coordination, training, facilitation and fund and board development.  Ms. Yee’s focus is to bring the strengths-based approach to organizational teams, promoting lasting changes in their workplace culture.

Ms. Yee’s experience includes numerous public and private sector leadership roles, where she devoted her energies to bringing strengths-based principles to a wide range of community-serving organizations.  Her greatest achievement in a leadership role resulted in a passage of a ballot measure bringing millions of funding dollars for Sacramento City Libraries.  During that time period, she served as chair of the Sacramento Public Library Foundation.

Currently, Ms. Yee serves on the board of the California Museum and Impact Foundry.  Her broad array of business, sales, public sector and non-profit experiences and her opportunities to pursue her passions to give back to the community has fueled her Strengths development and provides real-life experiences her clients and workshop participants can relate to and use to enhance their personal strengths journey.

Michael F. Allyn

Experience & Skills: Mike is an independent contractor focusing on prospect development and grant writing. Mike combines 20 years of executive management experience with 14 years of fundraising to help clients develop strategies for increased grant funding. Mike has worked with organizations of all sizes, with a proven record of success. He has authored over 400 grants, resulting in more than $8 million in funding from both public and private sources. Mike is skilled at program analysis, budget development, outcomes establishment, and database research.

Clients: Mike has written successful grants for organizations with missions in education, disability, youth, visual and performing arts, workforce development, cultural heritage, seniors and health. Sacramento area clients include: Elica Health Centers, Society for the Blind; St. John’s Program for Real Change, Meristem, United Cerebral Palsy of Sacramento and Northern California; Touch of Understanding; and California Homebuilders Foundation. Bay Area clients include Lighthouse for the Blind and Jewish Community Foundation of San Francisco.

Services: Mike’s aim is to help organizations re-align their existing fundraising strategies, identify new sources of grant funding, and improve success with current funders. He specializes in helping non-profits express their mission, position their organizations for funding success, and demonstrate their value, impact and sustainability to prospective funders. Likely projects include: funder searches, organizational positioning to maximize grant funding, prospective grant assessment, and grant writing to private foundations, as well as corporate and government sources. Mike can also assist newer organizations to determine their readiness to pursue grants.

Fees: Mike is conscious of the limited resources of non-profit organizations to seek grant funding and works to help clients balance grant seeking expenses with potential funding success. His services are provided on an hourly or project basis. Mike welcomes interested organizations to contact him for an introductory telephone consultation at no charge.

Cost Allocations

Aleisha Beckum

Aleisha Beckum is the owner at Cost Allocations and is on the Board of Directors, Treasurer for the Sheriff’s Community Impact Program. She has also attained her Master’s degree in Business Administration. Aleisha has been working in the government/nonprofit industry for over 10 years with experience in accounting/finance, auditing, grants management and consulting.
She has expert knowledge regarding cost allocation plans, indirect cost rate proposals, grants management and auditing of such information to ensure compliance of the Federal regulations 2 CFR 200 also known as the Uniform Guidance. With the new Uniform Guidance, Aleisha has taken on the task of ensuring nonprofits are receiving the benefits outlined for them through the new Federal regulations.
Aleisha chooses to work in the nonprofit sector because she knows that it is an underserved market and nonprofits are what help our communities stay strong and provide support to those that need it most. With the new regulations, she wants to ensure nonprofits are receiving their FAIR SHARE OF COSTS to ensure sustainability and growth. Aleisha’s values consist of the following; pursue equity, strengthen community, and achieve impact.
Director of The Yoga Seed Collective

Jen Durkee

Jen Durkee, Director of The Yoga Seed Collective is passionate about serving the community at large. In her role she works hard at making mindfulness accessible to those who could benefit from it as a tool to destress. She has several years’ experience working in psychiatric hospitals, where she teaches patients the importance of the breath, and ways to cope with stress. She believes that everyone should have access to the tools needed to take care of themselves, and credits this knowledge to her success in the nonprofit world.