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The Alford Group

The Alford Group

Our mission is to strengthen the not-for-profit community. As a national, full-service consulting firm, The Alford Group has empowered more than 2,300 not-for-profit organizations to change the world.

200 W Mercer St Ste E-304
Seattle, WA 98119-3995


Karen Rotko-Wynn
Direct line: (206) 548-0451
Fax: (206) 548-0150



  • Board coaching & training
  • Board recruitment & development
  • Board roles & responsibilities
  • Board self-evaluation


  • Board meetings/retreats

Fundraising & Development

  • Capital campaigns
  • Development audits/assessments
  • Development planning
  • Donor recognition
  • Endowment campaigns
  • Event planning & management
  • Feasibility studies
  • Fund development/research
  • Fundraising
  • Grant writing
  • Major gifts/planned giving
  • Online/social media fundraising

Human Resources

  • Career counseling
  • Coaching
  • Executive director evaluation
  • Executive search & recruitment
  • Executive transition management
  • Leadership development & training
  • Staff development & training
  • Succession planning
  • Team building/team coaching
  • Temporary staffing
  • Workshop & training development

Interim Management

  • Interim development officer
  • Interim executive director/CEO

Planning & Organizational Development

  • Alliances & collaboration
  • Earned income/social enterprise
  • Executive advisor
  • Mission & vision development
  • Organizational development
  • Planning
  • Program development
  • Strategic planning

About The Alford Group

Our mission is to strengthen the not-for-profit community. As a national, full-service consulting firm, The Alford Group has empowered more than 2,300 not-for-profit organizations to change the world. Throughout our 31-year history, The Alford Group has served mission-based, not-for-profit organizations that have the strategic motivation to grow and improve.
The firm has offices in Seattle, Chicago, and Hartford and our consulting staff represents decades of experience in volunteer, staff and consulting roles with not-for-profit organizations. Our methodology, in theory and practice, is designed to advance the mission and vision of our clients. We offer customized solutions based on sound principles, answer the challenges facing the not-for-profit sector, and create tools and structures that help organizations fulfill their missions and realize their dreams.

We tailor our consulting teams and services specifically to meet our clients' needs. Our approach centers on partnership and we involve and guide our clients in every step of the consulting process. Our core values are Creativity, Diversity, Excellence, Integrity, Joyfulness, Leadership, and Respect, and these values infuse all we do. In today’s dynamic, competitive environment, our creative, team-oriented, hands-on strategies are a vital part of our clients' success.

We distinguish ourselves by:
• Empowering staff and volunteers with the knowledge and resources to take that essential step beyond planning to implementation of projects.
• Offering tailored, responsive services by senior professionals who understand the local and regional philanthropic landscape, along with the resources of a national consulting firm.
• Employing accomplished consulting staff – each with a passion for exploration, assessment, and creativity – who have first-hand experience in the field and bring to consulting a diverse body of knowledge of the industry and understanding of its scope and challenges.
• As a recognized leader in the field of philanthropy, contributing industry best practices to articles, research, and courses in addition to speaking engagements and conference presentations or panel discussions.

The Alford Group is a member of the Giving Institute, and Alford Group President & CEO Thomas W. Mesaros is the current Chair of the Board for the Giving Institute.

Background Info.

Subsector Experience

  • Arts and culture
  • Children, youth, and families
  • Community development
  • Disability issues
  • Economic development
  • Employment and training
  • Environment
  • Healthcare
  • Housing and homelessness
  • International NGOs/nonprofits
  • LGBT issues
  • Mental health/Substance abuse
  • Nonprofit sector issues
  • Philanthropy
  • Research
  • Small grassroots organizations
  • Social services - general
  • Volunteerism

Cultural Experience

  • African American
  • American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • Asian/Pacific Islander
  • Hispanic/Latino

Language Skills

  • Spanish

Fee Structure

  • By project
  • Daily rate
  • Installments based on project schedule
  • Negotiable
  • Retainer

Professional Affiliations / Licenses

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (Washington and International)
  • Giving Institute
  • Northwest Development Officers Association

County Availability

  • All WA Counties

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