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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
  • Major gifts/planned giving

Human Resources

  • Coaching
  • Executive director evaluation
  • 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
  • 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 3,000 not-for-profit organizations to change the world. Throughout our 39-year history, The Alford Group has empowered organizations across the nation to reimagine what it means to make a difference.
The firm has offices in Seattle, Chicago, and New York and our consulting staff represent 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.

We help organizations aim higher, reach further, and dream bigger. We show them their true potential and the path forward to achieve it.

Background Info.

Subsector Experience

  • Arts and culture
  • Children, youth, and families
  • Community development
  • Disability issues
  • Economic development
  • Employment and training
  • Environment
  • Faith-based
  • Healthcare
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Immigrant and refugee
  • LGBT issues
  • Mental Health / Substance Abuse
  • Nonprofit sector issues
  • Philanthropy
  • Research
  • Senior services
  • Small grassroots organizations
  • Social services - general
  • Volunteerism

Cultural Experience

  • African
  • African American

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)
  • Northwest Development Officers Association
  • The Giving Institute

County Availability

  • All WA Counties

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