We empowernonprofits to raise the capital
that builds our community.
We enablenonprofits to cultivate the
generosity of our neighbors.
We empowernonprofits to raise the capital
that builds our community.
Expert insight, driven by passion
We are a dynamic team with nearly 60 years of combined experience in strategic fundraising. A deep desire to enrich our community is at the heart of what we do.
Mollie O’Hara Butler, CFRE
Mollie O’Hara Butler offers over 25 years of hands-on experience in successful development programs, both as a consultant and professional fundraiser. She has worked with organizations of all kinds, from small, social service groups to major universities. With a desire to provide high-quality capital campaign consulting to the Austin nonprofit community, Mollie founded Butler Nonprofit Consulting in December 2010. A member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) since 1996, Mollie was named Outstanding Fundraising Professional in 2004 and served as president of the Greater Austin Chapter in 2012. Additionally, Mollie has maintained her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) distinction since 2001.
Lisa Lee, CFRE
Lisa Lee brings nearly 20 years of development experience in Austin’s nonprofit sector to Butler Nonprofit Consulting, including deep knowledge and skill in the areas of capital campaign management, major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, event fundraising, annual giving, membership and more. Most recently the Director of Development at the Thinkery – the new Austin Children’s Museum – Lisa has held high-level development positions at organizations large and small around Austin. Lisa earned her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential in 2004, and was named Outstanding Fundraising Professional by AFP in 2012. She served as president of the AFP Greater Austin Chapter in 2007.
Rachel Elder began her development career nearly 20 years ago and shares her experiences in grant writing, foundation and corporate relations, capital campaigns and major gifts. She has extensive experience in university fundraising models, volunteer management, and grassroots fundraising on a local and national scope. Rachel serves as a Zilker community leader and her commitment to volunteerism and resource development enhance her dedication to the Austin community. She is currently pursuing her Certification in Fund Raising Management (CFRM) and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Austin Chapter. Rachel earned her Bachelor’s degree from Texas Lutheran University.
Strategies that empower
We partner with our clients to identify and cultivate the resources needed to achieve or exceed goals. We enable healthy, self-sustaining development programs.
Feasibility and Planning Studies
It’s a best practice for organizations to hire outside counsel to gain an objective perspective on how ready the community is to support a proposed capital or endowment project, and to set realistic fundraising goals. We help organizations develop the tools and tactical plans to raise funds for viable projects.
Capital Campaign Readiness Assessments
Is your organization prepared to meet the increased time demands of a campaign in addition to managing the organization’s day-to-day operations? Before you begin your campaign, Butler will evaluate your organization’s readiness and advise on the infrastructure and capacity required for successful capital fundraising.
Capital Campaign Counsel
Fundraising success is the result of putting the strategy into action, and maintaining momentum to the finish line. Butler’s experienced campaign professionals become an extension of your staff, helping to manage the implementation of the strategy, support volunteers with coaching and training, and provide accountability to accelerate fundraising progress.
Development Staff Recruitment & Hiring
We’re experts in recruiting talented executive directors and development officers, and will assist you by handling such details as advertising your open position, receiving applications, and screening and scheduling interviews with top recommended candidates.
Board and Staff Coaching and Training
Whether you’ve identified a specific area for improvement or seek to broadly grow fundraising competency, Butler will create a personalized learning experience to empower staff and volunteer leaders with strengthened fundraising knowledge and skills.
A solid strategic plan is the foundation of all sustainable fundraising programs. Butler can lead your organization through a process that clarifies the unique value of your organization within our community, and the priority goals and objectives that can maximize the social impact of your programs and services.
Organizational and Development Assessments
Is your development operation where it needs to be to maximize fundraising success? Is your greater organization helping or hindering the efforts of your development staff? Butler will assess current operations, identify challenges, and recommend an actionable plan to improve your fundraising effectiveness.
Specialized Development Programs
High-performing development offices minimize risk and maximize fundraising opportunity by maintaining diverse development programs. Butler can assist you in fine-tuning or launching annual giving and membership, major gifts, special events, stewardship and corporate and foundation programs.
Our team holds deep experience in all areas of fund development. Contact us with your unique challenges and areas for improvement, and we’ll formulate a customized solution for your organization.
Guidance through transformational change
We are proud to partner with extraordinary nonprofit organizations, enabling them to realize their missions, and sustain their financial health.
- A Legacy of Giving
- AGE of Central Texas
- AIDS Services of Austin
- Arc of the Capital Area
- Austin Achieve Public Schools
- Austin Community Foundation
- Austin Diaper Bank
- Austin Dog Alliance
- Austin Gifted/ACE Academy
- Austin Habitat for Humanity
- Austin Independent School District
- Austin Parks Foundation
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- The Boys' School of Austin
- Circle C Child Development Center
- Colorado River Alliance
- Explore Austin
- Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
- Harmony Public Schools
- IDEA Public Schools
- Little Helping Hands
- Lonestar Soccer Club
- Magnolia Montessori for All
- Mexic-Arte Museum
- Rawson Saunders
- Seedling Foundation
- Shoal Creek Conservancy
- Texas Methodist Foundation
- Texas Military Forces Historical Foundation
- UTeach Outreach
- Wayside Schools
What our expertise means to our clients.
Our initial experience working with Butler Nonprofit Consulting was exemplary. Mollie and her team epitomize efficiency and organization. Their professionalism allowed for a successful and effective partnership which has resulted in us hiring the Butler team repeatedly for both continued strategy, training and program facilitation. We anticipate a long relationship with Butler Nonprofit and would happily recommend them to others.Heidi CohnDirector of Development at Hill Country Conservancy
From the very first planning meeting, Mollie demonstrated that her goals were our goals. She got to know us quickly and was as equally concerned with finding someone who was a fit for our unique organizational culture, and had the fundraising savvy to lead our team.Emily Schneider-KrzysSENIOR DIRECTOR OF TALENT AT KIPP AUSTIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Mollie’s approach to fundraising is totally refreshing and enjoyable. She demystifies the process and helps you see how fundraising is truly a win-win for everyone – donors and organizations alike.Karen LaShelleEXECUTIVE AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AT CREATIVE ACTION
Stories of success and tricks of the trade.
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