Connie Carter's experience includes more than 30 years in nonprofit campaign management, fundraising, program development, and public relations. Her knowledge of how to identify, cultivate and solicit contributions from individuals has helped her clients to reach their funding goals. She has extensive experience in researching, writing and obtaining grants from government agencies, large and small private foundations, corporations and organizations.
Her strong commitment to the nonprofit sector and her ability to "get the job done" produce quality results efficiently. She is also skilled at developing creative strategies that lead to funding and in working with diverse groups, large and small, with a variety of needs and capabilities.
Connie has provided organizations with consultation and support with feasibility studies, capital and annual campaigns, grantwriting, and strategic planning. She is skilled at program evaluation and has served numerous organizations by providing assessments and practical, realistic recommendations for improving their fundraising capacity.
Connie has worked for years with organizations in Chester County, and has a well-developed knowledge of the County's philanthropic community, both individuals and institutional funders. She regularly shares her professional expertise with the Chester County community by teaching workshops and classes for Delaware County Community College on topics such as Grantwriting, Event Planning, Supervisory Skills, and Customer Service. She brings excellent organizational and writing skills, an ability to "think outside the box," and a high level of personal and ethical commitment to the work she does.
Connie holds a B.S. degree in Human Services from New Hampshire College.
Corrine Sylvia has more than 30 years of professional fundraising and development experience. In 1987, during her tenure as Director of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, she worked closely with the Board of Directors to increase its annual fund from $100,000 to $450,000. In 1990, she served as Development Director at WOMENS WAY where she worked with staff and Board to raise $1.6 million annually. In 1993 she launched Corrine Sylvia & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in development and philanthropy.
Corrine has worked with large and small not-for-profit organizations providing counsel, training and technical assistance with annual campaigns, feasibility studies, capital and endowment campaigns and targeted development services. For example, she worked with the Board of Directors of the Rangeley Region Health Center to raise the goal of $1 million dollars to build a health center in the remote town of Rangeley, Maine. She assumed the management of The People's Light & Theatre Company's capital campaign, chaired by the late Willard G. Rouse and retired Publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sam McKeel. The campaign raised $11.3 million ($2 million more than its $9.3 million goal). She has served as campaign counsel for Camphill Village assisting them in raising more than $3 million for a new residence for seniors and retirees and a community health center. In 2005-06 she and Constance Carter formed Sylvia/Carter & Associates and raised $1.5 million to purchase a new home for the West Chester Area Senior Center.
Corrine is frequently called on to teach courses on grantsmanship, building the annual fund, creating major gifts and conducting capital campaigns to colleagues throughout the Delaware Valley. Corrine served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals where she co-chaired the Essentials of Fundraising Program which presents training for small not for profit organizations throughout the Delaware Valley. She was a member of the charter Board of Directors of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and the Vice President of Orchestra 2001. She sat on the Historic Yellow Springs Board where she chaired the Development Committee and the Capital Campaign fundraising efforts. Corrine holds dual Masters degrees in American Cultural History. She graduated from The George Washington University in 1980.
"You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you."