WHO WE ARE

Black Fox Philanthropy is a leading fundraising firm serving international NGOs and domestic nonprofits. As a B Corp social enterprise, our mission is to help worthy organizations attract significant and sustainable funding so they can effect deep and lasting social change. Profits are wholly reinvested in the company’s long-term contribution to the social sector.

Black Fox Philanthropy is as fiercely committed to our clients’ mission as they are. From limited engagements to year-long contracts, we partner with clients to provide effective fundraising strategies and services, and when optimal, serve as a short-term extension of their staff. With impact as primary driver, we exist to advance the missions of our clients.

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WHAT WE DO

Black Fox builds capacity and fundraising strength for national and international non-profits and community changemakers. We partner with clients through targeted, limited offerings or comprehensive, multi-layered engagements. We create smart, customized fundraising strategies. We are thought partners and strategic planners. We function as an extension of your team, creating the infrastructure for execution. Above all, we treasure the important work being done by our clients and we strive to amplify their success and impact so the world will be a better place.

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OUR CLIENTS

“What really stands out for Splash is the high level of customer service and caring that Natalie and her team provide. They are always willing to answer questions, share resources, and suggest funders who are mission-aligned – the latter two without us even having to ask. Once you become a BFP client, it really opens the door to new opportunities to scale. Beyond that, Natalie really excels at coaching clients through “the donor dance.” If we have any tricky donors or high-stakes meetings, I’ve always found her advice to be outstanding.” Cyndie Berg, Director of Business Development, SPLASH.org "Black Fox - is like mana from heaven - Thanks!" Holly Carter, Founder of BYkids "The Black Fox team opened their hearts and efforts to us in a thrilling and fortifying way. They have a freshness and commitment that is inspiring and unique. It is clear this team serves change-making first and foremost, and that is why their help is so invaluable - they want to ensure you have the best so they can help you affect the biggest change." - Leslee Udwin, Founder & CEO "Black Fox Philanthropy’s team provided essential ‘insider’ information on how to directly approach organizations which focus on girls’ education and empowerment. We were encouraged to learn there are funders who care about the impact of small NGOs. Every discussion felt like a group huddle during a time out in a sports match: there was a sense of urgency, energy and tremendous support propelling us to take action. The professional training and coaching will inform and boost our approach to fundraising with more enthusiasm, optimism and drive." Girls Foundation of Tanzania - Nano Chatfield, Executive Director “The whole Black Fox Philanthropy team is a joy to work with. They truly listened to what we needed, took the time to learn about our organization, and came up with smart and actionable strategies for us to expand our funding pipeline. I am confident that they will help propel our work forward with their experience and insight.” - Ayla Schlosser, Co-Founder & CEO "On behalf of Village Enterprise, it was a pleasure to engage with Black Fox Philanthropy for Painless Prospecting. Our research needs for strong prospective funders were well understood and addressed by their extremely capable team, freeing up Village Enterprise’s team to focus on the most high-yield activities and relationships. We are confident that Black Fox’s expertise will give our funding pipeline the extra boost it needs to achieve our ambitious goals!" - Lindsay Bouchelle, Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships “The Black Fox Philanthropy team was professional, attentive, and consistently willing to offer support beyond their contracted work. The funding pipeline that emerged from painless prospecting was the perfect springboard for our annual fundraising plans. We would highly recommend Black Fox’s services to any nonprofit team – especially those with limited capacity looking for an instant boost to their development plans!” -Zack Fowler, Managing Director of Programs "Working with Black Fox on building a funder pipeline for our organization, I found the team extremely friendly and approachable - even though we were working from a distance. They are personable and professional and I felt very comfortable asking questions throughout the process." - Heidi Basch-Herod, Executive Director "Black Fox's development diagnostic gave us a thorough and clear assessment of our current fundraising strengths and opportunities. Not only are their recommendations highly actionable, but their findings were so valuable that we've shared them with our Board and staff, from marketing to operations to build common understanding for greater teamwork. We now have a more efficient pathway ahead of us to build more robust resources and relationships to realize our ambitious goals. The Black Fox team was swift, supportive, and applied their deep expertise in a thoughtful and customized way. We knew they were in our corner 100% throughout the entire process." - Jensine Larsen, CEO "Black Fox Philanthropy led our team through a day long intensive workshop that covered the power of storytelling, identifying skills and roles within fundraising, reviewing current trends in the sector and secrets to building powerful donor relationships. Natalie has a natural ability to connect with others and are extraordinarily passionate about her work. It was a pleasure to work with them and we're thankful for the 'gold nuggets' they provided the team to help Concern achieve excellence in fundraising!" - Dara Burke, Vice President, Individual Giving & Events "We have worked with consultants in the past, and it's always helpful, but Black Fox Philanthropy has given us the most specific overview we've had of the NGO landscape including other groups with similar missions and scale and how they articulate their mission. As a result, they were able to give new messaging ideas and brand positioning that can help us differentiate us to key funders. That's just what we needed." - Linn Kincannon, International Director & Co-Founder "My experience working with Black Fox Philanthropy was refreshing, informative, and productive. Black Fox brought professionalism, precision, and passion to every step of our collaboration to ensure the delivery of high quality work consistently and on time. It was a true pleasure to work with such a responsive, knowledgeable and dedicated team." - Sophie Andar, Ed.D., Former Executive Director "Black Fox Philanthropy played a key role in CU Peru's fund development plan. From the moment I started working with them and throughout the project they displayed both the passion and the knowledge that we were looking for. Their thorough research and continued communication gave me a sense of ease throughout the entire process. CU Peru is now equipped with well researched funding opportunities that are invaluable to our organization. Being a one staff shop, we could have never done this without Black Fox Philanthropy. We are truly appreciative of their professionalism and services." - Melissa Traynham, Executive Director "We were so happy working with the Black Fox team on identification and building a funder pipeline for Fr. Alex You Memorial School. These passionate people understand what they are doing and they clearly know what organizations need to do what they are doing. As Black Fox slogan says 'Your mission is our mission. Our Team is your team.' This is exactly what happened when we worked together. The valuable work they do that is far beyond what we pay for. Black Fox is one of the unique organizations that is passionate at seeing fairness, access to resources and helping communities thrive. I felt loved and confident throughout the process." "Black Fox Philanthropy helped Splash launch our formal major gifts program by creating strategy for working with individuals and family foundations as well as performing detailed analysis of our fundraising data. Natalie also provided development coaching for Splash as we prepared for a key funder meeting. With Black Fox Philanthropy's strategic and tactical advice, Splash is better-positioned than ever for fundraising success." - Eric Stowe, Founder & Director "Black Fox Philanthropy has been integral to the launch and success of our major gifts program at a time when Bridges to Prosperity was in a pivotal stage of organizational growth. The Black Fox team is unique in that it is able to give objective insight into your work and compare it to other folks in the industry who have had success. In addition, since Natalie comes from the donor perspective, she is able to bring to light vocabulary that we now use both in our discussions and our print material. Natalie and her team have helped to equip our organization with the tools necessary to create a development plan that will speak directly to the hearts of our donors and to grow our capacity to achieve our wildest ambitions. We received a return on this investment many times over, and cannot recommend them highly enough." - Avery Bang, CEO "The value we received from Black Fox Philanthropy far exceeded the investment. BFP makes you a part of their family. They went above and beyond our contractual scope of work over the course of an entire year to represent and promote Global Grassroots when opportunities arose. They have a completely comprehensive approach, weaving together analysis, research, recommendations, and content that builds internal capacity with staff and board, and builds a foundation of assets that the organization can leverage to sustain what they catalyze. Unlike most consultants, they roll up their sleeves and become your partners." - Gretchen Steidle, Founder "The foundation pipeline that resulted from the engagement with Black Fox Philanthropy will be extremely helpful to our organization as we aim to bring in funding before year end, and as we build our pipeline and begin revenue forecasting for 2017." -Emily Varni, Senior Impact Coordinator "The Millennium Campus Network is training a new generation of global development leaders on university campuses by providing a year-long fellowship experience for undergraduate students to develop the values and management skills they require to lead on campus and beyond graduation. Black Fox Philanthropy has engaged with the MCN at this pivotal time in its growth to create fundraising strategy to support the organization's goal of growing to 400 fellows in the next two years." - Sam Vaghar, Executive Director & Co-Founder "I just had the BEST donor call...because of you Natalie!!!! Oh my gosh. It was the best. I enjoyed it so much. I did my research - I looked at my questions and decided which ones to ask her and I had an hour-long conversation with a donor who to date has been really cold. WOW!!! She shared so much information - so much about their giving habits, how I could increase their gift, how best to communicate with them, etc. etc. Also the same with a two donors last week. I kind of knew before but now I feel I really know. Thank you thank you thank you...can I just say Thank you! You have made my job so much easier - I feel so empowered and connected more with the donors. The conversations are so good. And our organization will raise more money as a result. Thank you!!!" - Aisling Studdert, Senior Major Gifts Officer "The Black Fox Philanthropy team unleashed a powerful combination of creativity and experience that achieved high-impact results in fundraising and strategic initiatives, including developing several multi-year relationships so that the funding of The Women's Foundation of Colorado remains vibrant for years to come." - Louise C. Atkinson, Former CEO "A Towering Task engaged with Black Fox Philanthropy early in the process of raising funds for the documentary capturing the history and spirit of the Peace Corps. Black Fox were more than partners; they became a part of our team. As such, they connected us to new partners including Women Make Movies, helped to develop a social media and crowdfunding strategy, a Peace Corps Volunteer Alumnae engagement strategy, and a blueprint for cultivating major donors. In addition, the BFP team worked tirelessly with me to write a complex government grant proposal for the National Endowment for the Humanities, developing thoughtful and insightful language that helped position the documentary with all private, corporate and government funders. When Black Fox Philanthropy says they are “in the trenches” with you, they mean it. All that is left to do is to execute their carefully planned strategy. It was a pleasure working with Natalie Lynn Rekstad and her team." - Alana DeJoseph, Director

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