Why hire Aaron for your organization’s grant-writing/ fundraising needs? With an MBA, a Masters in Public and Non-Profit Management, a degree in Civil Engineering and 15 years experience running an internet company he founded, Aaron brings academic rigor, analytic skills and business acumen to the table. Most importantly he brings context. He takes the time to understand the needs of his clients and develop an effective strategy.
Aaron has been a leader in non-profit organizations for over 20 years, in positions ranging from community organizer and executive director, to board president. The common thread through all his non-profit management experience has been helping organizations to develop and implement effective fundraising strategies. Core elements of Aaron’s professional experience include:
- As a young canvass director (during college) for MASSPIRG, Aaron managed a team of activists raising money for, and awareness about, environmental issues. This experience was invaluable and today he still draws upon lessons he learned during this period.
- In his mid twenties Aaron co-founded and directed a non-profit aimed at improving education at urban high schools, creating effective programs and raising up to $400,000/year. During his tenure, the nonprofit reorganized its focus from student leadership, to parent involvement as a means to improve student achievement and grew from a staff of 2 to 15 in less than two years.
- Perhaps the most meaningful experience he had came during his time in the Peace Corps. Serving as a water supply engineer for two years in Nepal provided a context Aaron reflects on daily. It has enabled him to understand with first-hand knowledge, and contextualize, the need of under-served communities. During his service he transformed the way in which arid hill communities source and protect drinking water, facilitating attitudinal shifts in his counterparts in the process. From 2002-2017, he served Nepal as board president of Friends of Nepal, and continues to serve on the organization’s board.
- For the past 7 years Aaron has consulted with over 100 clients, nationwide, helping nonprofits and businesses in sectors which have included: healthcare, human services, education, economic development, refugee resettlement, housing, homelessness, youth development, agriculture, environment, arts and culture, law enforcement oversight, transportation and crime prevention. Since December 2016, Aaron has raised over $4 million for his clients.
Aaron lives in Rhode Island with his beautiful family and serves clients in RI and throughout the United States. Contact him today and see how he can help your organization achieve its strategic goals!