Betsy McNamara, Founder and Principal of Full Circle Consulting, has raised tens of millions of dollars for non-profit organizations in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont since 1988. Her clients have ranged from small arts and land conservation organizations to large nonprofits dedicated to social services, community development, and healthcare. Ms. McNamara works with clients on projects as small as a single grant to as large as a multi-year, multi-million dollar capital campaign. Her services include campaign feasibility studies, training to board and staff, annual fund audits, grant writing, capital campaign management, and leveraging state tax credit opportunities. A regular presenter of NH Center for Nonprofit sponsored programs, her most recent projects include a capital campaign for Family Nurturing Center in Dorchester, MA, an Annual Fund Audit for New Hampshire Humanities in Concord, NH, and a feasibility study for the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, VT.
Ms. McNamara’s clients describe her as engaging, knowledgeable, approachable, and effective. She serves as Vice-Chair of the board of the NH Community Loan Fund and as a member of the board of Community Bridges.
How I work
When a client calls me, sometimes they know exactly what they need, and sometimes it helps to have me tease it out by asking questions. It might be help with writing a specific grant or getting an annual appeal out the door. Or it may be more along the lines of “we feel we could be more effective at fundraising but don’t know where to start.” Call me and we’ll figure it out together.
I am often asked how I came to have a career in fundraising. Like so many in the Development profession, it was accidental. I discovered early in my nonprofit career that I am not good at working the front line of a social service organization. Faced with someone in crisis, about to lose their home, or fleeing violence – my desire was to bring them home with me and make them chicken soup. This is neither an effective nor sustainable strategy.
So, I found my place – in fundraising – connecting those that want to support the work with the work.
In the first half of my 30+ year career I held jobs organizing special events, directing annual funds, writing grants, and asking major donors for support. In 2004 I went out on my own to work part-time as a consultant so that I could better meet the needs of my young family, launching Full Circle Consulting three years later. Those youngsters are now grown, I have been back to full-time consulting for a long time, and my clients gain the benefit of my years working with nonprofits from all avenues of the nonprofit sector.
In my personal life I am watching both my sons as they begin adulting, trying to keep up with my filmmaker husband, vacuuming up the hair of our yellow lab and two long-haired cats (what were we thinking?), and volunteering for Community Bridges (our family is a recipient of their services) and the NH Community Loan Fund, two of the best-managed nonprofits in our state.