Strategies in Fund Raising

Welcome to West Wind Consulting Strategies in Fund Raising LLC.

Our founder Kathy Cole grew up on a farm in the Finger Lakes, aware that a change in weather came from a West Wind. She launched the firm in 2002 to provide fundraising advice and counsel to a select group of clients throughout the United States who were ready for change. She saw campaigns as opportunities, not only to reach financial goals, but to strengthen overall fundraising capacity and the organization as a whole.

We know our approach is unique. But so is your organization.

If you want to work with consultants who listen attentively, care deeply, and think strategically about your organization’s success today and in the long term, explore our site — or be in touch. 

Maya Gasuk, Managing Partner

Our News and Blog

Ten Tips to Get the Right Reports, Part 2

Ten Tips to Get the Right Reports, Part 2

    Sorry to make you wait for tips six through ten, but it seemed almost fitting, given that getting reports (especially the right reports) often involves some patience.  In our first five tips, we focused on work that needs to happen before you even get to...

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Ten Tips to Get the Right Reports, Part 2

Ten Tips to Get the Right Reports

Getting a new report to evaluate and manage your Advancement efforts can be quite challenging.  Because programming resources are scarce and emergency needs take priority, receiving a report is often preceded by a long wait in a queue.  So, before your request finally...

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Tammie Ruda Joins West Wind Consulting as Senior Consultant

Tammie Ruda Joins West Wind Consulting as Senior Consultant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nationally recognized fundraiser brings broad advancement experience to clients Ithaca, New York West Wind Consulting Strategies in Fund Raising LLC is pleased to announce that Tammie L. Ruda has joined the firm as a Senior Consultant.  She will...

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Seeing You–Not ‘Donors Like You’

Seeing You–Not ‘Donors Like You’

When I was a preschooler, I watched a morning TV show called “Romper Room.”  Designed to mimic older siblings’ and friends’ classroom experiences, the show was hosted by a warm and welcoming teacher who varied by geographic...

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