Abbie J. von Schlegell, CFRE, has been in the development field for over 40 years, as a consultant with several national firms for half of her career and as a senior development officer with four institutions. She has special expertise in women’s philanthropy.
She heads her own advancement consulting firm, which she founded in 2007. In 2013, Abbie was named a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer.
Abbie held key development positions at Stanford University and at The University of Chicago. At Stanford, she was the major gifts director for Silicon Valley, the area immediately surrounding the university. At Chicago she directed major gifts in metropolitan Chicago. Abbie also was the Chief Development Officer for both the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. and for Enterprise Community Partners in Columbia, MD. Abbie also held senior consulting positions with Marts & Lundy and Brakeley Briscoe.
She was the 1990 recipient of the President’s Award from the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (now AFP International) in recognition of her service to the profession. She is the editor of Women as Donors, Women as Philanthropists, published in 1993 by Jossey-Bass. This best-selling handbook about women’s giving is the second issue in the series New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising.
Her extensive nonprofit experience includes program planning, capital and endowment campaigns, major gifts programs, strategic planning, increased annual fund-raising efforts, start-up plans and programs, interim management of development programs, leadership development and volunteer and staff training. Abbie’s consulting services range from individual coaching to large group facilitations.
Abbie’s clients include leaders in arts and culture, higher education and public policy. She has spearheaded projects for independent schools, religious organizations and health care institutions. She has provided counsel to conservation and human services organizations and associations.
Abbie speaks widely on the subjects of major gifts, women’s philanthropy, capital campaigns and building successful development programs. She trains frequently for AFP (Association of Fund Raising Professionals), CASE, MA Nonprofit Network and for the United Way.
In addition to her professional expertise, Abbie is an active volunteer. She currently serves as Programs Co-Chair on the Board of Directors, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Western Massachusetts. She also serves as a member on the board of Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, Tapestry Health, and is a member of the Board of Visitors of Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, Mass.
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