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About Us

SFRsolutions offers hands-on expert advising, peer-to-peer donor events, and one-stop support services with a focus on leadership giving.

Our Story

As a nonprofit leader, you have a lot on your plate. Time and resources are tight. I’ve been there.

 

When I moved to Boston, I left university fundraising for a local nonprofit. Day one, I had no desk! Three years later, we had a big annual fund, new programs, new facilities. It was truly rewarding.

 

What I learned is that basic fundraising principles are constant. And the key principle is this: at least 80% of the funds you raise will come from the top 20% of your donors (known as the 80-20 rule). 

 

These are your leadership donors, the ones you need to succeed. But to be effective and sustainable, leadership giving programs must be scaled and adapted to fit each unique nonprofit.

 

I have spent the past 17 years doing just that: working with organizations of all sizes to build customized leadership giving programs embedded in comprehensive fundraising strategies - and generating reliable, scalable revenue streams. 

Whether you have a tiny crew or a midsize team with dedicated major gifts staff, SFRsolutions offers field-tested programs to help you take your fundraising operation to the next level - sustainably.

To explore how we might work with your nonprofit, contact me

Mark A. Holman

Founder and Managing Director

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What Sets Us Apart

Focus on Leadership Giving

We specialize in renewable leadership giving and strategic major gifts and grants.

Small-Staff Specialist

We adapt best-practice programs to a scale even smaller shops can manage.

Hands-On Capacity Building

We don’t just offer ideas; we help you to execute strategies and build durable programs.

Flexible Event Models

We invented Virtual Host Committee™ and other flexible leadership donor events.

One-Stop Expertise

We offer single-point access to a full-service network of trusted specialist vendors.

Our Team

All clients work with Principal Mark Holman and have access to the expertise of our Strategic Partners, our pro bono Advisory Council, and a full-service network of trusted vendors. 

Leadership and Strategic Partners

Strategic Partners are area specialists providing services through the integrated client solutions we offer. Every one shares our mission to help nonprofits of all sizes succeed - at a price they can afford.

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Mark Holman

 

After working in university fundraising (Minnesota, Berkeley, Penn State), Mark ran capital and major gifts campaigns for two Boston-area nonprofit.s.

Since 2007 at SFRsolutions he has helped midsize organizations design and execute successful fundraising strategies and build in-house capacity.

 

He is actively involved in every project, continually refining our signature leadership giving programs and ensuring bottom-line results for each client.


Mark is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Claremont McKenna College with an M.A. in higher education policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Founder and Managing Principal

Strategic FundRaising Solutions

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Carolyn Copp

 

A longtime frontline fundraiser and former strategy consultant at Blackbaud, Carolyn specializes in database customization and data analytics as Principal of Donor Development Matters

 

She helps SFRsolutions clients optimize tneir use of donor data (including giving history, participation, capacity ratings) to drive more effective direct-response fundraising and marketing programs.

 

Carolyn’s results-oriented focus and approachable manner guide her in helping organizations build meaningful and sustainable relationships with their donors and maximize bottom-line results. 

Carolyn is a graduate of Colby College and holds an MBA from Boston University.

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Data Analytics, Prospect Research

Principal Consultant, Donor Development Matters

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Reinhold Steinbeck

 

Reinhold oversees all website and design projects, as well as custom workshops and training for SFRsolutions partners and clients.

 

Reinhold’s design aesthetic was influenced by early work in instructional desgn at Apple. His responsive feel for client needs reflects work in innovation and human-centered design at Stanford University and as Managing Director of IntoActions.

 

Reinhold did his undergraduate degrees in Germany and the UK, and holds an MA in International and Cross-Cultural Education from the University of San Francisco.

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West Coast Office, Design, Workshops

Managing Director, IntoActions

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Vinny Prezioso

In addition to his talents as a songwriter, music producer, and audio engineer, Vinny is our go-to partner in videography, video production, and social media as Principal of Prezioso Productions. 

 

He brings a sharp eye for digital media strategy and produces engaging, high-quality materials well suited to mission-driven organizations.

 

He also served as a mentor at a midsize Boston youth services nonprofit teaching audio and video production skills to formerly homeless teens.

 

A summa cum laude graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Vinny owns and manages a music production and publishing firm in Boston.

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Social Media, Video Production

Principal, Prezioso Productions

 

Advisory Council

We are grateful to our Advisory Council, a dedicated group of fundraising professionals and strategists who offer their insights as a courtesy to SFRsolutions and thus to our clients..

Kelly Gallagher

Assistant Vice President, Annual Giving, Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Annual giving, leadership giving programs

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Jason Gray

Director, Foundation Relations, MIT

Foundation strategy and engagement

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Tim Lizek

Director of Prospect Research, UMass Lowell

Prospect research, pipeline development

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Michael Parker

Director of Development and Senior Advisor, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Principal gifts, strategy, planning, operations

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Mary Wissemann

Principal, Wissemann Consulting

Strategy, business planning, financial modeling

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Mark brought vision, expertise, and flexible solutions to take our small nonprofit to a new order of fundraising sophistication and sustainability.

Tom McGrath, former client staff

Donor Relations Officer, Brandeis University

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