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“GROW has helped our team to stay focused on the areas of greatest potential financial success... And the result has been raising more money year over year.” - Catherine Meloy, President & CEO, Goodwill of Greater Washington

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Grow leverages some of the brightest minds in the nonprofit industry to help organizations address their greatest challenges.  Our consultants are available to help you navigate today's reality and help your organization grow.

Here are just a few:

Stephanie Halley

Currently the President/CEO of Grow, a company providing development and capacity building services to nonprofit organizations, Stephanie Halley utilizes more than 17 years of experience in the non-profit sector as she works with clients to grow their ability to fulfill their missions. In recent years, Stephanie’s work has included providing coaching services in fundraising and management, designing overall fundraising programs, and conducting feasibility studies for social enterprise and traditional fundraising efforts. Ms. Halley has been schooled in capacity building, fundraising, program design, management, and evaluation. Her background in various program areas (international development, public health, workforce development, and mental health) allows her to contribute to the work of a variety of nonprofits. 

Faith Tennent

Faith is currently the C.O.O. of GROW and has enjoyed a career in business operations and workforce development for over 26 years, most of it within the State of Maryland.  She served 10 years with Associated Builders and Contractors a construction industry association which represents the merit shop philosophy of open competition and free enterprise.  She served five years as President and CEO of the Chesapeake Shores chapter directing mergers, creating a 501c3 Educational Trust, successfully introducing groundbreaking legislation, and developing business opportunities via strategic partnerships. 

Carrie Berenson

Carri Berenson, Consultant to Grow, brings 20 years of experience in non-profit management and administration to the Grow team. Carri's experience spans project management, event planning, fundraising, staff development, grant writing, board relations, finance, and communication. She specializes in helping organizations work efficiently and effectively so they can meet their goals and thrive. Carri has managed and advised an array of not-for-profit organizations, including groups whose missions encompass international development, philanthropy, and education. As Vice President of the Center for Democracy, a non-profit working on international development, Carri developed projects and fundraising initiatives, surveyed supreme court judges from throughout Europe and Asia on project viability and funding support, prepared grant requests for foundation and corporate funding, facilitated communication among corporate and political board members and international officials, created programs based on corporate board interests and support, and managed programs and staff around the world. She successfully built programs across a wide field of subject areas, coping with tight budgets and complex board dynamics. Carri has worked on several school executive boards, focusing on communications, fundraising, staffing, and board relations. She has extensive experience working with boards and communities to identify and garner support and involvement on key projects. For the last two years, she has served as the treasurer of a local community non-profit, managing all finances for a six-figure annual budget. She has advised charitable organizations on their operations, fundraising and outreach. Carri regularly serves as a community organizer for a wide variety of local activities and organizations. Carri holds a Masters degree in Government from Georgetown University and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Duke University. 

Emily Hall

Emily Hall, Consultant to Grow, is a tremendous asset to the Grow team as she has significant experience building both the marketing and fundraising capacity of nonprofits. She is an award-winning marketer with a background in digital strategy, online communications, social media as well as fundraising.  As the former Retail Marketing Manager at Goodwill of Greater Washington, Em blogged as the "DC Goodwill Fashionista" and was the driving force behind the groundbreaking, online "Fashion of Goodwill" campaign.  Combining traditional marketing with social media and e-commerce, this campaign resulted in a 6.5% conversion rate of blog readers to online shoppers and garnered press from The New York Times, NPR, CNN, and The Washington Post, among others.

Brandi Yee

Brandi Yee, Consultant to Grow, is also currently the Program Director for ACT for Alexandria, a community foundation. Brandi oversees ACT’s philanthropic and community investment initiatives and coordinates events and activities designed to raise the level and effectiveness of giving and engagement in Alexandria, Virginia.  She recently coordinated Spring2ACTion, an innovative online community-wide giving event engaging 1,265 individual donors and raising $104,156 in 3 days for Alexandria nonprofits.  Brandi also launched and manages all organizational and event planning aspects of ACT’s social philanthropic network, Give Back Alexandria, engaging over 500 young professionals in charitable giving.   She is passionate about advising donors on strategic and effective philanthropic giving and engaging them in the work of local nonprofits.

Leslie Martin Stephen

Leslie Martin Stephen, LCSW, has developed a wealth of knowledge in her more than 20 years of experience in the human service field.  She has worked in both direct service and leadership capacities.  Ms Stephen has experience in and a passion for strategic planning, program development, policy development and implementation, evaluation/outcome tracking and employee development.  Currently the program coordinator for mental health case management and pharmacy services at a community mental health center in the Richmond, Virginia area, Ms. Stephen oversees services to more than 950 adults each year.