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Carolyn Nopar | Chicago Fundraising Accelerator

Carolyn Nopar, MBA, CFRE

With over 25 years of nonprofit and corporate experience,  Carolyn Nopar served as Chief Development Officer for the YWCA Metro Chicago and as Director of Development & Communications for Family Focus, where she was responsible for raising millions, managing small teams.  She has extensive experience in corporate & foundation relations, annual fund, special events, donor communications, and major gifts.  Her specialty is working with smaller nonprofits to build sustainable development programs.  

Ms. Nopar also served as Executive Director for the Enterprising Kitchen, where she was successful with incorporating new earned revenue opportunities into that role.  She understands the enormous demands on an ED’s time and is interested in helping smaller nonprofits better understand the many ways revenue can be raised, identify the best strategies and tactics for their particular organization, and how to operationalize development activities within their already busy schedules. 

Before entering the nonprofit field fifteen years ago, Ms. Nopar worked as a commercial sales manager and senior sales representative for several corporations after earning her MBA from Northwestern’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She is a certified fund-raising executive (CFRE) and has completed the Association of Fundraising Professional's (AFP) Faculty Training Academy, certifying her as an AFP Master Trainer.

Client Testimonials

Exceptional Content

Attending the Chicago Fundraising Accelerator Boot Camp was a game-changer for our direct mail fundraising strategy. Carolyn gave us the framework that we needed to pull effective lists and create appropriate ask amounts in a very donor-centric way. Moreover, the results were immediately obvious - over 30% increase in annual fund revenue, and 40% increase in the average gift size in one year.
— BETH LYE, CARA CHICAGO
The content, especially the online forms were better than any other boot camp or seminar we’ve been to. Also, the individual consultation was incredibly valuable.
— MEG BUCHANAN, IRISH AMERICAN HERITAGE CENTER

Expert facilitation and consultation

Great primer on how to accelerate your fundraising efforts. You will learn from an experienced professional.
— JULIO PAZ, CHICAGO COMMONS
Great for small organizations looking to maximize potential donors. Good for anyone new to development to come away with an actionable plan.
— COLLEEN HENTSCHEL, CHICAGO RUN
While my team has attended fundraising trainings at one of Chicago’s top educational institutions, we found the Chicago Fundraising Accelerator Boot Camp’s customized approach, templates, and exercises to be among the most effective that we have used.
— JENNA HAMMOND, NEW MOMS