Welcome to the Wright Collective.
Our organization strives to be more than a company- we are a community.
As experienced fundraisers and philanthropic advisors, we work intentionally to bring all stakeholders together to created trust-based, long-term partnerships. In our core curriculum, we challenge our sector to evolve and support nonprofit professionals, movement leaders, and philanthropists of all kinds. We believe it's time to embrace abundance and drive social change.
In this collective, we support each other. Our goal and purpose is to create systems and structures that bring significant resources to your mission while also allowing you to feel joy and community in the process. Philanthropy is not just about money, it’s about mobilizing resources of all kinds to create a more just world for all.
Founder and Principle
Having spent time as a human rights activist in Eastern Europe and Africa, Alyssa brings over a decade of experience in international philanthropy to Wright Collective. With a background in community organizing and the arts, Alyssa leads the collective with skill, creativity, and passion. As an accomplished facilitator, consultant, and coach, she builds new revenue streams, shifts cultural perspectives, and inspires people to believe that change is possible no matter what.
She has helped hundreds of both domestic and global social change organizations successfully launch major gifts programs, capital campaigns, and create sustainable funding models resulting in over $50,000,000 of resource flow. Everyone that has worked with Alyssa knows that she is a true partner. She answers late-night text messages, takes on difficult conversations with donors for clients, and makes jokes that will keep clients smiling through rejected proposals and rained-out fundraising events. Her experience and wit has also allowed her to become a sought-after speaker on philanthropy and fund development as well as a regular contributor to Forbes, Global Giving, and Network for Good. Alyssa is a powerful Millennial voice in the social change movement.
Fun Fact: Alyssa has had to handle a lot of stressful situations as a fundraiser over the last decade including a funder revoking a seven-figure gift at the last minute, sexual harassment while stewarding a male donor over the years, and having to fire and rebuild an entire board of directors in a few weeks. No situation seems unknown to her as a fundraiser!
Kimberly is the Research Coordination Guru at Wright Collective. After graduating with a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science in 2009, Kim’s interest in research grew deeply and took a whole different direction after meeting Alyssa. That turning point sparked in her the passion and desire to put her amazing research skills into contributing to social justice issues and helping organizations make a change. Since then, Kim has led donor research for over two dozen nonprofit clients resulting in over $1,000,000 in new funding for those organizations. Her tenacity to keep looking, ability to sort through large amounts of information, and her continuous support of the Wright collective team through research and information, is what makes her indispensable to our organization. “At Wright Collective, we continue to better ourselves as human beings. We’re not know-it-alls, we learn from our clients as they do from us, growing as individuals and not just through our business.”
Kim has also supported philanthropic clients in researching prospective grantees and understanding many complex, timely issues across the globe because fundraising processes can be strongly impacted by the availability of resources, rendering the need to have someone that can find them, crucial. And Kimberly is a pro at doing just that.
Fun Fact: Kim is the comic relief at Wright Collective. No matter how overwhelming work becomes, Kimberly is always there to make her team smile with her witty, hilarious, and quite sarcastic nature.
Alison’s journey to working full time as a fundraising consultant was a lengthy one with many twists and turns, which first began from a place of passion: dancing. As a young modern dance student, she wrote her first grant proposal while trying to secure funds for her university’s community dance company. From there, the roller-coaster ride continued when she landed in the San Francisco Bay Area and worked with a consulting firm for performing arts organizations, a restorative justice program for youth, a children’s legal aid organization, and a free health clinic - experiences that broadened her scope and skills from grant writer to development associate to special events manager.
Moving back to the Boston area in 2013, Alison tried on a brand new hat as a contracted consultant for nonprofits and loved how it fit. She initially worked with the American Red Cross of MA, The Philanthropy Connection in Cambridge, and Legal Services for Children in San Francisco. When she finally met Alyssa through the women’s collective giving group, The Philanthropy Connection, all the experiences came together complementing each other and allowed her to be exactly where she needed to be, at Wright Collective. Alison is calculated, patient, highly analytical, and a great listener, which makes her the best development and grants consultant for go-to strategy and planning.
“My work with the collective focuses on the details of fundraising behind the scenes of the public facing campaigns - creating the support mechanisms that ensure organizations are sustainable with systems and structures to keep them going for years to come.” As women and working moms, Alison feels that the team at Wright Collective has truly created a culture and space where members can be their true selves, support each other, and still get the job done in the most efficient way. “I can't imagine myself with any other company”.
Fun fact: During a brief period in her life, Alison traveled the world as a lowly wine harvest intern (and loved every minute of the backbreaking, delicious work). This experience was a wonderful hiatus from her career in fundraising but also solidified her calling for working with nonprofits that are making vital differences for their communities and the world.
Consultants in Network
Liberatory Transitions and Visions Consulting, Transformative Systems Learn Series