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Alison Yoder


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Alison’s journey to working full-time as a fundraising consultant was a lengthy one with many twists and turns, which 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. These experiences 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”.

Experience and Skills

Strategic Planning

Feasibility and Planning Studies

International Fundraising Strategies 

Development Systems & Operations 

MArketing and Communications

Leadership Advisory and Coaching

Education, CertificatioNs & Volunteering 

University of Boulder

Bachelor of Art, Dance

Goucher College

Women's Health
Education Fund

Annual Fundraising Committee

Berklee Free Clinic


Red Cross - Boston

Development Volunteer

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