Alan Cantor makes good nonprofits stronger by helping them position themselves for success.


Strategic Planning

Al helps staff and board leadership undertake strategic planning processes that promote a deeper understanding of institutional values, an appreciation for external challenges, and a focus on critical – and often overlooked – issues.

Campaign Feasibility Studies

Organizations often need to test the waters before launching a major campaign. Al will analyze your capacity to carry out a capital campaign. He will help you craft a persuasive case statement. And he will then discuss that case statement with donors and funders and give you a candid assessment of the potential success of your campaign.

Campaign Counsel

Al will design a structure for your capital campaign, help you prioritize your prospects, train and support your volunteer and staff solicitors, and put the pieces in place to support your success.

Staff and Board Training

Al provides training on a variety of subjects, including clarifying the roles of board and staff; attracting, cultivating, and keeping donors; understanding planned giving and creating an effective gift planning program; and building a culture of philanthropy. In his trainings, Al works to demystify fundraising and to change the development process from a subject of apprehension to one of excitement and opportunity.

Development Assessments

Al helps organizations analyze their fundraising staffing, plans, methods, priorities, and infrastructure, and recommends adjustments so they can better achieve their goals.

Planned Giving Services

Organizations call on Al for various aspects of charitable gift planning: providing training to boards and staff, making presentations to groups of donors, building the infrastructure for accepting and managing gifts, and being on-call for confidential conversations with his clients’ donors regarding their personal gift planning.

Executive Mentoring

Al recognizes that it’s not easy being the CEO. He can help nonprofit leaders gain perspective, reprioritize their responsibilities, manage and delegate, and move the organization forward.

“Al facilitated a critically important two-day board retreat, where we wrestled with two very big issues. His work, both in preparing for the retreat and in conducting it, was outstanding. My board members were delighted. All are experienced, having served on many boards, and all shared their happiness with the planning retreat and its outcomes. One expressed that this was the single best meeting he had attended in all his years of board service.”

John Molinaro,
President and CEO

Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth