We offer a range of consulting services specializing in fund development. Fundraising is one of the most critical endeavors that an organization will undertake and we're here to help. Our services include capital campaign counsel, board and leadership coaching, strategic planning, major giving programs, and philanthropic development assessments.

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Our Approach

We understand that every organization is unique. After initial conversations and discovery, we design each project specifically to fit the priorities, needs, and resources of our unique clients. Our goal is provide elite guidance, thoughtful strategy, and transformational training to staff and volunteers.

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Our People

Our expert team of community-minded consultants is experienced and dedicated to guiding our clients through successful campaigns and projects. We have worked in the trenches as development staff for Bay Area organizations, we understand the local landscape of philanthropy, and we are committed to these values.

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Hear From Our Clients...

“During challenging times at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, Essex & Drake stepped in and guided us through a successful fundraising campaign. They played a key role in putting us on solid financial ground.” 

~Joan K. Seppala, Board President

About our Firm

Essex & Drake is a boutique development consulting firm partnering with organizations seeking to raise philanthropic funds. We advise leaders and boards on strategies for raising gifts for annual funds, capital campaigns and planned giving efforts.

We believe that philanthropy is most effective when it is personal, face-to-face, focused on stewardship, and raised through trust-based relationships. Our charter is to help organizations increase their fundraising results and engage their leadership, donors, and boards in the exciting and passionate endeavor that is philanthropic giving.

Essex & Drake has been helping nonprofit organizations raise funds since 1977.