At Essex & Drake, we incorporate our values into each client relationship and project. By listening carefully, speaking candidly, handling information discreetly, and managing effectively, our team members develop productive partnerships with our clients based on these core values:
We are highly experienced in the field of philanthropy. Because of our long-term successful consulting experience and in-depth knowledge, we are able to combine the expertise offered by larger firms with the creativity and flexibility of a small firm.
We are professional and committed to the highest ethical standards. We will always make recommendations that are in our clients’ best interest (even if they aren’t in ours.) We understand the importance of donor confidentiality and the security of our clients’ financial information.
All of our team members have held development staff positions at local nonprofit organizations. We have worked in the trenches. We know that funding is often the lead gating factor to making a difference in our community. We now enjoy the rewarding work of coaching volunteers and staff, accessing their untapped potential, and empowering them to raise the funds needed to make an even greater impact in the communities they serve.
Team work is an essential element of each client project. Our consultants understand that strong relationships between consultant team members and the client’s staff and board lead to the most successful outcomes. While each client has a dedicated consultant for their project, we may engage other professionals or organizations in instances where partnerships would yield greater impact.
Our team members are dependable and responsive. After years of experience consistently providing valuable counsel, our consultants truly understand the importance of follow through and prompt communication.
Essex & Drake was founded by Peter Drake and Glen Essex in 1977. For decades, Peter and Glen led the firm with a commitment to providing organizations with valuable fundraising counsel, helping to fulfill their missions most effectively. At first Peter and Glen worked exclusively on campaigns for churches before expanding to help organizations with a variety of missions. Throughout the years, new team members joined the firm, advising clients on the most successful fundraising strategies. In 1995, senior consultant, Sharon Svensson became president of the firm. Sharon understood and embraced the belief that strong relationships between consultants and the client’s staff and board lead to the most successful outcomes. Under Sharon’s steadfast leadership, the firm continued to garner a reputation for providing invaluable counsel. In 2016, senior consultant, Chelsey Souza became president. Today, Chelsey leads an accomplished team of consultants who incorporate Essex & Drake’s core values into every project.