At Essex & Drake, we incorporate our values into each client relationship and project. Our team members develop productive partnerships with our clients based on these core values:


All of our team members have held development staff positions at local nonprofit organizations. We have worked in the trenches. 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.

Racial Equity & Social Justice

We recognize that racial equity is not just about values, it's about a systemic shift we must work to create with our actions. We commit to providing 20 hours of pro bono services each year to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and Person of Color)-led organizations in the Bay Area. We prioritize working with clients that are actively challenging the roots of oppression and social injustices.

Ethical Standards

We are 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.


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.


Ready to find out more?

Learn more about Esssex and Drake's Services.