Meet The Team

Senior Consultant, Director of Community Engagement

Ariel Glassman

About Ariel

I have lived and breathed fundraising and nonprofit management for the past 16 years. I have helped organizations across all mission spaces sculpt innovative fundraising programs, strengthen their internal capacity, connect deeply with their donors, and propel their work to new heights.

I combine deep strength in organizational analytics with broad operational fundraising chops and a knack for customizing fundraising strategy. I infuse my projects with a culture of teaching and learning, and focus on growing your ability to fundraise after our partnership ends. My expertise includes development planning and operations, building systematic and intentional donor engagement programs, defining staffing needs and structuring development teams, building and refining infrastructure and tools, donor data analytics and donor surveys, and donor communications. I love to help my clients build connective tissue between their fundraising strategy, development operations, staff capacity, and donor relationships.

Fun facts about Ariel:

  • I love to lift weights, and my best power lift is definitely the deadlift.
  • I’ve written speeches for three former mayors of Seattle.
  • Fundraising runs in my family - my sister is a talented major and planned giving expert on the east coast. 


Ariel dove into her work with vigor, enthusiasm, and a genuine passion to see the organization succeed in all areas, not just fundraising. She is savvy, strategic, and knows all the ins and outs of fundraising intimately. She helped us develop a giving strategy, plan a major gala, and hire a new Director of Development. Ariel knows what needs to get done and makes it happen.

Kirsten Rogers, OneWorld NOW!

Ariel brought an astounding level of knowledge and enthusiasm to the Development Department. In particular, her ability to comprehensively assess our list of current and potential funders and uncover ways in which we could improve our approach and follow-through with each of them reinvigorated our funding requests. That she was able to accomplish this while injecting such positive energy into our team made our experience with Ostara joyous as well as successful.

John Osebold, ACT Theatre

    Ready to discuss how we can work together?

    Recent Posts

    In Football and Fundraising, Don't Overlook the Equipment

    Nonprofits often don't invest in the tools their staff, Board, and volunteers... | Read More

    Cut Through GiveBIG Noise with a Peer-to-Peer Campaign

    Is your inbox like mine during GiveBIG: flooded? Peer-to-peer campaigns help... | Read More

    Top Seven Signs It's Time to Call a Facilitator

    Think of a facilitator as a nonprofit doctor specializing in organizational... | Read More