NPC is proud to associate with the following independent consultants when additional expertise or capacity may be required.  These experts have worked closely with NPC and provide outstanding service to clients while maintaining NPC's standards of professionalism, proficiency and work ethic.  Their services can be accessed as part of the scope of work for an NPC project or accessed individually through their own websites.

Karrie Zuccarello

Philanthropic Consultant

As an experienced frontline fundraiser within large and small organizations, Karrie has a unique understanding of donor development across sectors. By focusing on relationship management with a process and data-driven approach, Karrie helps organizations bring their full potential to fruition.


Prior to nonprofit consulting, Karrie served as Chief Development Officer at Conner Prairie where she led the development team of nine professional fundraisers in securing the organization’s largest foundation grant, largest corporate partnership agreement and oversaw the completion of major gift fundraising for capital projects.


Previously, Karrie worked in higher-education fundraising at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business during the university’s $4.5 billion campaign. During her tenure, she served as Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and later as Associate Director of Major Gifts. Following her work at the University of Chicago, Karrie served as Director of Development at Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs with a focus on major gift development and the school’s first unit-based annual fund program.


Karrie started her fundraising career at the March of Dimes where she served in two offices: Allentown, Pennsylvania and Chicago, Illinois. With the March of Dimes, she mastered the “soup to nuts” mindset of grassroots nonprofit before honing her skill as a focused fundraiser, eventually managing one of the national organization’s top-grossing special events.


Karrie has BS in nonprofit administration from Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and has completed executive education programs through the Chicago Management Institute at the Booth School of Business and the Center for Creative Leadership.


Karrie can be contacted at

Jennifer A. McDonough

Philanthropic Consultant

Jennifer A. McDonough has nearly 40 years of experience in the development and advancement profession incorporating institutional leadership positions and fundraising consulting services focusing on campaigns; development and constituent relations program planning, implementation, and evaluation; and internal and external leader and partner engagement.


As a former executive associate with the fundraising consulting firm of Bentz Whaley Flessner for nearly 20 years, Ms. McDonough served a broad and diverse range of nonprofit institutions and organizations across the country in the arts and culture, community service, higher education, academic medicine, and healthcare sectors as well as foundations and non-governmental organizations. In this capacity, she provided both comprehensive and program-specific consulting services for clients advancing campaigns and sustainable fundraising programs with a wide range of strategic and financial goals.  Past arts and culture clients have included major symphony orchestras, theatre and opera companies and children’s museums.


Jennifer brings extensive experience and expertise in the strategic prioritization and articulation of funding objectives; campaign feasibility and planning studies; campaign planning, preparation, management, execution, and evaluation; annual giving, major gift, and planned giving programs; talent development; internal leader and partner cultivation and solicitation orientation and involvement; and both standing and campaign-specific board, committee, and individual volunteer leader engagement with philanthropic pursuits.


Earlier in her career, Jennifer held positions with the National Alliance for Arts Education within the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Arts Coordination Office within the U.S. Department of Education, the Indiana Department of Public Instruction as Arts-in-Education Project Coordinator, and the Natural Heritage Trust/Artpark.


Jennifer holds a master’s degree in multidisciplinary studies with a concentration in arts management and a bachelor’s degree in art education, both from the State University of New York College at Buffalo.

Cathy R. Sheffield


Cathy R. Sheffield is a fundraising executive with over 20-years experience, specializing in major gifts and gift planning. She is President of ThinkGiving, a consulting firm based in Fort Worth, Texas, which specializes in strategic philanthropy for nonprofits and individuals and in providing leadership and comprehensive major and planned gift consulting services to nonprofit organizations of all sizes. Cathy is also a Vice President with Thompson & Associates, offering estate planning services to nonprofits.  Cathy has experience in healthcare and education for organizations such as All Saints Health Foundation, Texas Health Resources Foundation, Cook Children’s Health Foundation, Texas Christian University, The University of Texas at Arlington and the American Diabetes Association. Prior to living in North Texas, Cathy lived in Washington, DC and worked on Capitol Hill for United States Senator Byron L. Dorgan of North Dakota.    


Cathy is the immediate Past-Chair of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (formerly the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning), served as the 2015 Chair of the National Conference on Philanthropic Planning. Cathy is also a member of the CGP Leadership Institute, a program that provides education, networking and service opportunities for the nation’s most experienced charitable planners. Locally, Cathy is a member and past president of the Lone Star Council of PPP (Fort Worth) and a member and past officer of the North Texas Chapter of PPP (Dallas). In 2015, Cathy was honored by the Fort Worth Metro Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals with The Ben Franklin Award for the Outstanding Professional Fundraising Executive.  In May, 2017, Cathy was given the Star Award from the Lone Star Council of Charitable Gift Planners for outstanding service to the council and profession.  


Cathy received her MBA from Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business and a Bachelor of Science from North Dakota State University. Cathy is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®), Certified Specialist in Planned Giving (CSPG), and a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).


In her personal life, Cathy is a member of the Fort Worth Women’s Club and the Fort Worth Club. Cathy is a past-president of the board of directors for Camp Sanguinity, a camp for children with cancer and blood disorders. In addition to serving on the board for Camp Sanguinity, Cathy and her husband, Scott, volunteer as camp counselors for the week-long summer camp. Cathy and her husband reside in Fort Worth, Texas where they enjoy spending time with their 10-year old grandson.  

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