Strategically-Focused, People-Centered Nonprofit Consultants

Rose City Philanthropy Jeri Alcock and Lara Miller nonprofit consultants

About Rose City Philanthropy

Rose City Philanthropy was founded by Jeri Alcock and Lara Miller. We have 40 years of combined experience consulting to and working in mission-driven institutions. 

We have provided services for national and regional foundations, coalitions, colleges, arts groups, and others. We maintain a network of consultants, grant writers, and data specialists that partner to bring you the optimal team for your project or campaign. 

Jeri Alcock

Senior Partner

Jeri has worked in the nonprofit sector for twenty-eight years as a fundraising professional and consultant. She earned her Certified Fundraising Executive credential in 2008 when she became a full-time consultant. She provides campaign planning and counsel for cities, special districts, and nonprofits across the Pacific Northwest. 

Jeri completed her undergraduate degree at Pacific University and her master’s at Portland State University.   She is a former board member of Forward Stride Center for Therapeutic Recreation and the Oregon Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. 

Jeri is passionate about helping great causes to find their greatest champions. She is a certified facilitator in the 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team©, and her favorite projects involve audacious goals and results-oriented teamwork. Jeri resides in Beaverton, Oregon, but her favorite place is on her paddleboard anywhere in the sun.

Jeri Alcock, Rose City Philanthropy, Partner and Senior Nonprofit Consultant
Lara Miller, Rose City Philanthropy, Partner and Nonprofit Consultant

Lara Miller

Senior Partner

Lara brings 12 years of multi-media marketing, ten years of brick-and-mortar business ownership, and ten years of fundraising experience to her consulting practice. She has led the fundraising efforts for arts and culture, environment, and social service nonprofits. 

Lara served as both chair and vice-chair of the PHAME board and is currently on the Pittock Mansion board. Lara is certified by the International Institute of Cultural Affairs in the Technology of Participation (ToP™) Facilitation and Planning Method. Lara’s work brings diverse voices to the table and taps into collective wisdom resulting in lofty goals and systemic change. 

Cece Clitheroe


Cece has deep knowledge and experience leading capital and program expansion campaigns for hospitals and schools.  As a leader in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years, she served as the Executive Director of a hospital foundation, working closely with the board of directors to successfully complete multiple capital projects. Her prior 25-year career in commercial banking gives her a strategic edge on capital projects that weave financing and fundraising to reach their campaign goals.

Throughout her career, Cece has served on many boards including Boys and Girls Club, Rotary Club, and a local wetlands reserve. She earned her Bachelor of Economics degree from UCLA and received certification from the Western Agricultural Credit School at Washington State University. She is an avid gardener and loves to cook and travel with her husband.

Cece Clitheroe, Rose City Philanthropy, nonprofit consultant

Penny Cowden

MPA. FHAP, CFRE, Consultant

Penny has specialized in nonprofit philanthropy for almost thirty years as a philanthropy executive and consultant.  She has worked at mid to large health systems throughout the United States as well as organizations serving national audiences.  She is experienced in all levels of fundraising as well as strategic planning, capital campaigns and planned giving programs.

Penny earned her bachelor’s from Portland State University and master’s degree from Washington State University. She holds the CFRE designation and has earned advanced certification as a Fellow in the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (FAHP).

She has served on a variety of regional boards and is a previous board member for the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners.  Penny is a native of the Pacific Northwest and enjoys spending time with her husband and their favorite Labrador friend, Jax.

Caryl Zenker


Caryl has three decades of nonprofit experience including zoos and aquariums, the arts, public broadcasting, and civic engagement.  A practitioner and educator, she has managed multi-million-dollar campaigns and taught nonprofit management and fundraising at Portland State University and University of Washington.

Caryl was born in New York City, received a B.A. from The Evergreen State College and attended the Evans School of Public Affairs. She is committed to social justice and has served as Board President for the Seabury School in Tacoma, Washington and a grant reviewer for the Youth Development Division of the Oregon Department of Education. Currently, Caryl is serving on the board of Stone Soup PDX.    

Caryl is an avid Pinot Noir fan and you will often find her sharing this liquid magic in the Willamette Valley at Sokol Blosser Winery.

Maggie McKinney

Business Manager

Maggie has nearly 25 years of administrative experience. After working in higher education support for 17 years, she is excited to utilize her knowledge in the nonprofit sector. She studied Theatre Arts at Portland State University and is passionate about the arts, environmental, and social justice.

Maggie is a Neighborhood Tree Steward in Vancouver, WA and deeply committed to maintaining and enhancing her community’s urban natural resources. She loves spending time in her garden, hiking, and playing board games with her husband and two children.

Alissa Beddow

Graphic Designer

Alissa is a multi-disciplinary designer who works with civic organizations to advance ideas, initiatives, products, and services. She has a background in Applied Linguistics and has worked in nonprofit communications and design for over 10 years. From page to pixel, she works collaboratively with project teams to solve problems and deliver products that are accessible, effective, and well-crafted. She enjoys helping teams materialize complex information and call attention to their good work.

Charmaine Nawrocki and pit bull, Jesse, at the Humane Society of Cowlitz County.
Charmaine Nawrocki and pit bull, Jesse, at the Humane Society of Cowlitz County.

Lara and Jeri were both phenomenal in explaining steps and going above and beyond for our organization.

– Charmaine Nawrocki, Executive Director
Humane Society of Cowlitz County

Our Philosophy

We believe in the power of purpose.  When the right people come together around a shared passion great things happen.  We also believe in laughter because giving and receiving should be joyous. 

We enter at a strategic level and encourage bold, informed leadership because strong teams are best able to advance their missions.  We work with organizations whose missions we believe in because integrity is our driving value.

Rose City Philanthropy nonprofit consulting team in Portland, Oregon.