Strategically-Focused, People-Centered Nonprofit Consultants
We are trusted advisers and senior resource development professionals who have worked in and consulted to mission-driven institutions for three decades.
We’re responding to the changing landscape of philanthropy by combining the art and science of fundraising. We understand how data and technology should inform strategy.
When organizations become data-informed, they are better equipped
to advance their missions. We are proud to be a woman-owned enterprise supporting mission-driven teams across the Northwest.
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.
Partner & Senior Consultant
Without the right mix of people, passion, and purpose, a team cannot succeed. That’s where I come in. I am passionate about helping great causes find their greatest champions. I specialize in annual and capital campaigns with an emphasis on strong board leadership and data-informed strategy.
Philanthropy is in my DNA. During my twenty-year career in the sector, I have worked as a manager, fundraiser, consultant and facilitator. I’m also an entrepreneur, having started two companies serving the nonprofit community.
I believe strongly in leaving my clients wiser and more competent so that you can continue to achieve remarkable things after our engagement ends. I have completed Capacity Building and Training for:
- National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association
- National Community Action Partnership
- Oregon Community Foundation
- Meyer Memorial Trust
- Habitat for Humanity of Oregon
- Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon
The foundation of every successful organization is the annual fund. Sometimes I help clients to start an individual donor program. Other times, I assess the situation and create a plan for improvement. I’ve worked with the following organizations on their Annual and Special Campaigns:
- Willamette Partnership development assessment and major gift strategy
- Centro Cultural major gift planning
- Portland Gay Men’s Chorus major gift planning
- REACH Community Development major gift planning
- Campfire Columbia development assessment and restructure
- YWCA of Columbia Willamette development assessment and recruitment plan
- St. Andrews Legal Clinic development assessment and board training
Capital Campaigns by their very nature are transformative because they ask the community to take a leap of faith with you and envision what could be. I’ve been privileged to lead the following campaigns:
- SOLVE-The Jack and Jan McGowan Endowment campaign
- Community Action Organization Head Start capital campaign
- Clackamas County Head Start River Road Campus campaign
- Cornelius Public Library campaign
- Community Vision Seven Corners campaign
I currently serve on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Oregon Chapter where I chair the Professional Development program. I am also a member of the Willamette Valley Development Officers and Nonprofit Association of Oregon. I became a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2008. Previously, I served as an Associate Consultant for the Nonprofit Association of Oregon Executive Transition Services from 2007-2014.
When I’m not consulting, I bike and paddleboard, spend time with my rescue mutts, Gracie and Donut, and cook for people I love.
Partner & Consultant
Change is hard, and often, organizations need someone to guide them from where they are to where they want to be.
That’s what I do. My joy is guiding and supporting organizations through times of growth and transition. I do this by helping fundraising leadership staff and boards refocus their attention on their most important roles: connecting the work they do to the mission of the organizations they lead and serve.
In my work, a smart strategy is critical to an organization’s success. Achieving your mission doesn’t happen without it. Together, we will ask and answer the hard questions that lead to effective strategic, fundraising, and staffing plans.
And then, we’ll work together to make change happen. I’m a partner and an ally in the work you’re doing, and I am committed to your success.
I specialize in:
- Development assessment and planning
- Executive recruitment and coaching
- Board development
- Strategic planning
I bring a collaborative spirit to my work, plus 20 years of experience as a fundraiser, marketing and communications professional, and entrepreneur.
Since 2011, I have raised more than $10 million for education, environmental, arts, and social justice organizations.
Some of the organizations I’ve had the honor to work are:
- Pittock Mansion
- Cascade AIDS Project
- Tillamook Bay Community College Foundation
- The Hollywood Theatre
- Family Forward
- Echo Theater
- Gender Spectrum
- Sustainable Northwest
In June of 2018, after completing two three-year terms as Chair and member at large, I stepped down from the Board of Directors of PHAME, a Portland-based organization devoted to providing arts education and performance opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities.
During my six-year involvement with the organization, I worked closely with the executive director on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, and brought PHAME forward into a new era of inclusion of people with developmental disabilities into the mainstream arts community.
I was also a member of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon’s interim development director team and continue to be an affiliated consultant.
I’m a dabbler and love to learn – my current dabble is learning to play the ukulele.
I live in beautiful Portland, Oregon, and love to explore the state with my wife and our new puppy, Trouble.
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
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.