• Taproot Consulting
  • Beth Trigg
  • PO Box 42
  • Asheville NC 28802

828 776 1973

Paid non-profit work (years): 17
Unpaid non-profit work (years): 20
Consulting experience (years): 7

Current Professional Affiliations and Licenses

State of North Carolina Charitable Solicitation License for Fundraising Consulting (License number SL100900).

Summary of your consulting practice and relevant experience
Please see my website at for a complete list of services, a full bio, and up-to-date client list.  
My mission is to provide affordable, accessible, professional consulting to help community-based organizations build skills and capacity to create social change. 
Primary services are centered around financial sustainability, and include fund development planning, and fundraising training for nonprofit Boards and staff, and personalized coaching. Other services include facilitation, participatory planning, and evaluation. 
My approach to working with clients is open, collaborative, and creative, seeking to help your organization access resources, build power, and hone skills to create the change you envision.

My work is focused on helping organizations develop capacity and skills to sustain themselves.  I work primarily with grassroots groups, from the very early stages of organizational development onward.  I specialize in fund development training for boards and staffs, fund development planning, and annual fund planning.  

I bring to my consulting practice 17 years of experience in developing annual campaigns and major gifts programs for a variety of national, regional, and local organizations.  I emphasize a community-based/grassroots fundraising approach, focused on annual fund planning and development. 

I have taught for the Duke nonprofit program  ("Creating a Development Plan"), and for Pathways("Creating a Development Plan," "Annual Campaign Planning," and "Planning, Preparing, and Practicing for The Ask") and worked in collaboration with WNC Pathways and Hunter Kemper Consulting to develop and facilitate Pathways' "Fundraising for Sustainability" workshop.   

Having managed one- or two- person development offices as a nonprofit staff member for 10 years, I also offer help and support for new development staff with time management, planning, and strategy.   I provide critiques of mail, phone, and in-person solicitations from individuals based on my experience in successfully soliciting individual gifts. I also assist with editing and evaluation of brochures, annual reports, and other publications, with the understanding that many small and grassroots groups are producing and designing these resources in-house.

Having been active in movements for social, economic, and environmental justice as a volunteer, I bring that focus to my consulting work as well.  I believe in the power of pooled resources--energy, time, talent, and money--to change our communities and our world for the better.


Area of Expertise Fundraising/Development
Types of Service
Annual Funds, Case for Support, Individual Donor Appeals , Fund Development Planning, Fund Development Evaluation and Measurement
Reference 1 Homeward Bound of Asheville

Contact name
Brian Alexander
Contact Phone
Contact title Executive Director Contact Email

Type of service provided for this organization

Facilitated creation of a 3-year Fund Development Plan through a collaborative process with staff and Board (2010-2011).

Reference 2 The Foundation for Mitchell County

Contact name
Susan Larson
Contact Phone
Contact title Board Chair Contact Email

Type of service provided for this organization

Facilitation of a series of workshops for nonprofit Board and staff members geared toward small groups working in the rural counties of Mitchell, Avery, and Yancey. Additional follow-up consulting with Mitchell, Avery, and Yancey County organizations focused on fund development planning and implementation.

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