Staffing + Coaching

The right team member when you need it, to ensure you meet your deadlines and goals.

Interim Staffing

Whether you are experiencing a sudden loss of a key position or you simply need to augment your fundraising team while someone is on leave, let us help you manage gaps in staffing so you can stay focused on meeting revenue goals. We provide experienced consultants to serve in a range of interim positions including development directors, grant writers, individual and institutional giving specialists, impact storytellers, researchers, and event planners.


As you build your development team, let us be a partner to ensure you hire the best fundraisers to drive giving. From creating job descriptions and reviewing resumes to conducting initial candidate screens and checking references, we ensure a smooth process to identify and vet potential development directors, managers, or associates, foundation and corporate giving specialists, and other roles.


If fundraising isn’t your area of expertise and you’re bringing on staff to expand your development program, how can you ensure your new hire will be set up for success? Even if you have a great depth of knowledge in the field, your time is tight and you may not have the time to spend ensuring a new staff person is ready at the start. Our consultants have experience onboarding fundraising staff with a focus on:

  • Clarifying priorities and goals
  • Meeting immediate deadlines
  • Identifying opportunities
  • Working collaboratively to keep tasks manageable

"Focus helped us with significant staffing challenges as we built our team in an impossibly tight market. From senior-level consultants helping us engage individual and institutional donors, writers crafting proposals, reports, and impact stories, to researchers who offer prospect and donor information quickly, our partnership continues to provide us a deep bench when we need it."

Sr. Development Director

Center for Policing Equity

Executive and Development Staff Coaching

Fundraising is a team sport. Coaching is key to making sure everyone excels at the game.

When you have big goals, you need to ensure you’ve got a solid tactical plan and coaching to match. Through our coaching engagements, we guide you through prospect cultivation and donor solicitations and help you close gifts while also building a culture of philanthropy in your organization.

Our services include:

  • Executive and fundraising staff coaching
  • Development staff strategy sessions and tailored training
  • Development staff retreat facilitation

"I could fill a book explaining how helpful [Focus consultant] Jackie Indek Beres is. Her knowledge of the nonprofit fundraising world surpassed my expectations. She helped me create ideas that work for my style of cultivating donors, not someone else's. She made learning and understanding the nuances of the nonprofit world fun and exciting."

Donor Engagement Officer

Elizabeth Dole Foundation

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