About Us

WHY THE ROLFSON GROUP

The Rolfson Group comprises ten senior professionals, each with expertise in one or more institutional advancement disciplines. We have helped small colleges, large universities, local, national, and international schools, arts and cultural organizations, social service agencies, and healthcare organizations fulfill their missions, all while enhancing their financial sustainability.

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HOW WE CAN HELP

Effective fundraising goes far beyond asking for money, and ensuring a substantial return requires adhering to best philanthropic practices. We work with you to address your institution’s specific priorities, aspirations and budgets. Working with senior leadership, we assess, plan and deliver effective advancement initiatives that reflect available resources and intentional timeframes.

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WORK WITH US

The Rolfson Group forges long-term, meaningful, and authentic relationships with its clients, but consultant involvement typically lessens as a client’s internal development capacity builds. Since each organization’s mission and circumstances are unique, the Group customizes engagements to address short-, mid-, and long-term priorities.

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Meet the Team

What People Are Saying

“I am grateful that the Rolfson Group responded to our need in a timely fashion; was able to customize our engagement according to priorities and available resources; remained tremendously flexible while addressing our specific requirements; and always was a delight with which to work.  I offer my highest endorsement of The Rolfson Group, Inc. and the process they have developed to address diverse not-for-profit needs and opportunities.”

Eric Meyer • President and CEO, Spurwink Services

“Eric did a great job. He is both personable and extremely knowledgeable. He is easily the best advancement program consultant with whom I have worked. I would be happy to recommend Eric to any school head looking for support either to establish a program or to take a program to the next level.”

Dr. Dennis Larkin • Head of School, Lincoln Community School

“Eric and his talented team skillfully assess organizational strengths, gaps and possibilities, and encourage stakeholders to be the change they want to see in their organization. They offer lots of food for thought without killing the appetite for growth. They are professional, accessible and lots of fun to work with. They demystify philanthropy, help us organize and implement essential administrative systems, and inspire us to cultivate relationships in our giving community. What great energy, perspective, wisdom and encouragement The Rolfson Group brings to the planning process. With their guidance, we are plowing ahead confidently.”

Heather Spalding • Deputy Director, MOFGA.org

“Eric and his colleagues were invaluable in our work to re-establish our development office and update our tools and skills. Eric and the team are highly professional and responsive to our needs and circumstances. As a result of the consultation and support we have received from the Rolfson Group, our development strategies have become much more efficient and effective.”

Ken Coville • President and Director of Development, Good Will-Hinckley

“We needed assistance in charting a new course. The Rolfson Group’s impressive team aided us in solidifying a viable plan, improving competencies within the staff, setting forth a more workable major donors program, conducting a comprehensive wealth screening of our alumni body, identifying resources for building capacity within the department, and making technological improvements to access our data base. Their contributions were invaluable, all conveyed with consummate professionalism, knowledge, patience, responsiveness, and congeniality. The Rolfson Group was a perfect choice for us.”

F. Celeste Branham • Vice President for Student and Community Services, University of Maine at Farmington

“The Rolfson Group, with its staff of consultants from different backgrounds, offers a range of expertise small not-for-profits often need. Everyone with whom we have worked has been helpful in a collaborative way, willing to work with us to get the results we need efficiently. I worked with Eric before in another endeavor and I am delighted to work with him again, as an expert and as a person.”

Judith Stein, Chair, Board Development Committee, Penobscot Marine Museum

“Eric Rolfson and his team have the right mix of enthusiasm and realism.  Eric has guided Johnson Hall with a keen sense of timing, consistent coaching, and strategic thinking.”

Patrick Wright, Steering Committee Chair for the Opera House Renovation, Johnson Hall

LET’S WORK TOGETHER

Tell us about your challenges. We will work very closely with you and your organization to ensure a successful plan, tailored to your particular needs.