About Us


The Rolfson Group is a team of 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 by enhancing their financial sustainability.



Effective fundraising goes far beyond asking for money, and ensuring a substantial return on investment requires adhering to best philanthropic practices. We work with senior leadership to assess organizational priorities and aspirations, then plan and deliver effective advancement initiatives that reflect available resources and intentional timeframes.



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.


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

“The Rolfson Group’s work with us helped our leadership team better understand what goes into fundraising and prospect development.  The donor screenings helped us segment new prospects that we could and should solicit, and we now have a list of planned giving prospects to whom we can reach out in the new year.  The forms and tools provided are now our new development “go-tos,” and the development committee loved them. After being involved in the gap analysis, our committee also is asking for more help developing their elevator speeches… the work with Rolfson Group has been huge, giving us a plan and measurable action steps by which to reach our goals.”

Erin Merrill, Development Director, Educare Central Maine

“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

“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

“The Rolfson Group team provided crucial guidance as Waterville Community Dental Center made its way through a challenging relocation of its nonprofit dental center.  Kate O’Halloran was our chief navigator, assisting us from initial strategic planning through the final stages of our successful capital campaign.  Her perspective and guidance were invaluable. Marci Bernard helped us develop a vital understanding of potential foundation resources, and we feel her assistance with grant requests was an important component of our success.  We were well supported by the coordinated team work of the Rolfson Group.”

Barbara Covey MD, President of the Board, Waterville Community Dental Center

“We found Eric and his colleague Kate genuinely interested and immediately committed to our capital campaign.  Eric was especially of help as we refined our case for support, and he provided skillful editing of other written communications.  Our board of directors quickly felt we were in good hands with Rolfson Group because of their encouraging, can-do approach.  RGI’s personal engagement was refreshing!”

Jenny Rowe, Head of School, Friends School of Portland

“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 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

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