What We Do

Non-Profit Services

Pathfinder Philanthropy Advisors works with regional non-profit organizations in the context of strategic planning, organizational capacity building, capital campaign planning and management, community outreach and leadership training. We develop and support an organizational “Culture of Philanthropy” with our clients. In partnership with the staff leadership, board members understand, embrace and act upon fundraising activities of annual, capital, and major donor campaigns in a collaborative and donor-focused effort.

Strategic Planning


Organizational Capacity Building


Capital Campaign Planning & Management


Leadership Training


Community Outreach


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What We Do

Philanthropy Services

Pathfinder Philanthropy Advisors provides research and counsel on charitable giving, develops philanthropic giving programs and offers strategic management services for small foundations, trusts and philanthropists.

Research & Counsel on Charitable Giving


Strategic Management Services


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Meet Elaine

About

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Elaine Walsh Carney, Principal

  • Strategic Advisor
  • Decades of Fundraising Experience
  • Skilled and Experienced Facilitator and Negotiator

Building a Culture of Philanthropy

Elaine Carney draws on 26 years of service in the nonprofit sector to realize her passion of helping clients develop the resources and build the relationships that will improve their nonprofit organization. From capital campaign planning to facilitating collaborative processes to creating and implementing strategic plans to volunteer training and coaching, her experience and education have created a strong foundation for her current work.

Elaine has contributed as a consultant in the nonprofit and conflict resolution fields, and as an instructor for the National Outdoor Leader School. She is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, where she studied Environmental Anthropology and African Studies, and has completed graduate level courses at Antioch University and the Harvard Program on Negotiation. Elaine is also an avid skier, cyclist, and tennis player who enjoys spending time in the mountains with her family.

Recent Accomplishments Include

  • Elaine currently serves on the Board of Directors for Western Resource Advocates, based in Boulder, Colorado.
  • In February 2014, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead appointed Elaine to serve a second four-year term on the State of Wyoming Agriculture and Natural Resources Mediation Board.
  • In 2012, Elaine served as a volunteer on the Trust for Public Land’s “Save the Hoback” Campaign. In 90 days, the organization raised the $8.75 million necessary to purchase Plains Exploration and Production’s (PXP) 58,000 acres of oil and gas leases and permanently protect Wyoming’s beloved Hoback Basin.
  • From 2010-2012, Elaine served on the Board of Directors for the Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wyoming, where she led the effort to raise $1 million in general operating funds annually.
  • Elaine served as the Advisory Council Co-Chair of the National Outdoor Leadership School from 2007-2010 and participated as a general member of the council from 2003-2007.

Our goal is to develop and support an organizational “Culture of Philanthropy” amongst our clients. Staff leadership and board members will obtain the support they need to act as a team in embracing fundraising for annual, capital, and special project campaigns. We support successful campaigns that are collaborative and donor-driven.

Recent Projects

Clients

Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation

Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation

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Teton Valley Aquatics

Teton Valley Aquatics

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Central Wyoming College

Central Wyoming College

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Teton Creek Corridor

Teton Creek Corridor

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Maine Recovery Fund

Maine Recovery Fund

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Alexander Dawson School

Alexander Dawson School

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Keystone Science School

Keystone Science School

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Alliance for Sustainable Colorado

Alliance for Sustainable Colorado

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American Alpine Club

American Alpine Club

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The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy

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Teton County Search and Rescue

Teton County Search and Rescue

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Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe

Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe

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Aspen Community School

Aspen Community School

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Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club

Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club

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Center for the Arts

Center for the Arts

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Wyoming Community Foundation

Wyoming Community Foundation

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Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail

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Larimer Humane Society

Larimer Humane Society

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Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club

Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club

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Greater Yellowstone Coalition

Greater Yellowstone Coalition

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Snake River Fund

Snake River Fund

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Wyoming Game & Fish Department

Wyoming Game & Fish Department

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Teton Valley Community School

Teton Valley Community School

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