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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About us

Our Team

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Elaine Walsh Carney, Founding Principal

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

Building a Culture of Philanthropy

Ms. Carney has 29 years of service to the nonprofit and government sectors. Elaine specializes in philanthropy, facilitation, mediation and negotiation. Ms. Carney’s passion is developing and supporting a “Culture of Philanthropy” in the organizations that she serves. Her areas of expertise include capital campaign planning, management and implementation, the facilitation of collaborative processes, creation and implementation of strategic plans, in addition to volunteer training and coaching. Elaine’s experience as a consultant in the non-profit and conflict resolution fields and her previous work as an Instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School provide a strong foundation for her current work. Elaine 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.

Ms. Carney received her facilitation training from the Interaction Institute for Social Change in Cambridge, Massachusetts and her mediation training from The Settlement Center in Bozeman, Montana. In February 2014 Wyoming Governor Matt Mead appointed Ms. Carney to serve a second four-year term on the State of Wyoming Agriculture and Natural Resources Mediation Board. Elaine currently serves on the Board of Directors and as the Chair of the Development Committee of Western Resource Advocates, a conservation organization based in Boulder, Colorado.

In late 2012, Elaine served as a volunteer on the Trust for Public Land’s “Save the Hoback” Campaign where in 90 days they raised the $8.75 million needed to purchase Plains Exploration and Production’s (PXP) 58,000 acres of oil and gas leases and permanently protect the Hoback Basin in Wyoming. She served on the Board of Directors of the Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wyoming from 2010 – 2012 where she led the efforts 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 to 2007. Ms. Carney is a dedicated conservationist, an avid skier, cyclist and tennis player who enjoys spending time in the mountains with her family and friends.

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.

Carter Cox

Carter Cox, Senior Consultant

With a background in nonprofit management, philanthropy and leadership development, Ms. Cox brings expertise in strategic planning and project implementation. Ms. Cox developed the Sustainability Leadership Program at the University of South Carolina, working with the University’s President, Operations Department, student leadership and faculty. Carter relocated to Jackson Hole in 2013 to serve as the Assistant Curator of Education and Exhibits for the National Museum of Wildlife Art. During her time at the Museum, Ms. Cox managed the Museum’s volunteer program, adult education events and ultimately transitioned to work with the President and CEO on exhibits development and implementation. Carter has also served as the Director of Operations for Slow Food in the Tetons from and as the Development Director for the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance.

Ms. Cox is a Senior Philanthropy Consultant with Pathfinder Philanthropy Advisors. Carter leads funding opportunity research, coordinates database development and management, and supports Elaine to implement major gift strategies, campaign planning studies and capital campaigns. Ms. Cox is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy

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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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