Linda Wise McNay, PhD is an independent fundraising consultant. Before launching Our Fundraising Search, a consulting firm dedicated to assisting nonprofits with their fundraising needs, Linda served for seven years as Partner at Alexander Haas, a nationally prominent fundraising consulting firm. Linda’s nonprofit background includes work with both higher and secondary education, the arts, and human service organizations and has included work in capital campaigns, annual fund, planned giving, membership, strategic planning, and organizational development. Linda has lived and worked in Atlanta for more than twenty years.

Linda is the author of three books on fundraising, all published by CharityChannel Press:


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Losing a Donor Friend is Difficult

It’s inevitable. Working for and on behalf of nonprofit organizations puts us into the path of some remarkable people. For fund development professionals like me, they often include donors who are advanced in years. We form bonds. Friendships. When they pass from this life, we feel it. Deeply.

How to Search for a Development Officer

The average tenure of a development officer is only fourteen months! Wouldn’t it be better if we could do a better job of matching expectations initially and save both parties a lot of time and money? Here's how.

Survey Findings: Heads of School Need to Work Harder on Fundraising

Based on a survey I conducted through my firm on behalf of the Southern Association of Independent Schools, heads of school need to put in 50 percent rather than 25 percent of their time in fundraising, among other changes that I recommend in this article for CharityChannel.