After thirty years as a paid political operative and consultant, I walked away disillusioned and disappointed. I spent most of the next two-and-a-half years playing golf and wondering why I had made such a poor choice of professions.
During my golfing binge, I made time to raise money for some nonprofit organizations in which I had an interest – primarily early childhood education and domestic violence organizations. I had raised money for political parties and candidates with some success but had to retool my approach to have similar success with nonprofits. I had to once again become caring, sincere, humble, and honest – all qualities I had abandoned or redefined during my years in politics.
With patient understanding and guidance from a very skillful and knowledgeable local nonprofit professional, I rediscovered the characteristics of my youth that had made me, at one time, a caring and effective Latin teacher and a community asset. Convergent found me during a start-up campaign for my local economic development public/private partnership for which I served in the volunteer leadership.
Working with Convergent provides me an opportunity to use my skills, knowledge, and experience for the good of people and their communities. I raise money for nonprofits now to try to atone for some of the damage I might have done my nation in my former profession.
Tony is an experienced fundraising consultant with a strong background in marketing, public relations, and mass communications. He has served as a marketing and public relations consultant to business and industry, strategic and marketing consultant to numerous chambers of commerce and economic development boards, and fundraising consultant to new and established nonprofit organizations and political campaigns. He has also served as a political consultant on several local, state, and federal campaigns.
Recent campaign successes exemplify Tony’s effectiveness with both new and established nonprofits in both urban and rural communities. For instance, in Goldsboro, NC he directed two campaigns over goal concurrently. Not only did he raised over $1.1 million for the established Wayne County Development Alliance, but he also raised $1.3 million for a new Regional Agricultural Convention Center.
Not only has Tony consulted with nonprofit organizations, but he has also served on and chaired the boards of multiple chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, and community-oriented nonprofits over the years. Between his well-developed skills and extensive experience, Tony is especially valuable as a consultant to new organizations and/or those launching their first-ever capital campaign. He has designed and executed marketing, public relations, and strategic communications programs for business, industry, and nonprofit organizations, giving him a unique understanding of what it takes for a fledgling nonprofit to properly position itself for a successful funding initiative.
Summary of Experience
- Raised over $900,000 in Davie County, NC while directing the local Economic Development Commission’s first campaign.
- Raised over $1.4 million in five months while directing the South Carolina I-77 Alliance’s first campaign.
- Served as President for the Pageland (SC) Chamber of Commerce for three years.
- Founding board member of the Chesterfield County (SC) Economic Development Alliance and Chesterfield County (SC) Economic Development Board.
- Spent three years as Board Chair for First Steps (Chesterfield, SC), an early childhood education organization.
- Served two years as Chairman of the Rape Crisis Council and one year as Chair of the Heart Association in York County, SC.
- Taught Latin and English at public and private high schools in North Carolina and Virginia.
- BA in Latin & English (double major) from Wake Forest University and MA in Classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
We wanted someone familiar with small town dynamics to work on our campaign. Tony was the perfect fit for our community. Not only was he an outstanding contributor to our campaign, he’s the type of person we’d love to have as a permanent resident. I firmly believe he’s the reason we were as successful as we were.
C. Brad Evans, Board Chair
Freshwater Coast Community Foundation, SC