karen-2014-2The nonprofit-focused consulting firm, Karen Eber Davis Consulting works with leaders who want to lead from vision, not fear. The firm helps organizations to build infrastructure to propel them to revenue growth and top performance.  As the leading authority on nonprofit revenue, the firm helps clients to create dynamic partnerships with donors, sponsors, government entities, and businesses to make an extraordinary impact. People engage the firm to help them grow their revenue by up to 300 percent as they work together. What they gain long-term are strategies that improve their organizations forever.

“Working with Karen is fantastic, easy, logical, and effective—it absolutely saved us time and money and helped us raise over a million dollars.”

Christine M. Smith
Resource Development
The Salvation Army, Manatee County

The firm attracted clients such as the Ringling College of Art and Design, Circus Sarasota, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Suncoast Workforce Development Board (revenue growth of over 600 percent), Habitat for Humanity affiliates, the Sarasota Film Festival, Meals on Wheels, and 300+ other organizations. The firm is respected for its professionalism, innovation, and practicality.

Karen is a deliberate, innovative, and insightful thought leader, which is so apparent in identifying issues and her approach to resolutions of those issues. I truly welcomed and appreciated her counsel and guidance improving the effectiveness of our board.

John Hawthorne
Executive Director
Highlands County Habitat for Humanity

Consulting. The firm’s management consulting included designing the Sarasota School-to-Work Program, funding and launching the Women Resource Center’s Employment Solutions, the ELCA’s FloridaBahamas Synod Resource Center, and many others.  Consultations discover new revenue, improve products, and services, and save time. The firm’s revenue growth activities raise multi-millions of dollars yearly. They stimulate new ideas and tap underutilized assets.

Karen is one of those rare people that listen to others well and can problem-solve and respond with just what is needed.

Irene Flynn
Florida-Bahamas Synod

Speaker. Karen Eber Davis, the firm’s principal, frequently speaks on strategy, innovation, and revenue growth. She presented to and helped to build teams with such diverse audiences as BoardSource, Catholic Charities, the Early Learning Coalition, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and more. The firm has also designed and facilitated numerous strategy retreats to empower boards and staff to support income growth. In 2008, the Nonprofit Resource Center recognized her as the Trainer of the Year. In 2020, she was nominated for  The Society for the Advancement of Consulting Awards.

Resources.  In 2014, CharityChannel Press published her most recent book, 7 Nonprofit Income Streams: Open the Floodgate to Sustainability. (“Insightful, indispensable, and inspiring,” said Kathy Kingston. Roland Emerton called it a “Must Read.”) Other publications include her column, The Ingenious Nonprofit (delivered to over 45,000 readers), Grant-tastic!, and Time Management for Nonprofit Leaders. These resources plus others, provide invaluable support for organization revenue growth and maximizing returns. Her newsletter Added Value provides readers with up-to-date information on strategy, thinking, revenue, and fresh leadership opportunities.  Among others, she has been published and quoted in Growth Igniters Radio, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Advancing Philanthropy, The Lutheran, The Philanthropy Show, and Nonprofit World.  Read her blog here.

Background: Before founding her firm, Karen Eber Davis developed the Sarasota County Community Development Block Grant Program. Under her leadership, this infant program received the National Association of Counties National Affordable Housing Award for the Down Payment Assistance Program. To date, the program helped over 1,800 families realize their dreams of homeownership. She also worked with the City of Ft. Lauderdale and the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs where she developed the division’s first audit program. In an earlier position at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Tampa, she organized senior, youth, and children groups plus family activities. Her youth staffing work with the Florida Synod of the Lutheran Church in America supported youth ministries in 120 congregations in Florida.

As a Graduate Fellow, she earned her Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of South Florida with a focus on finance and marketing. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. During her undergraduate studies, she participated in two award-winning research projects, one on self-esteem and a second on children’s concepts of sexual identity.

As a testimony to her organizational skills, she once planned a six-month cruise to the Bahamas during which, other than fresh produce, the only items that ran out were TP and chicken bouillon.

Whether the task is research-based, conceptual or rote, her attention to detail, intellectual curiosity, positive attitude, and personal integrity ensure that it will be done well.

Elaine Wright
Florida Planning Group, Inc.

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