Nicole Rizkallah

Nicole Rizkallah

Nicole Rizkallah is Director of Recruitment and Senior Consultant for American Philanthropic, a consulting firm whose mission is to strengthen civil society by improving the effectiveness of charitable foundations and nonprofit organizations.

Nicole provides strategic consulting on recruitment, personnel, and management. She has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2008 and has nearly a decade of secondary school experience as both director of counseling and assistant headmaster at classical schools. Nicole has experience in systems theory, conflict resolution, psychology, and group dynamics. Nicole is a member of the Arizona Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a published writer in Philanthropy Daily and the Journal of Contemporary Family Therapy.

She completed two fellowships where she studied political theory, natural law, and Catholic social justice. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance, a Master of Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, and a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is a licensed and practicing therapist.

Nicole works out of our Phoenix, Arizona office and lives downtown.


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Should you consider personality when making a hire?

Personality testing can help your hiring process, but it can also obscure your decision.

Employee “ownership”

Giver, Doers, & Thinkers discussed how nonprofit leaders can encourage their employees to be innovative and entrepreneurial in the workplace. It’s not just pay—and not just mission.


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A conversation with Jeremy Beer on his new e-book, Fundraising When Times Are Bad: A Guide for Nonprofit Leaders

This economic downturn caught us all off guard. Nicole Rizkallah sat down with Jeremy Beer to discuss his new e-book, Fundraising When Times Are Bad, and his thoughts about fundraising through a pandemic and an economic downturn.

In the Trenches: a glimpse at a master class on major gifts

“People give to people” was a key theme in American Philanthropic’s master class on major-gifts fundraising.


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Reading the tea leaves—how long is high unemployment here to stay?

The coronavirus pandemic has shot unemployment to record highs. The road to recovery may be difficult, and we’ll need civil society to guide us along this road.

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Data during COVID: the most useful database reports for development success

Smart fundraising requires knowledge of the field, good judgment, and having the right tools and information at your disposal. Here are the reports you need—especially now—for development success.


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Staffing during COVID: how to operate effectively during pandemic

Covering all of your bases and maintaining an effective staff is crucial right now. Here are some tips to keep your staff functioning well during the pandemic.

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Leaders, lean in during COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis makes leading a nonprofit more difficult than ever. Here are some reflections and recommendations to help guide leaders through this crisis.


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Distracted by distraction: how to work remotely in uncertain times

More of us are working from home than ever before, with distraction near at hand. How do we work remotely well?

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What matters most in your cover letter

Writing a cover letter is stressful and intimidating. Here are some thoughts from a recruiter on what makes a cover letter sink or swim.