Nicole Rizkallah

Nicole Rizkallah

Nicole Rizkallah is 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 works out of Phoenix, Arizona where she has utilized her extensive experience as an independent consultant supporting a number of nonprofits in the areas of recruitment and training, project management, operations, research, and event management. She has also served as director of counseling and assistant headmaster at secondary schools, director of membership at In Defense of Christians, and director of campus events at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. 

She has completed two fellowships, The Witherspoon Fellowship and Tertio Millenio Seminar, where she studied history, natural law, and social justice. Nicole has her bachelors in Business Finance from California Lutheran University and her masters in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. She currently resides in Downtown Phoenix. 


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.

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Shutting the revolving door of development turnover

Development departments suffer from a “revolving door.” Quality staff cycle in and out—for understandable reasons—stagnating growth and hurting donor relationships. Nonprofit managers and directors need to prioritize retaining top talent.