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Double Digits

January 9th, 2019

Double Digits

by Susan Ross, Partner

Mary and I are thrilled that moss+ross is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month, and we just have to take a few minutes to reminisce about the journey.

Mary Moss and Susan Ross

Over 10 years we have helped build shelters, schools, cathedrals, synagogues and museums; stabilized reserve funds and helped nonprofits merge; conducted assessments and written strategic plans; launched new initiatives and helped others reboot; managed dozens and dozens of searches and placed many interim staff members along the way.  We have worked on campaigns from $600,000 to $4.2 billion, and we still get excited when our clients get a big gift or cut a ribbon or hit their goals.

moss+ross grew out of a shared vision to strengthen the capacity of our nonprofit community. We felt we could make a difference in this region with an expanded use of the skills honed as development professionals for respected educational institutions we loved.

Mary and I wanted to keep our hands in education, both higher ed and independent schools, but we also felt we could contribute to the growth of the community in which we’ve lived all our lives – specifically, the nonprofit and faith communities in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, on whose boards and committees we had served over the years.  We understood how hard their staff and boards work, and how difficult it is to take on something bigger or different, particularly fundraising campaigns. And we knew how important it was to get it right.

Looking back, we had a nontraditional start. We had made the decision to go out on our own as an LLC just before the economy tanked in 2008. There we were: ready to run the campaigns that no one was conducting. However, we employed what would turn out to be our firm’s core values: creating opportunity, staying flexible and investing in each client’s success. We found other roles to play in strengthening the skills and operations of area nonprofits during those early years.

Along the way we built our team of 18 associates — talented professionals who have joined us from a variety of career paths and who share our commitment to creative and resourceful service to clients. Plus, we have had a lot of fun along the way! Over time, as the economy recovered and the pent-up need for funding meant the campaigns did eventually get underway, we were ready to roll with a larger team and broader consulting experience.

As we start our second decade, we have done our own strategic planning and will be rolling out our plans in future newsletters.  For now, we just want to say thank you to our 169 clients, our 18 associates (plus a handful that have retired or moved on), and the affiliate contractors involved in our newest venture, m+r interim solutions.  It has been a wonderful journey, with many more chapters to come.

“We are grateful for the ways the community has embraced us with a hug so strong

that we were inspired to grow and continue hiring our talented team of associates,

one by one, to meet the needs of the nonprofit sector.”  – Mary Moss



moss+ross associate news

April 8th, 2018

moss+ross associate news

We are delighted to recognize the outstanding work of our associates as they assume these new titles.
Wes Brown:  Senior Associate and Faith Communities Director
Kim Glenn:  Senior Associate and Managing Director
Jeanne Murray:  Senior Associate and Communications and Marketing Director
Patrice Nelson:  Senior Associate and Faith Communities Co-Director
Fred Stang:  Senior Associate and Executive Search Director

New Senior Associate Wes Brown

December 15th, 2017
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We are pleased to welcome Wes Brown to the moss+ross team, following his retirement from Duke University. Wes spent 36 years in fundraising at Duke Divinity School, holding positions from director to associate dean, and is a veteran of three comprehensive Duke campaigns. His first engagement with m+r is with a campaign for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cary. You can read Wes’s full bio by clicking here.

moss+ross Promotions

July 28th, 2017

Congrats to our new Senior Associates!

Partners Mary Moss and Susan Ross are pleased to announce that four members of the consulting team have been named Senior Associates with the firm.

Kate Hearne has been with moss+ross from the beginning, staying engaged through moves to Boston and Atlanta, where she now lives.  She is responsible for new inquiries, proposals and client management for the firm.

Elizabeth Hopkins is in her third year with the firm, specializing in providing major gifts management and coaching following more than 21 years of demonstrated fundraising success at Duke with both the university and medical center.

Brooke Jenkins, J.D., came to moss+ross in 2014, where her work managing campaigns for many of our clients utilizes her non-profit development and marketing experience with healthcare systems and other non-profits in the southeast.

Jeanne Murray has led our marketing, branding and communications work for four years after three decades in global marketing, information technology, and online community engagement with IBM.

They join Kim Glenn, Fred Stang, Chuck Fyfe, and Allison Haltom as the firm’s lead associates. moss+ross has 18 experienced associates working actively with our Triangle area clients.


New moss+ross team member Patrice!

December 12th, 2016

Welcome to new associate Patrice Nelson! Drawing upon over 25 years of  leadership experience within non-profits and communities of faith, most recently as Executive Director of Urban Ministries of Durham, Patrice specializes in leading organizations through periods of transformation to arrive at new heights in excellence and positive community impact.

Patrice Nelson

Associate Patrice Nelson

You can read Patrice’s full bio by clicking here.

New team member at moss+ross!

October 26th, 2016

kathryn-final-lorezNew moss+ross team member Kathryn Williams brings more than 23 years of experience in non-profit fundraising, grant writing, prospect research, donor cultivation and education, case and marketing materials development, event planning, and consulting. She has served as Director of Marketing, Operations & Publications at Capital Development Services, Associate Director for Community Development and Grant Writer for the YMCA of the Triangle, and recently as an independent fundraising consultant. Kathryn resides with her husband and daughter in Raleigh, where she is actively involved in several community organizations. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Triangle Community Foundation. You can read her full bio by clicking here.

moss+ross continues to grow

December 10th, 2014

Our professional team has now grown to 18 with the addition of new associate Elizabeth Hopkins, who will join us January 9.  Elizabeth brings great experience with Duke University and Duke Medical Development, having served in annual giving and major gifts roles over the past 15 years.

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She is leaving the position of Senior Major Gifts Officer at Duke Medicine, where she managed the fundraising programs for 11 departments and divisions and raised $6 million from grateful patients and alumni for medical research, clinical programs, and faculty support.  Like most of the moss+ross associates, Elizabeth is an active volunteer in the Durham and Chapel Hill communities, having served as president of the Junior League and Board Chair of Girls on the Run.


August 19th, 2014

moss+ross is pleased to introduce three very talented Associates. Brooke Jenkins, Jeanne Murray, and Ann Cary Simpson have been “on the ground” with moss+ross for several months strengthening the services we offer, and making a huge impact. We are thrilled they have joined the moss+ross team!

Brooke - Final Edit CROP-LoRezBrooke Jenkins combines expertise in fundraising and law to help clients strategically think through major projects and campaigns. She serves on the board of Urban Ministries Durham, and has worked with moss+ross clients: Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network, and Forest History Society. Brooke is “impressed with the breadth of experience, talent, attention to detail, and sincere concern each team member with moss+ross has for serving our clients, whose organizations make this Triangle community, we call home, so rich with opportunity.” You can learn more about Brooke by reading her full bio.


Jeanne-CropLoRezJeanne Murray comes to moss+ross from IBM, where she spent more than 30 years as a marketing and brand consultant. She led teams in India, China, Europe, Australia and Japan, so we think she can handle the Triangle! Currently she volunteers at Habitat for Humanity of Durham and serves on the board of Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network. Several moss+ross clients—Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, Durham Technical Community College Foundation, SECU Family House, UNC Institute for Private Capital and UNC School of Education—have benefited from Jeanne’s marketing and communications expertise. As an associate, she knows working with clients “all boils down to one thing: making a difference in our community. I like working on a team with clients, helping them be more effective and meet their goals. Meaningful work with great people – what more could you want?” We agree! Jeanne’s full bio is available here.


Ann-CropAnn Cary Simpson put fundraising at the UNC School of Government on the map. Her experience building this successful program has benefited the following moss+ross clients so far: Redwoods Group Foundation and the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In addition to being on the moss+ross team, she also serves as a board member of the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, and has co-authored two books about the North Carolina coast. She has learned “the members of the moss+ross team are highly creative, collaborative and effective, and, together, moss+ross applies a keen level of imagination to every project, regardless of each one’s complexity or size.” If you are curious about Ann, her full bio is also available.

Celebrating Five Years

February 24th, 2014

Five Year Post Photo that can be used as thumbnailWhen we decided to form moss+ross, our goal was—and still is—to help nonprofits in our community make an even greater impact. Now, five years later, we are so grateful to our client partners who have invited us to roll up our sleeves and work side-by-side with them to creatively enhance their work and strengthen our community. Read more about our 5-year anniversary