Our Team

As thought leaders with more than 150 years of fundraising experience, the Winkler Group's team of consultants is second to none. 

No matter your challenge, we have a specialist who can help.  As a client, you have access to our entire team of experts with specialties ranging from strategic planning and capital campaign management to planned giving and database mining.

With degrees from Duke, Emory, Harvard, Penn, Wheaton, and William & Mary, our team is filled with thought leaders in the field of philanthropy.  Our consultants are carefully recruited for their fundraising experience as well as their ability to deliver results. 

As seasoned development professionals with law degrees and M.B.A.s, we are creative problem solvers.  We implement customized solutions based on the cutting-edge best practices we've learned first-hand as nonprofit CEOs, vice presidents, and directors of development.

We understand the distractions that compete for your time.  We will work as your partner to design and execute a plan that raises more money and broadens your impact. 

 

Meet our team; click on any team member for a full biography.

Jessica Browning, M.B.A., Vice President for Communications

  • Fifteen years of marketing and development experience
  • Federal grant reviewer
  • Award-winning case statement writer
  • M.B.A. and M.A., College of William & Mary; B.A., Duke University


Jim Bush, Vice President

  • Former nonprofit CEO and Development Director
  • Former Blackbaud executive
  • B.A. Elon University; Nonprofit Management Certificate, Duke University


Lisa Cottingham, CFRE, Senior Consultant

  • More than twenty-five years of experience serving national and international nonprofit organizations
  • Specializes in strategic planning, major gifts, and capital campaign execution
  • Former Director of Development and Vice President 
  • B.S., Penn State University 


Courtenay Fain, CFRE, Senior Consultant

  • Fifteen years of development and marketing experience
  • Generated revenue of over $15 million annually 
  • Former Director of Philanthropy 
  • B.S. from Georgetown University 


Nicole Hess, Operations Support Assistant

  • Specialist in monthly recurring gifts and corporate sponsorships
  • Former nonprofit volunteer coordinator
  • B.S., cum laude, Georgia Southern University


Nikki Rach, CFRE, Senior Consultant

  • Twenty-five years of fundraising experience
  • Expertise in campaign management and strategic implementation 
  • Extensive communications expertise
  • Invited to serve on faculty of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University
  • B.A., Concordia University


Colby Rankin, Senior Consultant

  • Nearly two decades of fundraising experience
  • Former Director of Development 
  • Former Major Gifts Officer
  • Strategic initiatives helped secure numerous new seven-figure gifts
  • B.A., Wofford College


Jennifer Richard, CFRE, Esq., COO

  • Editorial Review Board for Giving USA
  • Past President, Lowcountry Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Highly sought-after speaker at national fundraising conferences
  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Pennsylvania


Laura Taylor, Director of Operations

  • Leads firm operations
  • Leads business development
  • Coordinator, social media and marketing initiatives
  • Marketing strategies have resulted in an average 10% firm growth each year
  • Conducts prospect research, donor relations, and capital campaign communications
  • B.A., Clemson University


Timothy M. Winkler Sr., CFRE, CEO

  • Twenty-five years of fundraising experience
  • CEO and founding partner of the Winkler Group
  • Director of The Giving Institute Board
  • Chief Development Officer at the Medical University of South Carolina’s largest college
  • Major Gifts Officer at Furman University
  • Successful capital campaign leadership that includes more than $500 million in realized gifts
  • B.A., Wheaton College