Our Core Services

We offer targeted consulting services to help you better achieve your nonprofit's mission.  Our partnerships with more than 238 charitable and community organizations have given us valuable experience, but also a clear understanding that each nonprofit leader - and their organization - is different and requires a unique approach.

Schedule a no-obligation call today with one of our team members so we can learn about the challenges you're facing and how we might be able to help.

Partner Testimonials

Ronnie L. Bryant, CEcD, HLM, FM
Ronnie L. Bryant, LLC
"I've had an opportunity to work with Patton through my affiliation with several nonprofits.  His knowledge of strategic plannning and the philanthropic environment makes his services a valuable asset for any nonprofit in need of assistance.  I highly recommend Patton and the PMA Team!"
Todd Hartung
Director of Advancement
Cannon School
"Patton has served as my go-to resource for professional development over the past decade. He's not only supported my career growth, but also my advancement team, our advancement committee, and our full board. He is always well received and a true resource for any individual or organization wanting to improve."
Schorr Davis
Executive Director & VP of Development
NHRMC Foundation
"Patton was extremely helpful in connecting me with other Foundation leaders as I transitioned to lead the NHRMC Foundation for New Hanover Regional Medical Center.  These connections have proven to be invaluable to this day."
Don Jonas
Assistant Vice President
Social Strategy & Impact
Atrium Health
"You and the PMA team inspire me for your tireless support and belief in the power and potential of the nonprofit sector."
Michelle Hamilton, CFRE
Interim President & CEO
VP Development
Charlotte Symphony
"Thrilled to join my friend and mentor Patton on his new podcast!  Give it a listen and learn new ideas on your nonprofit career, leadership, and organizational culture."
Michael Ward, CFRE
Executive Director
North Carolina Textile Foundation
NC State University
"Patton and his team were a tremendous asset to our first-class board in helping us sharpen our vision. I'm a big fan, and would encourage any non-profit professional or emerging leader to subscribe and learn from these podcasts."

Help Me Build a Nonprofit Career

Individual Coaching & Training

Have you thought about how a coach could help you advance along your nonprofit leadership path?  Or considered how a customized training session could help your staff or board maximize their talents?  Contact us to discuss a customized PMA coaching/training solution that can accelerate your personal and professional development plans.

New Development Professionals Program

New to the Charlotte nonprofit scene and looking for an affordable and high-quality training experience?  Check out the Institute for Philanthropic Leadership's New Development Professionals Program, a four-part series offered each fall.  PMA's Patton McDowell serves as the lead faculty member and facilitator.

Career Resources and Job Search

Looking to start or change your nonprofit career path?  Check out PMA's career-building resources to find links to valuable information related to fundraising and the nonprofit sector, as well as current and previous job opportunities in the Charlotte region managed by the PMA team.

Help Me Design a Plan & Raise More Funds

Strategic Planning

We can help you design and implement a Strategic Plan that will be visionary, flexible, and motivating.  We will facilitate a process that assures the right voices are heard and serves as an engagement tool that is unlike painful processes you've previously experienced!

Campaign Study

We know successful campaign planning involves much more than simply evaluating feasibility.  We can help you assess internal and external readiness, but also assure your campaign will elevate all aspects of your philanthropic platform and the "Funding Cycle":  Identify, Communicate, Cultivate, Invite Investment, and Steward.

Organizational Analysis & Fundraising Infrastructure

We know successful fundraising starts with an effective structure and a plan to implement.  We'll assess your fundraising activity and find ways to assure immediate and long-term increases in your individual, corporate, and foundation revenue streams.

Help Me Find & Train My Team

Search Advisory

Attracting and retaining talented staff is a challenge for all nonprofit organizations. We know that recruiting high quality organizational leadership is a critical business function, and we work closely with partner organizations in the Charlotte region and beyond to facilitate a successful and seamless search and onboarding process.

Board & Staff Development

We know that organizational capacity and sustainability are directly related to the confidence and skills developed by staff and board leaders.  We can design and facilitate your next staff and/or board retreat to engage your leadership in practical exercises that help increase their ability and enthusiasm to support your mission.

Leadership Gift School

The Charlotte region's premiere fundraising training program is the Institute for Philanthropic Leadership's Leadership Gift School, a five-part series offered each spring that includes senior teams of Executive Directors and Chief Development Officers.  PMA's Patton McDowell serves as the lead faculty member and facilitator.


See below for three signature presentations that PMA conducts.

Keys to Advancing Your Nonprofit Career

How will you achieve your professional goals in the nonprofit world?
As a manager, how do you groom the talent you have and avoid the turnover that plagues so many nonprofit organizations?
In this presentation, participants will be led through PMA's Personal Strategic Planning Process, a coaching framework that applies regardless of your current position or experience. Utilizing planning concepts that will also benefit each participant's organization, individuals will leave the presentation with the framework of a plan they can build upon for short and long-term professional success. The presentation will incorporate practical exercises into each step of the planning process, and illustrate Ten Key Skills & Experiences on which every nonprofit professional should focus.

Keys to Nonprofit Excellence

Does your organization need a jump-start to its strategic planning process?
On what organizational aspects are best-practice organizations focused?
This presentation provides an overview of PMA's strategic planning framework, and will lead participants through a process to help them not just survive in uncertain ecomomic conditions, but actually improve and build capacity.  Organizations that are willing to look at all apsects of their organizational strategy and structure and not just fund development tactics are more likely to be positioned for future success.  This interactive Keys to Nonprofit Excellence presentation works well for board and staff sessions as well as full planning retreats.

Engaging Your Board of Directors

How do you maximize the time and talent of your most important volunteers?
Are you effectively identifying, attracting and retaining board talent?
As so many nonprofits look to better utilize their volunteer leadership, participants of this presentation will gain a better understanding of the role the board should play in both an individual and collective sense.  PMA's experience with dozens of nonprofit boards has shaped this presentation into a practical set of dos and don'ts to assure greater effectiveness and efficiency for the board.  This presentation also delves into the role staff members play in the critical partnership with board members, including practical tips to enhance the relationship with board members past, present and future.

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