Seeds for Change Consulting, LLC Partners
Seeds for Change is readily able to meet the needs of today's non-profit organizations. By bringing together the right mix of talent and resources, each project is customized and tailored to the organization. With over 170 years combined experience, each with at least ten years in the field, the Seeds for Change partners stand ready to conquer any challenge. Each partner has a full CV on LinkedIn, including an impressive collection of non-profit employers and board positions served across the region.
Stacy Wheeler Ehrlich, CFRE
Founder and Managing Partner
Stacy leads Seeds for Change Consulting and its team of consultants to provide customized, wrap-around services for non-profit organizations to maximize their potential in meeting their missions. Stacy brings her organizational skills, 24 years of high-level nonprofit experience, and desire to serve the community to help organizations achieve their goals and objectives through systematic, effective and efficient organization and planning. Currently Stacy does not work on client projects but rather spends most of her time and energy running the firm's operations while also managing a local non-profit as its strategic Executive Director.
Strategic Planning, Development, Communications
Sarah brings more than 15 years of experience in the areas of organizational leadership, social entrepreneurialism, nonprofit management, board development, marketing communications, and program evaluation to the Seeds for Change team. With a core passion of helping organizations effectively communicate their brands, maximize their impact and thrive, she has previously served in a variety of roles within the nonprofit and social impact sectors, including the executive director of an international nonprofit focused on women’s empowerment and education and the marketing director for organizations working in food security.
Rebecca B. Borchers
Strategic Planning, Development and Communications
Rebecca brings a unique combination of business and non-profit experience to the firm including executive leadership, strategic planning, individual and institutional giving, capital campaigns, financial management and communications. Rebecca’s creativity, writing and relationship building skills, and passion for her work help build effective boards and vibrant organizations.
Bergan Norris Casey
Public Relations and Communications
A founding team member of Seeds for Change, Bergan has more than 25 years of experience managing public relations/public affairs, information campaigns and other communication strategies. She provides a comprehensive set of communications services for clients seeking to raise and strengthen their public profiles, including media relations, event planning, communication and development strategies, and collateral materials development.
Erica V. Ekwurzel, CFRE
Strategic Planning, Development and Communications
Erica has been working in the nonprofit sector for over fourteen years and as she puts it, “on both sides of the table”—first as a fundraising coordinator and development director for both large and small nonprofit institutions, and later as a program officer and then consultant for a private family foundation. Bringing her unique perspective of the funder to her work with Seeds for Change clients, Erica provides expert advice on nonprofit and philanthropic strategic planning, program evaluation, communication, and fund development.
Carolyn Haney, LMSW
Leadership, Funding Streams and Growth Opportunities
Carolyn has over 14 years of experience in the non-profit sector in Austin. Most notably, Carolyn is the Founder of the local non-profit, WeViva where she served as Executive Director for 7 years. Carolyn not only has the expert advice on how to start and manage a non-profit, but she can specifically provide clients with knowledge regarding funding streams (i.e. revenue generating income versus donations), fundraising models, growth and expansion opportunities, donor relationships, program management, and grant writing.
August W. Harris, III
Major Gift Campaigns, Strategic Planning and Market Research
August has more than 25 years of civic leadership, community engagement, and high-level service on numerous Boards. He brings an expert understanding of local and state government relations and keen business sense to his work with Seeds for Change clients. Focused on major gift campaigns, strategic planning and execution, and an eye on fiscal viability and reliability, August is a treasure for both the firm and its clients. Most recently he has completed several affiliate market opportunity analyses for several minor and major markets across the US, providing effective and catalytic recommendations for growth and expansion opportunities.
Grant Writing and Development
Amy is a seasoned grants professional, knowledgeable in all aspects of grants management, including budgets, reporting, and proposal preparation. She combines those skills with a deep knowledge of the philanthropic community and a passion for developing non-profit funding strategies that empower organizations to meet their missions and strategic priorities.
Strategic Organizational Systems and Program Evaluation
Andrea has nearly 20 years of experience in Austin’s local government and nonprofit sectors where she assembled a diverse set of skills in the areas of fundraising, program management, and program evaluation. She particularly enjoys working with organizations to help them measure their performance and improve their systems and processes.