We Build Philanthropic Capacity.
Let us Help YOUR Non Profit Organization Grow!


We provide a full range of nonprofit and governmental capacity-building services that fall into five key areas:

• Organizational Development
• Fundraising Campaigns
• Strategic Planning
• Program Marketing
• Retained Search

Designs in Development LLC
PO Box 5152
Clearwater, FL 33758


Nancy L Brown,
Managing Member


Nancy L Brown, MBA, ACFRE, CAE, Managing Member

Nancy has more than 30 years of experience in consulting in fundraising, marketing, strategic planning, program development and evaluation, executive search, and Nonprofit organizational development.

Prior to her consulting business, she functioned as state director of a national health agency (MDA), worked for her undergrad college (Stephens), for a multi-media firm, and in ethically-based telemarketing.

Her graduate degree is from Argosy University, Sarasota. She is one of just over 100 persons nationally to hold Advanced Certification in Fund-Raising ACFRE). She also has been a Certified Association Executive (CAE) for 25 years.

Nancy has been qualified to administer Myers Briggs preference and DiSC personality profiles. She has also worked with partners on research projects for grants and legislative initiatives.

She is the 2008 recipient of the Horton Award for lifetime achievement in philanthropy. Her book, Increasing Board Effectiveness, was used as a text in USF's nonprofit certificate program. She also taught grantwriting at the graduate level in USF's M.S.W. program.

She is a former faculty member of Indiana University's School on Philanthropy, and a former instructor for nonprofit communications and marketing at St. Petersburg College. She is creator and presenter of many full-day training courses in topics ranging from fundraising to nonprofit development. Seven have been copyrighted.

Nancy particularly enjoys looking back with long term clients, to see where she has made a difference.

About Our Associates

For the benefit of clients, we collaborates with Associates who have complementary, specialized skill sets. Our highly-qualified colleagues have provided skills in the following fields and areas:

• statistical evaluation
• employee relationship management
• labor law
• tax law
• specific subject matter expertise
• prepare risk-management procedures
• accounting
• data management
• government relations
• social media.

We further consider clients and their volunteers partners in whatever endeavor we assist with. All partnerships have helped us better serve specific clients to:

• facilitate complex strategic plans
• complete major grant applications
• undertake workplace assessments
• establish gift annuity programs
• audit internal processes for accounting
• create and test compelling cases for support.

Most work products are proprietary to the client. However, sometimes our collaborative work falls into the public domain. For an example, see the following publication from USF.

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