Raise The Bar Newsletter | News & Updates

Sign Up Now
Email address
Secure and Spam free...

Leadership when you need it most.

Interim Executive Staffing Solutions

Build your capacity. Grow your mission.

Organizational Development

Find support for what matters.

Fundraising & Resource Development

Fundraising & Resource Development
Whether you are starting or expanding your fundraising program, our team can help you find the resources you need to achieve your goals. We develop your case for support and identify the best strategies to grow your donor base and fundraising revenue.
Organizational Development
Seeking ways to begin new programs, expand your mission or accomplish goals in new and innovative ways? Our team can help identify the best strategies to navigate organizational growth, transition and change.
Interim Executive Director Solutions
Imminent, unplanned or unexpected departure of your CEO or executive leadership? Our interim executive services help your organization during times of transition, providing the resources you need to stabilize, course correct and grow.

Our Team

Meet our team members


Jennifer Tersigni

Jennifer Tersigni

Jennifer Tersigni, CFRE, Founder & Lead Consultant

For more than 18 years, Jennifer has utilized proven effective strategies to assist more than fifty organizations with interim executive leadership, coaching, fundraising, marketing, organizational development, strategic planning, and program development services. Jennifer has raised over $55 million for nonprofit organizations, developed integrated marketing solutions, secured premiere press coverage, and built comprehensive fundraising programs by utilizing integrated strategies that best suit each organization’s needs and resources. As an interim executive, Jennifer has helped nonprofits navigate transition by working with them to stabilize, course correct and grow, and has also led mergers, acquisitions and closures when Boards of Directors decide that is the next best step. Jennifer brings experience working with arts, education, disaster relief, human services, youth service, elder service, international, justice and law enforcement, animal rights, and environmental organizations, as well as with entrepreneurs, small businesses and government agencies.

Jennifer’s introduction to fundraising began as a team member in the Office of the Social Secretary at The White House, where she implemented political and social events for the President and First Lady of the United States. A 2010 Tucson 40 Under 40 recipient and Rotary International GSE Team member, Jennifer is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Jennifer enjoys travel, yoga, hiking, kayaking and singing. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree from the University of Arizona, Yoga Instructor and Yoga Therapy Certifications from the Paramanand Yoga Institute & Ashram in Indore, India, and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Jennifer has lived, traveled and worked in more than 35 countries throughout Europe, Central America, Asia and Africa and brings cross-cultural experience to her work with clients both at home and abroad.
Robert Mucci

Robert Mucci

Robert Mucci, MPA, CGBP

Robert brings a variety of talents to the Raise the Bar Consulting Team. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, having received a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Natural Resources, and holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah.

As a Small Business Development Center Business Analyst, Bob was first certified in Arizona as a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) by the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators and the Small Business Administration. His work experience includes a variety of positions in both the public and private sectors, as a Public Utilities Economist for the Department of Energy; as an administrator with the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Utah; as a manager for Stevedoring Service of America, a division of Carix Corporation; and as a small business owner.

Bob’s passion for helping small and rural businesses led him to become a Business Analyst with the Small Business Development Center. Bob has assisted clients in business management, capital formation, government contracting, financial analysis, cash flow analysis, marketing, and business development. Recently, he worked under contract with the United States Department of Agriculture in promoting the Rural Energy for America Program and the Value Added Producer Grant Program. He has experience in both grant writing and reviewing of grants for submission to state and Federal entities.

Stefanie Keefe

Stefanie Keefe

Stefanie Keefe,  Consultant

Stefanie Keefe, LMSW, has over 10 years of extensive experience in staff training; grant writing and grant management; fundraising; coaching; program development and service expansion; and fostering working relationships between behavioral health, public health, social services and medical providers. Stefanie has also assisted in the development and facilitation of new employee trainings and coordinated a number of special events. Her career includes service with Crisis Response Centers, behavioral health agencies, schools, justice and law enforcement, and wellness organizations. Stefanie holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University.

Jessica Teel

Jessica Teel

Jessica Teel,  Consultant

Jessica Teel brings an array of online marketing, business startup, business development, writing and editing experience to the clients we serve. In addition to her role with Raise the Bar, Jessica is a freelance writer and Co-Founder of the startup company Microlite Tech, Inc. A graduate of The University of Virginia and the University of Arizona, Jessica has written grants, conducted grant reporting and served as a project manager in programs funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Aging, the Violence Against Women Act, Community Development Block Grants, United Way, and an array of private funders. A lifelong learner, she is also certified as a Hatha Yoga Instructor, Reflexologist, and Wildlife Rehabilitator. Fluent in Spanish and experienced in web design, Jessica has also worked as a professional translator (Spanish-English) and as a Search Engine Optimization consultant working to improve the online presence of small businesses.

Scott Jackson

Scott Jackson

Scott Jackson Web, Art & Graphics

Scott Jackson is into all things web related. Scott has developed web properties for local, national and international companies. Scott has over 15 years of web design Front End Development (CSS, CSS3, HTML, HTML5, PHP). Scott is well versed in both Drupal and WordPress Content Management Systems. He has extensive experience with eNewsletters platforms, specifically MailChimp and PHPList (open source software). Scott has over 12 years of in-house print knowledge, designing and printing flyers, pamphlets, brochures & newsletters, posters, etc., He’s implemented many Facebook and Twitter Campaigns. One of his specialities is iBook design and he has recently completed a few iBook-to-WordPress conversion projects for a client who wanted his iBooks published on the Web. Scott is all about the visual. He earned his BFA in Studio Art at the University of Arizona in 2001, then went on to complete an MA in Art History, Theory and Criticism from Prescott College in 2010.

Grants Written

Our Fees

We are your partner every step of the way. Our fees for service are competitive, individualized and developed for each client’s unique needs.

Our process is simple. We schedule a complimentary information session with your team to better understand your needs. Then we provide a proposal with our recommendation for services with an inclusive estimate. We begin working on your project after we agree upon and execute a written contract.

We adhere to the Association of Fundraising Professional’s Code of Ethics, which prohibits commission-based fundraising.

All services are offered on either an hourly rate or project basis. You choose the format that works best for you.


I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jennifer both at Raise the Bar and the American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter, and both times I was awestruck by her extensive knowledge, her prodigious skill, and her unwavering commitment to ensuring that every project is completed to the highest possible standard. She takes pride in her work, and is not afraid to get her hands dirty to make sure her clients get the very best. With Jennifer and her team of experienced professionals, you are in excellent hands.

– Luke Dumas, California Western School of Law.


Luke Dumas

Every time I’ve worked with Jennifer, she’s been very responsive, professional and knowledgeable.
Her significant experience in the non-profit world added an invaluable dimension to our work together.
 Kirti Khalsa, COO Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation.

Kirti Khalsa

I worked with Jennifer and her team for several years when I first started my global children’s foundation, Building Youth Around the World.  I will always be grateful for their keen insight and sincere desire to help me achieve the best possible end results.  It was because of Raise the Bar that I first learned the incredible nuances of the non-profit world and our foundation is a much better group today because of their help and mentorship.

– Ian McCracken, Founder and Executive Director, Building Youth Around the World.

Ian McCracken

“Jennifer is a very motivated and dedicated professional that cares about people and providing resources to those in need. She is a valuable asset to any organization and I would highly recommend her to any organization.” – Tricia Sweeney, Executive Recruiting Manager at Clark Davis Associates

Tricia Sweeney

Jennifer is a particularly powerful networker who understands the value of connections. In my position with a local Tucson nonprofit, I often went to Jennifer for fundraising advice, or to locate the right people for information I needed, or to help me find talent for open positions. She ALWAYS made time for my requests and through her outstanding network quickly facilitated my acquiring whatever it was I needed. I am truly indebted to her for all the time and attention she has given my needs over the years.  – Stefanie Goebel, Cutting Edge Mentoring Programs.

Stefanie Goebel

Raise The Bar provides great consulting services and is highly knowledgeable in various areas directly related to our company’s unique business focus. Our company StudyGroupIt (SGI) is not a non-profit, however we do not fit the mold of a typical For-Profit company either. SGI considers its self a “Educational Social Enterprise.” I specifically worked with RTB for their expertise in grant writing and their deep connections in education. The time I spent working with RTB was very helpful and provided SGI with a great information about the requirements for successful grant preparation as well as our first opportunity to present our services for feedback to a major school district. Thank you, Jennifer!  – Terryl Robinson, Owner, StudyGroupIt.


Terryl Robinson

Her passion was evident when we worked on the American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter’s website together; the work she did and the level of knowledge she possessed both about the mission and the technology was a blessing.

 Chuck Talk, Premier Support Engineer at Atlassian.

Chuck Talk

Jennifer is a creative minded individual with strong vision and leadership skills. Her abilities for community needs analysis and strategic planning have provided great strength to an organization I previously served.

– Jennifer Lohse, Program Director at Tucson Foundations.

Jennifer Lohse

Contact Us

Raise the Bar Consulting is ready to help your efforts reach new heights.

Please contact us today for a complimentary information session.

We look forward to speaking with you.

(520) 982-5467 


Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)


Your Message


Get great contents delivered straight to your inbox, just a click away, Sign Up Now.
Email address
Secure and Spam free...