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 & Transitional Leadership 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.

News & Upcoming Events

Raise The Bar Consulting Café presents

Getting More Courageous
A Series of 3 workshops led by local colleagues who are doing the work of DEIA and nonhierarchical leadership. Hear about the way they got started and how they continue this important work!

Full Schedule of Events + Courageous Conversations Resources + Presenter Email Contact Info

+ Presenter Websites + Slide Presentations + Articles and Videos + Conversation Recordings   

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Full Schedule

Building Your DEI Strategy
presented by Kim Covington and Angie Laskarides
of the Arizona Community Foundation

November 10, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Arizona Time (MST)

Building Your DEI Strategy - presented by Kim Covington and Angie Laskarides of the Arizona Community Foundation

The work to incorporate diversity, equity, inclusion, and access is a journey, not a destination! We are never truly finished learning, growing, or constructing an organizational strategy.  Two members of the Arizona Community Foundation’s DEI team will share their organization’s strategy, methods, and current progress on this path – as well as practical applications and tools. Join Kim Covington, ACF’s Senior Director of Community Initiatives, and Angie Laskarides, Regional Director serving Southeast Arizona on this important effort.


The J.E.D.I. Journey
Presented by Inacent Saunders, Groundwork for Change,
Brian Wood, MARS Coaching
Melanie Emerson, Social Impact Change Agent,
Jennifer Tersigni, Raise The Bar Consulting

November 12, 2020
10:00 -11:00 AM Arizona Time (MST)

The J.E.D.I. Journey - Presented by Inacent Saunders, Groundwork for Change, Brian Wood, MARS Coaching Melanie Emerson, Social Impact Change Agent, Jennifer Tersigni, Raise The Bar ConsultingPresented by Inacent Saunders, Groundwork for Change, Brian Wood, MARS Coaching Melanie Emerson, Social Impact Change Agent, Jennifer Tersigni, Raise The Bar Consulting

Building on the session presented by ACF, the Courageous Conversations team offers this follow-up session in which participants will be introduced to organizational self-assessment, explore where their own organization falls on the antiracism spectrum, and discuss initial steps toward becoming a J.E.D.I. (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) organization.

Learn about the individual focus areas of the team and opportunities to engage them to assist nonprofits embarking on their JEDI journey.

Register Here



Your Opinion Counts!

The RAMP Coalition wants to hear from you about the ways we as a community respond to domestic violence.

Whether you are a provider or someone who has experienced relationship violence, we want to hear from you.

Your responses will help the RAMP Coalition identify community needs and planning priorities. Read more below.

Please take this important survey.

Survey closes Wednesday, October 21 at 11:45pm.


In 2015, a local group of caring, compassionate organizations started working together to transform the way we, in Pima County, respond to domestic violence. And they’ve already accomplished a lot.

Known as the RAMP Coalition, this group includes the Pima County Attorney’s Office, local law enforcement agencies, domestic violence and sexual assault victim service providers, civil legal services organizations and other groups committed to providing a better response to victims and their families and to transforming the way our community responds. Raise the Bar has been a consulting partner with the group since inception.

Today, I’m reaching out to ask for your support by taking the survey and by passing it along to others. Your voice will help the group to better understand community needs and personal experiences, service gaps, and needed resources as they embark on their next strategic planning process.

You can take the survey, send it out to others, or share it in social media channels by using the links below. 

The survey will close on Wednesday, October 21st at 11:45pm.

English Survey  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DVsurvey2020Pima 

Spanish Survey  https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/SpanishDVsurvey2020

You are welcome to post the survey link on social media or email the link to others.

Thank you so much for your support!




Raise The Bar Consulting Café presents

Courageous Conversations

The Black Lives Matter movement caused us to think about what we could do to show our support and be an ally for change. So we reached out to a handful of our friends and colleagues who are accomplished Black leaders living and working in Arizona to talk about bringing authentic solutions into the spotlight.

This amazing cohort designed a free series of workshops entitled “Courageous Conversations,” with a focus on current issues of racial inclusion and diversity as they may exist in the nonprofit world. This series has been created as a safe space to build knowledge, trust, and conversation.

The presenters have created a survey to capture your responses that will be used to formulate the discussion topics in our first workshop. In addition, we hope to understand the current status and concerns of our workshop audience. Your response will be anonymous.

Each of these leaders are exceptional and inspirational. It’s our hope that this series not only offers a space for conversations, but a space that also showcases a diversity of thoughts and ideas. I, for one, cannot wait to tune in, learn more, and think about what we can do next to help make our sector a better place for all. I truly hope you will join us.

Thank you for your trust and participation.


Jennifer M. Tersigni, MA, CFRE, LCC, CIE

PS- There will be fabulous takeaways for all. You are welcome to join us if you work or volunteer in the nonprofit sector in any capacity… or if you are otherwise an ally for change.

Take Survey Here Meet the Courageous Conversations Facilitators and Sign Up Here


Colibrí Center for Human Rights
Welcomes Tony Banegas as CEO

The Colibrí Center for Human Rights is pleased to welcome Tony Banegas as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Banegas served as Honorary Consul of Honduras in Arizona from 2006 until 2016 and currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Advisors of the Consular Corps of Arizona. In that role he was the primary contact for Hondurans facing challenges along the border, in immigration detention centers, and the judicial system. A proud graduate of Arizona State University, Tony has served as a Philanthropic Advisor at the Arizona Community Foundation and as an Executive with two large nonprofits. Tony says, “Colibrí’s mission and work is incredible. I am honored to step into the leadership of this wonderful organization, to serve a team and mission near and dear to my heart, and to be part of a larger movement to shepherd and elevate dignity for the missing and their families.”

The Tucson-based Colibrí Center for Human Rights promotes healing and change by working with families of disappeared migrants to identify and honor those who have lost their lives on the US-Mexico border. Through the Missing Migrant Program, Colibrí works with medical examiners to compare information families provide about the missing as well as DNA samples with unidentified remains recovered along the border in the hopes of giving families the answers they deserve. Beyond forensic justice work, Colibrí and impacted families build community and advocate for change through the Family Network, a network of mutual support and solidarity among families and friends of missing migrants across the Americas.

The Colibrí Center for Human Rights is near and dear to our hearts, too, here at Raise the Bar Consulting. In the past year, we provided interim executive leadership, strategic planning and executive search support as they transitioned from a founder-led organization to hiring a new executive. This amazing organization has gained global recognition for their incredible forensic justice work, and supporting their Board and staff team was a true joy. Colibrí’s future is bright, and we can’t wait to see what it holds.

If you are interested in learning more about The Colibrí Center for Human Rights, take a look at their amazing work here.

For more information about the ways we supported Colibrí, please contact me here or by phone. If nothing else, please share the wonderful work of this organization with those you know.

Many Thanks!

Jennifer M. Tersigni, MA, CFRE, LCC, CIE 

Proud Sponsor of


Our Team

Meet our team members


Jennifer Tersigni

Jennifer Tersigni

Jennifer M. Tersigni, MA, CFRE

Jennifer Tersigni is the principal and lead consultant at Raise the Bar Consulting, specializing in comprehensive fundraising, organizational development and interim executive solutions. The proud holder of an unanticipated 20-year fundraising career, Jennifer has helped 80 clients reach their goals, served as an interim executive eight times, and raised more than $85 million. Jennifer enjoys collaborating with leaders to transform organizations, develop new initiatives, build sustainable funding, and make a meaningful impact in the world.

She has worked with many types of organizations, including arts, education, disaster relief, human services, youth service, elder service, international organizations, justice and law enforcement, animal rights, faith-based organizations, LGBT initiatives, and environmental causes, as well as with entrepreneurs, small businesses and government agencies.  Jennifer has assisted organizations at all phases of their life cycles, and supported start-ups, mergers, acquisitions and closures in partnership with Boards of Directors.

With a focus on innovative strategy, organizational readiness, donor cultivation and relationship building, Jennifer assists clients in building the kinds of donor relationships that last long after their campaigns come to an end. Jennifer’s introduction to fundraising began 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 recipient of Tucson’s 40 Under 40 and a Rotary International GSE alumnus, Jennifer is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). She holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree from the University of Arizona, and Yoga Instructor & Yoga Therapy Certifications from the Paramanand Yoga Institute & Ashram in Indore, India. Jennifer has lived and traveled in forty countries on four continents to-date, brings cross-cultural experience to her work, and always looks forward to life’s next great adventure.


Brian Best

Brian Best

Brian Best calls on four decades of non-profit experience in New York, Washington DC, and Tucson to guide his work. He has extensive experience in administration and management, executive leadership, and fundraising — helping build sustainable organizations that fulfill their missions in effective ways.

Brian has led capital campaigns, helped organizations develop effective individual donor fundraising plans, and introduced technological resources to make organizations more efficient. He has served as executive director or interim executive director for multiple organizations and has worked with faith-based and social justice groups.

Brian was the recipient of the Washington Peace Center’s Port in the Storm award. He is a member of the Tucson Samaritans, providing humanitarian assistance to migrants as they pass through the Arizona desert, and a novice salsa dancer.

Mark Zero

Mark Zero

Mark Zero has been the Development Director of Imago Dei Middle School in Tucson, General Manager and Interim Executive Director of the Tucson Pops Orchestra, and a development consultant, grant writer, marketing strategist, and accreditation specialist for nonprofits and universities in Utah, California, New Mexico, Florida, and Arizona. He has helped raise more than $15M for nonprofit organizations, including successful capital campaigns. Mark has also published six novels: his most recent novel, THE WHALE: A LOVE STORY, is now in paperback from Penguin and was a finalist for a 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the M.M. Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction.

Jennifer Fields

Jennifer Fields

Jennifer Fields, Associate

Jennifer Fields has more than twenty years of experience in proposal development, project implementation & evaluation, nonprofit administration and informal science education. Through her work in science centers, universities and as a consultant, she has broad experience in developing, assessing, and disseminating exemplary programs and experiences for general and targeted audiences. Her work has resulted in a wide range of capabilities including grant writingproject conceptual development and managementcurriculum development for informal and K-12 audiences, education research, project evaluation and dissemination of best practices through publications, conference proceedings, and workshops for practitioners.

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.

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 17 years of web design Front End Development (CSS, CSS3, HTML, HTML5, PHP). Scott is well versed in both Drupal and WordPress Content Management Systems.  Work with local businesses marketing on Facebook and Twitter and maintaining websites for two non-profit groups.

Scott has over 12 years of in-house print knowledge, designing and printing flyers, pamphlets, brochures & newsletters, posters, etc.,  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. Two of his paintings were recently accepted for gallery showings at St Philips Plaza and the Sculpture Resource Center.

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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.