H e has brought new life, expertise and discipline

to our organization.




  SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE, Springfield, Massachusetts
M.Ed., Human Service Administration/Community Development

  GODDARD COLLEGE, Plainfield, Vermont
B.A., History/Political Science


  Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

  Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE)

  APD Administrative Excellence Award for Capital Campaign Management

  Situational Leadership Certified Trainer

  YMCA Financial Development and Annual Campaigns Certified Trainer

  YMCA Career Development Trainer


  MIT Seminar on Systems Dynamics

  Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation (PON)

  Trainers Institute on Mutual Gain Negotiation, Strategic Planning, Basic and Advanced Trainer of Trainers


  Leader of YMCA Peer Groups:  State of Connecticut Passport Membership Contract, Yankee Cluster Executive Cabinet, YMCA Kindred Group Camp Conference, and Cities Group Forum

  Facilitator, Trainer, and Consultant to the private sector, municipalities, Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, boards of education, libraries, and other nonprofit agencies


  Rotary Club

  Founding Board Member,

     First Charter School in Connecticut

  Vice President, Torrington Main Street

  Community Advisor, Nutmeg Ballet


Tom Colligan brings his years of success and accomplishments to bear as an advocate for building strong, sustainable nonprofit organizations. He enhances bottom line performance and increases the market position of his clients as they plan for the future.

The Nonprofit Professional for Hire

Founder and Principal  2007- Present

See Client List here.

Triangle2 Partners

Senior Consultant  2005-2007

Member of the development group delivering financial development consulting services, holding responsibility for product lines; instrumental in the start-up, new product development, sales and client relationship management

Responsible for “Prospect Manager” and endowment development program product lines

Delivered endowment development program, capital campaign, and “Relationship Manager” and “Prospect Manager” consulting services

Developed the groups approach to endowment development and capital campaigns, including custom materials and consultant guides

Conducted feasibility studies and development audits, including case development, interviews, data interpretation, strategy formulation, and report writing for seven YMCA associations

YMCA of the USA

Director of Development – National Center   2004-2005

Member of the national philanthropy team responsible for leading and managing all aspects of a $25M - $50M capital campaign to construct a new national headquarters facility; served as Chief of Staff to the Senior Vice President of Philanthropy

Selected consulting firm and led management of comprehensive feasibility study for the National Center Capital Campaign

Crafted, tested, and vetted campaign phasing plan, campaign organization, and association engagement plan

Developed association engagement materials, network presentations, and audience list

Prepared, researched, and developed prospect listing for corporations, foundations, government sources, and individuals; developed related relationship trees and moves

Led Philanthropy Branch process to select and up-grade Raisers Edge; led prospect/donor management systems process, moves management, receipting, acknowledgment, and stewardship

Jeffrey Byrne & Associates, Inc.

Motivational Messaging Vice President  2002-2004

Independent consultant providing leadership development, merger training and consultation, and interim CEO leadership

Lead Consultant in the Northeast and Mid–Atlantic states for a capital and endowment campaign and major gifts consulting firm

Minority partner in video e-mail messaging start up

Stabilized operations including finances, staffing, marketing, and membership of the nearly-bankrupt Mystic Community Center ($2M annual operating budget) while serving as interim CEO

Led Board of Trustees reorganization planning process

Led operational reorganization planning and decision process

Successfully consulted with merger team to affect a merger with neighboring YMCA, including PR and crisis communication management, strategically balancing local and Y of the USA issues, and transition planning

Developed and implemented market-entry strategy to the North East and Mid-Atlantic states for Jeffrey Byrne & Associates, Inc.

Developed sales strategies and tools, client education and training materials, and associated presentations

Delivered consultations to clients on planning and strategies for capital and major gifts campaigns

Worked with Motivational Messaging founders to establish strategic marketing and sales plans to introduce streaming video for internet fundraising

Sole responsibility for sales, customer relations, partner relationships in the Northeastern US


Senior Vice President, Organizational Development   2001-2002

Member of the Senior Strategic Leadership Team reporting to the President and CEO of this $130 million nonprofit corporation

Responsible for relations with 55 chapters, planning and delivery of chapter consulting services, and CEO selection

Supervised chapter evaluation, benchmarking and best practices plus the professional and volunteer development functions through four vice-presidents and a staff of 11

Established Chapter Evaluation Process that set the first consistent, measurable organization-wide standards resulting in customized chapter service plans and chapter implementation of high leverage – high return fund development initiatives

Developed strategic approach to aligning chapter services with national strategic repositioning objectives, adoption of standards evaluation process, and creation of a new business model resulting in 50% of chapters initiating relationship-based annual campaigns in one year

Successfully recruited and selected 7 chapter presidents with qualifications and experience aligned with new strategic directions

Realigned Professional Development services to support the organization’s strategic repositioning, resulting in chapters adopting resource board development strategies, relationship / permission fundraising, fee for service program development, and volunteer management for special events

Provided effective counsel on strategic, operational, and political issues to the Strategic Leadership Team, President and CEO and the Foundation’s Volunteer Executive Committee


CEO  1982-2001

Chief Executive Officer reporting to the President of the Board of Directors and working with the Board of Trustees, coordinating all affairs of a $3.7 million, 5-branch association operating two full-facility branches, youth and family counseling center, and girls resident camp

Developed strong and prestigious Board of Directors, led effective and cohesive staff teams, led dynamic volunteer/staff partnerships resulting in an unprecedented era of growth and expansion

Reversed financial decline and deficit history by focusing on earned income and financial planning resulting in 460% growth and created operating surplus

Merged two independent YMCAs to establish a new major regional service provider

Established strategic planning process that created a shared organizational vision and repositioned the Northwest YMCA financially, enabling mission-driven program development

Directed the association's financial development program; conducted six capital campaigns totaling $10.2 million including $4.6 million in government and foundation grants; reestablished endowment program that generated 160% growth; added $1.8 million in irrevocable commitments and increased endowment from $260,000 to $2,360,000; established annual campaign programs, increasing annual giving from $6,000 to $86,000; developed government grant strategy, securing $300,000 annually to fund high-mission programs.

Pioneered initiatives with state and community colleges to offer an aquatic curriculum, PE credit, student activities programs, and State of Connecticut employee passport membership program; and established a YMCA in collaboration with development of a rural assisted-living facility


CEO  1980-1983

Chief Executive Officer reporting to the President of the Board of Directors coordinated all affairs of a $655,000 independent full facility association, resident camp, and frail elderly day care division.

Reversed 10-year deficit operation, grew budget by 75%, conducted successful capital campaign for debt reduction, and grew membership by 55%.

REGIONAL FAMILY YMCA, Framingham, Massachusetts

Senior Program Director  1976-1980

Senior Program Director reporting to the Executive Director, responsible for all aspects of a $360,000 year-round outdoor center, largest day camp in the Northeast, conference center, family pool and recreation facility

Turned around declining camp attendance, developed innovative camping activities, and converted to year-round operation