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Julie Bianchi

Consultant

What gets me out of bed in the morning is the opportunity to be a partner in the important work nonprofits make possible in our communities. I strive to be the accelerant clients can toss on their fire to speed and improve progress to their goals. As a consultant, the fuel I offer is being a truth teller, listener, teacher, student, and partner in imagining the possibilities.   

Recent Clients Served

  • Edmonds Community College        Foundation
  • FareStart
  • HealthPoint
  • Hopelink
  • KidsQuest Children’s Museum
  • Navos
  • Oregon Museum of Science and      Industry
  • Pioneer Human Services
  • Seattle Country Day School
  • Seattle University
  • Washington State Parks Foundation

Areas of Expertise

Human Services, Community Healthcare, Independent Schools

About Julie Bianchi

Julie Bianchi believes the sweet spot between big picture thinking and the details is where successful fundraising strategy is born. Her experience in fundraising, finance, and board leadership is the underpinning for her practical and creative approach to consulting. She is a thoughtful strategist with a knack for generative questions that help organizations springboard toward their fundraising goals and organizational visions. Julie has significant campaign experience, with goals ranging from $1 million to $300 million.

In her client work, Julie’s strengths include:

  • Helping staff and volunteer leaders share an organization’s story from a donor’s perspective
  • Using communications strategies to help an organization equip itself for long-term fundraising success
  • Training staff and volunteers in donor relations and presenting the organization’s case for support
  • Developing campaign plans that highlight an organization’s strengths
  • Leading comprehensive fundraising program assessments that reveal new paths forward to sustainable fundraising

Prior to joining our firm, Julie worked on the Nonprofit Services Team at Pacific Continental Bank, where her specialties were client relations and efficiency analysis, and at the Arthritis Foundation, where she developed donor relationships and orchestrated fundraising events and communication strategies.

Julie serves on the board for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) - Advancement Northwest as the Vice President of Strategy. In 2010, she was the Northwest Development Officers Association Volunteer of the Year. She also teaches fundraising for the Seattle Works Bridge Program, which introduces emerging leaders to nonprofit board service.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a minor in Business Administration from Santa Clara University and a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University, where she was the recipient of the 2013 Leadership and Professional Engagement Award in the College of Arts and Sciences. Julie also holds a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington.