Edie Canter

Canter Strategies


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Canter Strategies
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Canter Strategies provides nonprofits with expert consulting in development, strategic planning, Board relations and effective communications.

Edie Canter brings to the table over 30 years of experience in strategy, analytical thinking, research, advocacy, and management. Most recently, she served for seven years as Executive Director of the Chicago Debate Commission, an award-winning education nonprofit serving Chicago Public School students. During her tenure, she more than doubled the organization's budget, more than quintupled the number of foundation, corporate and individual donors, won several competitive grants and awards, initiated a major giving society, built a highly successful special event, created regular touchpoints and engagement opportunities, and professionalized financials, operations, Board relations, and governance practices.

Prior to her work at the Chicago Debate Commission, Edie served as Director of Development and Communications of Leadership Greater Chicago; a writer and development consultant for nonprofits in education, legal services, women’s rights, philanthropy, the arts, social services and more; and a practicing attorney.

Edie is excited to offer her skills as a consultant to nonprofits.

Core qualities:

STRATEGIC: The road to social impact is rarely straight and can be filled with potholes. Navigating that road requires fact-based analytical thinking and creativity at every turn. Edie brings those strategic skills to the table.

RESPECTFUL: Edie starts with the assumption of respect for her clients’ knowledge, skills and mission. Her goal is to amplify her clients' abilities with her expertise.

INSIGHTFUL: A skilled listener with the dedication to dig into the facts on the ground, Edie is talented at helping clients surface their assets and opportunities -- and use them to advance mission.

FLEXIBLE: Whether her clients need a high-level strategic adviser, a manager-level partner in advancing a project, or a reliable extra hand, Edie is comfortable in the role.

EXCELLENT: Edie Canter prides herself on excellent work product and advice.
Development Assessments, Planning and Execution

. Assessment of needs and opportunities in fundraising
. Articulated Development Plans
. Foundation, corporate and government grants
. Prospect research
. Writing
. Reports
.Individual giving and cultivation
. Annual appeals
. Engagement and cultivation strategies
. Major gifts
.Special events
.Corporate sponsorships
.Venture philanthropy and awards competitions
. Edie has had notable success in securing grants
and awards from unique programs such as Impact
100, Invest for Kids, Mutual of America Community
Partnerships Awards, and more. She can advise and
guide nonprofits in applying for these types of

Strategic Planning

.Organizational assessments and interviews
.Mission and vision development
.Short- and long-term planning

Board Relations and Governance

,Board development and recruitment
,Board education and coaching
.Governance systems and structures

Interim Leadership
.Interim staff in executive and development functions

Communications -- Making the Case

.Grants and development writing
.Research reports
.Policy papers
.Annual reports
.Presentations and speeches
Practice Areas (maximum of 3)
  • Development/Fundraising
  • Interim Leadership
  • Strategic planning

Speaker's Bureau Information

Topic 1
Effective Grant Writing: Strategies and Checklists for Success.
Topic 1 Description
This presentation provides a strategic approach to grant writing, including the key qualities and core elements of every proposal. The presentation also delves into "tricks of the trade" for dealing with word/character count restrictions in online proposals, with an engaging look at how to make your case concisely.
Topic 2
Creating a Usable Development Plan.
Topic 2 Description
This presentation (currently in development) will cover: the reasons for creating a development plan; annual compared to longer-term plans; strategic compared to operational plans; customizing planning for your agency; and the steps and time needed to create a usable development plan.

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