“It is hard for me to put into words just how much you have given to our organization and how grateful we are – not only to be receiving your brilliant research summaries, but also to have you thinking continuously about possible new linkages to potential supporters all over the world, creative event ideas, and ways you make possibilities happen. You are so much more than a consultant to us, Poonam – you are a catalyst for ever-expanding opportunities.”

Eleanor T. Cicerchi
Development Director
The Corning Museum of Glass
Corning, NY

COMPANY PROFILE

Prasad Consulting & Research (PCR) enables nonprofit organizations to maximize their income by raising major and capital gifts. Since 1989, the firm has counseled more than 100 charities throughout the country and around the world, with operating budgets ranging from $50,000 to $2.5 billion.

Our services include:

  • advanced research and strategy development for major gift, capital, and special event campaigns
  • research department and development office assessments
  • board and staff training
  • feasibility and capital campaign consulting

PCR is a pioneer in helping organizations craft major donor strategies for individuals and groups with differing cultural values and sensitivities. Projects have included campaigns targeted specifically to African-American, Chinese, Dutch-American, Hispanic, Scandinavian, South Asian, Sephardic, gay and lesbian, elderly, and female populations.

In conducting research, PCR uses a host of premium, fee-based, online databases as well as public records and the firm's proprietary archives. The firm is not affiliated with any database screening service and is truly independent in recommending research resources and products to clients.

PCR is the only consulting firm focused on prospect research to be invited to join the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-profits (formerly the American Association of Fundraising Counsel). An international association of leaders in the philanthropic consulting field since 1935, the Institute's mission is to advance the practice of philanthropy through research, education and best practices.

POONAM PRASAD

Poonam Prasad is Founder and President of Prasad Consulting & Research. In the face of drastic government funding cuts to nonprofits in the late 1980s, she established the firm in 1989 to help charities attract private philanthropic dollars to make up for the greatly reduced levels of public support. The firm has provided board and staff training, advanced research, audit, major gift, capital campaign, and publication services to more than 100 local, national, and international nonprofits.

Ms. Prasad is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philanthropy and Fundraising at New York University's George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising and in 2016, began teaching a course in the Master of Science in Nonprofit Management program at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies as well. Ms. Prasad is also a sought-after trainer at workshops hosted by such nonprofit and professional organizations as the American Red Cross, the American Friends of the Louvre, Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health, United Negro College Fund, Weill Cornell Medical College, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

She is on the board of the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Nonprofits (formerly the American Association of Fundraising Counsel) and the Greater New York Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Ms. Prasad is past President of Women in Development New York (WID-NY), a professional association with over 800 members. During her tenure, despite the recession, and contrary to results at other membership organizations, WID-NY reached its highest membership level in more than 25 years and a three-year strategic plan was put in place to position the organization for future growth and financial stability. In addition, a new higher-level President's Council membership was established, which reached its target membership within the first year. She also created the "Meet the Philanthropists: Women's Edition" event which has become an annual program highlight. Previously, while she was first Vice President of Programs and 25th Anniversary Chair, attendance at monthly luncheons doubled, the Women of Achievement Luncheon transformed from WID's least well-attended, loss-making luncheon to its signature event, and membership numbers jumped by 20% in a single year.

Previously, she was co-chair of National Philanthropy Day in New York, during which time the net revenue from the event more than doubled. She also initiated the first Research Track at AFP's annual Fundraising Day New York Conference (the largest one-day conference on philanthropy in the country) and has coordinated it every year since then. Ms. Prasad also served as a member of the international board of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA), during which time she launched its first Virtual Seminar series. She was also a Board member and Chair of the 25th Anniversary Committee of the New York Women’s Agenda where she launched its first individual giving campaign.

Ms. Prasad has served on, and led the boards and committees of numerous nonprofits in this country and overseas. She was honored by the US Ambassador to Jamaica for “outstanding service, unrelenting dedication and resourcefulness” as President of the American Women's Group. That year, the organization quadrupled the funds raised and created an endowed educational scholarship fund. She was also recognized by the Rotary Club of Calcutta Midwest in India for raising funds for a free cataract surgery project in rural Bengal.

Ms. Prasad began her career as an investigative reporter, and worked in journalism, advertising and public relations in India, South Korea, Hong Kong, Jamaica and the U.S. before transitioning to fund-raising for nonprofits. Her prose and poetry have been published in numerous publications around the world.

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