With 20 years of experience working for and consulting with nonprofits and public agencies, Karen brings particular expertise in business planning, strategic fundraising and marketing, and volunteer and board development. Her background in donor development allows Karen to create a unique connection with each client. She is adept at solving complex problems and passionately challenges her clients to be the best that they can be.

About Karen

“Our clients do really important work. It’s an honor to help them tackle the obstacles and take advantage of the opportunities that make them stronger and even more able to make a difference.”


  • Developed business, strategic, marketing, and fundraising plans for over 80 local, regional, national, and international nonprofits around the country
  • Recruited, trained, and supervised over 500 volunteers, including high-level board and committee volunteers
  • Planned and implemented 100+ fundraising events for local, state, and national audiences
  • Created comprehensive marketing and donor communication campaigns
  • Invited to lead workshops and provide keynote addresses at state and national conferences
  • Currently an adjunct professor at the Colorado School for Public Health and
  • Lead instructor for the High Impact Manager and Nonprofit CEO live virtual cohorts


  • Master of Nonprofit Management, with honors – Regis University
  • Colorado Trust Fellowship, Class of 1997
  • Bachelor of Arts in sociology – University of Colorado Boulder

What Clients are Saying about Karen

“Karen is a real treasure. I can’t say enough wonderful things about her authenticity, commitment, talent, and overall greatness. She is one-of-a-kind! Profession, expert, competent and a joy to work with!! With her partnership, I am feeling truly confident about our planning process including so many great unintended consequences that Karen has helped me uncover.”

“WOW! Thanks for a great day yesterday. I appreciated your facilitation style and your ability to glean so much from the group!!”

“Thank you again for helping facilitate this meeting. We really couldn’t have done it without your help. I’m feeling much more confident about where we’re going and what we need to do to move this organization forward.”

“Your information was hugely helpful and your presentation style helped everyone connect in real ways. Your ‘Engaging Constituents’ information opened my eyes to a new way of thinking.”
Shelli Bischoff

Shelli Bischoff

President & CEO

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Karen Buck

Karen Buck

Vice President of Consulting

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Lisa Selzler

Lisa Selzler

Vice President of Efficacy

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