The Helen Brown Group was formed in 2002 with a goal to create a new kind of fundraising research consultancy.I wanted to build a team of experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly professionals – working together to bring our collective fundraising intelligence to clients ready to create transformational change.
Successful HBGers would stand on a platform supported by three key pillars: a vow to abide by fundraising ethics guidelines; a desire for continuous learning and knowledge-sharing; and a commitment to provide outstanding quality and value to our clients.
It was a bold goal, since most prospect research consultancies were single-person operations. With good planning and great fortune in hiring, we’re building upward on that strong platform today. Learn more about our three key pillars: ethics, information in context, and value.
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Helen is president of The Helen Brown Group LLC, a fundraising intelligence consulting firm based in Watertown, Massachusetts. She is co-author of the book, Prospect Research for Fundraisers; the essential handbook (Wiley). Helen is a past board member and longtime volunteer for both Apra and NEDRA, and a frequent speaker for Apra and its chapters as well as other fundraising professional associations. Helen is Special Advisor on Fundraising to the board of the North American Foundation for the University of Manchester, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts & Manufactures (RSA) in London. Helen was honored to receive the NEDRA Ann Castle Award for service to the prospect research community in 2006 and the Apra Distinguished Service Award in 2017.