Experience does matter. Based on my experience working in this field, I know whether I can deliver what you need. 

My Bio: 

Rachael Barrett has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, working in domestic and international organizations, in the areas of health and mental health, community development, legal services, criminal justice, and advocacy. Throughout her career, she has been committed to working with entrepreneurial organizations focused on systemic change through education and advocacy.

Eager to support the mission of nonprofits, Rachael has worked as a fundraising consultant, and been engaged with a number of nonprofits in New York, Connecticut, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.  Her core expertise is in the development and execution of strategies to increase revenues from institutional donors (foundations, corporations, and government).  With a strong emphasis on prospect research, proposal writing, case statements, business plans, and project management, Rachael ensures that nonprofits can secure the funding to carry out their mission. In recent years, she has gained considerable experience with event and conference planning. For the past two years, she has led the expansion of Philadelphia’s Energy Coordinating Agency’s (a NEUAC member) annual Energy Conference, by increasing sponsorships, attendance and expanding the overall program. She has familiarity with online conference and event management tools.

Complementing her core experience is her ability to work with boards, create operational plans for development departments, as well as event planning and social media strategies. Creative and strategic, Rachael is familiar with philanthropic trends, program evaluation and data analysis. In addition to her consultancy, Rachael has also worked at nonprofits in New York City as fundraising staff, including senior-level positions with the International Rescue Committee’s Women’s Refugee Commission and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. Rachael is currently affiliated with Orr Associates, Inc. as a Senior Consultant, and is working wiht a number of clients across the east coast.

Community Activities

  • Board Member, Chairperson, Radio Diaries
  • Advisory Board Member, Institute for Public Architecture


  • MBA, University of New Haven
  • BS, Mass Communications, Emerson College


Rachael is a member of the American Association of Grant Professionals, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Women in Development, American Prospect Research Association, and the American Evaluation Association.  She is an experienced facilitator and presenter.

Below is a list of some of the clients (past and present) I have worked with in my career:


Social Justice / Human Services:

PROOF: Media for Social Justice: Leading business development and institutional philanthropy for a ten-year old international social justice nonprofit.
Orr Associates, Inc (OAI): Foundation freelancer for fundraising consultancy with offices in New York, NY and Washington, DC. Served on project teams for: Boys & Girls Harbor (NYC), Family League (Baltimore), Alliance for a Healthier Generation (National), College Summit (National), Community Learning Schools (NYC), Girl Scouts of America (Central Office, NYC)
Bronx Bethany Community Corporation: Fundraising planning and strategy. Working with board of directors and executive director to create systems and processes to enhance fundraising.
New Heights: Preparing case statement and support for development office.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York: Prepared for proposals for submission
Women’s Refugee Commission: Prepared proposals for submission to private and public funders.

Environmental / Conservation:

Bird Caribbean: Facilitated annual board retreats
Woodford Cedar Run, Medford, NJ: Provide proposal research and writing to support operations of a small wildlife preserve and education program.

Health Related:

Weston United: Support on proposal writing for supportive housing expansion and Medicaid Redesign
State of Maryland, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services: Technical assistance provided for preparation of HRSA-proposal for employment services for persons with mental health issues.
Yale New Haven Hospital: Secured a multi-year, $3 million HRSA grant. Secured State grants for HIV counseling, testing and referral, secured funding for pediatric dental clinic.
Brooklyn Hospital Center: Secured Nurse Family Partnership grant from City of New York.
Matheny Medical Center of New Jersey: Providing research and proposal writing for a $10 million capital campaign.
Interlude, Danbury, CT: Providing project specific to fund supportive housing programs for individuals with mental illness.

Social Impact:

NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center: Wrote business plan for the start up

PROOF: Media for Social Justice
Seaconke Wampanoag Tribe
Vote 18
NAACP of Greater New Haven
Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Southern CT Branch
Life Haven Shelter in New Haven, CT,
New Haven Family Alliance
New Haven Home Recovery
Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Prison Outreach program
Cedar Run Wildlife Program