Marian SternAbout

Fundraising And Philanthropy Consultant

For the past 20 years as an independent consultant, I have worked with a wide range of public charities, providing fundraising, board development, strategic planning and coaching services. With each of my clients, I customized my work after having analyzed their needs and strategic goals. Additionally, I have provided consulting services to funding organizations to refine and improve their philanthropic policies and practices.

Philanthropy Professor

I am an adjunct assistant professor at New York University in the School of Professional Studies – Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, having taught courses on the Psychology of Philanthropy, the History of American Philanthropy, and the Board of Trustees in the master’s program since 2007.

Beginning in 2016, I became a faculty member in the Columbia University Master’s in Fundraising Management program teaching the Advanced Fundraising Project.

From 2002- 2007 I was also on faculty at Rutgers University in the American Studies Department.

Corporate Philanthropy Executive

As Manager of Community Programming at Chemical Bank, I directed over $10 million in corporate contributions annually, worked with bank senior management to formulate philanthropic policy, and provided technical assistance to non-profit organizations throughout New York City. I also helped to establish and supervised the Bank’s Volunteer Center. Our strategy of “enlightened self-interest” strategically advanced the Bank’s commercial objectives while demonstrating its commitment to social responsibility.

Community Volunteer

As a volunteer in my community, I have provided similar support to local organizations, with my work ranging from creating fundraising campaigns and consulting on board/governance issues, to developing strategic plans and events. I have served on the boards of such organizations as the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Philanthropy New York, Rachel Coalition (domestic violence agency), and Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, NJ.


I have a Master’s in Public Administration from the Robert Wagner School of Public Service, New York University, and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Rutgers University.