Don Chalmers

Don Chalmers

President, SparrowHawk Consulting

Greater Seattle Area

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Don Chalmers's Overview

  • President at SparrowHawk Consulting Company
  • Adjunct Member of the Faculty at The Evergreen State College
  • Former Board Member at NW Development Officers Association
  • Corporate Vice President Strategic Services at Asante Health System
  • Dir. Institutional Resource Development at Sinte Gleska College

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Don Chalmers' Summary

Celebrating 20 Years of Service as SparrowHawk Consulitng Company!

Continuing and building on a lifetime of community development since 1971 focusing on Non-Profits, Tribes and Tribal Organizations and small businesses as well as colleges and universities and healthcare institutions.

Specialties: Turning dreams into realities and all that goes along with that including Fund Development, Board Development, Resource Development, Project Management, Major Gifts, Philanthropy, Nonprofit Management, Facilitation and Customized Trainings, Capacity Building, Foundations and Corporations, Grant Research, and Nonprofit Sector.

Don Chalmers' Experience

Public Company; 1-10 employees; Management Consulting industry

February 1994Present (20 years 8 months) Tumwater WA USA

As a member of the SparrowHawk Team, I provide over all direction for the firm and spend plenty of time working directly with our clients.

Adjunct Member of the Faculty

The Evergreen State College

Educational Institution; 501-1000 employees; Higher Education industry

September 2003Present (11 years 1 month) Olympia, WA

I teach Grantwriting and Fundraising in the Evening and Weekend Studies Program.

Former Board Member

NW Development Officers Association

20002006 (6 years)

For six years, I was an active member of the Board including its strategic planning process and marketing initiatives.

Corporate Vice President Strategic Services

Asante Health System

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Hospital & Health Care industry

19921994 (2 years)

Responsible for Marketing, Planning, Community Relations, Resource Development, Lobbying, and related duties

Dir. Institutional Resource Development

Sinte Gleska College

19801984 (4 years)

Responsible for all external relations including fundraising, grantwriting, community relations and lobbying.

Don Chalmers' Publications

  • Approaching Funders Training

    • Tumwater, WA
    • August 17, 2014
    Authors: Don Chalmers

    This outline helps non-profits prepare their volunteers for soliciting prospective donors.We have offered this training to scores of groups along with a series of role-playing exercises. The package is very effective at giving volunteers the confidence they need to make calls and secure gifts!

Don Chalmers' Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Board Member

      A World Feast
      • Poverty Alleviation
      April 2013 present (1 year 6 months)

      Board Member and Consultant

    • Member, former board member

      Rotary Club of Olympia
      • Social Services
      February 1994 present (20 years 8 months)

      "Service Above Self"

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Civil Rights and Social Action
      • Economic Empowerment
      • Education
      • Environment
      • Health
      • Human Rights
    • Organizations I support:

      • Rotary International

Don Chalmers' Organizations

  • A World Feast

    Board Member
    • April 2013 to Present

Don Chalmers' Projects

  • Building for Cultural Resurgence-Suquamish Tribe of Washington State

    • May 2006 to September 2012
    Team Members: Don Chalmers, Leonard Forsman, Marilyn Wandrey, Other Foundation Board members, Foundation staff, other volunteers

    This comprehensive project included articulating an $18 million effort to help the Tribe build an new early learning center, longhouse, and museum along with other components the Elders felt were important like the restoration of Chief Sealth's grave, a new welcoming dock and a new ball field. We helped create the Suquamish Foundation to serve as a portal for private sector contributions including $850,000 from the Gates Foundation. We helped the Tribe increase awareness and appreciation of its projects and programs including how they benefit Tribal members and the broader Community. Working together at grant writing and fundraising we are within $400,000 of the Tribe's goal.

  • ROOTS Organizational Review and Strategic Planning Process

    • November 2011 to February 2012
    Team Members: Don Chalmers, Kristine Cunningham, the ROOTS Board of Directors, the ROOTS staff and other volunteers

    We were asked to conduct a comprehensive organizational review of Rising Out of the Shadows, a non-profit based in the University District of Seattle, WA. Our review included stakeholder interviews and materials review and lead to our sharing a series of recommendations designed to improve shelter and other services to guests and increase capacity of ROOTS to secure new resources.

    We are also helping lead a strategic planning process with the board and staff that will help set the direction for ROOTS in the coming 3 years.

  • Ho-Chunk Nation Health Department

    • May 2011 to September 2012
    Team Members: Don Chalmers, Alec Thundercloud, Julie Abbott-Jones, Other Department and Division staff, Other Ho-Chunk Nation Staff

    We were asked to help the Department by conducting an organizational review including document review and stakeholder interviews. Our report made several recommendations that are currently being implemented to improve communication and services. We also did team-building for the Department's Division of Behavioral Health that aided in integrating components of that Division. We have also helped the Division prepared and submit a successful grant application designed to enhance services to women recovering from AODA issues that produced over $400,000 for CY 2012.

  • Ho-Chunk Nation CTAS Grant Application

    • March 2012 to May 2012
    Team Members: Don Chalmers, Alec Thundercloud, Chief Judge JoDeen Lowe, Julie Abbott-Jones, Elizabeth Haller, Valerie Blackdeer, Sheila Corbine

    We helped the Ho-Chunk Nation prepare its successful Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation proposal including purpose area narratives and budgets. We also we asked to manage the preparation of the completed application for submission by the Nation. The application generated just under $2 million in justice and safety resources.

  • Swinomish Tribe Capital Facilities Implementation Planning

    • May 2013 to Present

    Working directly with our Project Director, Ed Knight, and HKP Architects I was responsible for overall project management and coordination. The project updated a needs assessment and master plan for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community HKP had completed in 2009, articulated two priority capital projects (including a tribal center and law and justice center) and proposed ways to fund those buildings. Our funding ideas included a variety of sources designed to make the project successful.

Don Chalmers' Languages

  • Spanish

Don Chalmers' Courses

  • Adjunct Member of the Faculty

    The Evergreen State College

    • Ideas to Realities: Grant Writing and Fundraising

Don Chalmers' Skills & Expertise

  1. Resource Development
  2. Strategic Planning Facilitation
  3. Consultancy
  4. Project Management
  5. facilitation
  6. Project Facilitation
  7. Executive Coaching
  8. Grant Writing
  9. Teaching
  10. Fundraising
  11. Research
  12. Writing
  13. Strategic Planning
  14. Economic Development
  15. Public Relations
  16. Non-profits
  17. Contract Negotiation
  18. Grants
  19. Public Speaking
  20. Planning
  21. Negotiation
  22. Event Planning
  23. Editing
  24. Policy
  25. Administration
  26. Higher Education
  27. Mediation
  28. Politics
  29. Government Relations
  30. Community Relations
  31. Community Outreach
  32. Program Development
  33. Board Development
  34. Media Relations
  35. Organizational Development
  36. Volunteer Management
  37. Team Building
  38. Coaching
  39. Proposal Writing
  40. Leadership Development
  41. Budgeting
  42. Marketing Communications
  43. Program Evaluation
  44. Program Management
  45. Public Policy
  46. Marketing Strategy
  47. Business Strategy
  48. Policy Analysis
  49. Press Releases
  50. Business Planning

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Don Chalmers' Education

University of Oregon School of Law

JD, Administrative Law


Activities and Societies: Student Body President

University of Oregon-Political Science and Psychology

Political Science and Psychology, Human Behavior


Activities and Societies: Student Senator

Don Chalmers' Additional Information

Groups and Associations:

Rotary of Olympia WA, Northwest Development Officers Association, Executive Alliance Seattle WA

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