Allison Trimarco is the founder of Creative Capacity, LLC (formerly Consulting for Nonprofits), which works with nonprofit organizations of all types to increase their management capacity. Her practice focuses on strategic planning, fundraising, communications, and volunteer development projects. In all her engagements, Allison aims to help clients develop new ideas, strategies, and skills that enhance the organization’s ability to carry out its mission.
Recent projects of note include a study for the Mendelssohn Club Chorus that examined potential strategies for collaboration and alliances; the revision of the mission and values for the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks; a planning process for PlayPenn, a national new play development organization, that developed an effective business model based on their mission and values; a research assessment that outlined strategies for improving the effectiveness of small nonprofit arts boards, funded by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Building Arts Participation program; a plan for building greater private sector support for South Jersey arts and culture organizations, developed in conjunction with the South Jersey Cultural Alliance; and a strategic plan for Philadelphia’s Attic Youth Center that provided a road map for a transition from a grassroots organization to a stable institution. Other recent clients include BalletX, Art-Reach, the Rosenbach Museum & Library, Azuka Theatre, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, The Food Trust, the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, and New Paradise Laboratories.
Prior to beginning her consulting practice, Allison worked for a wide range of nonprofit organizations, primarily in the arts and in youth service and development. She served as the Managing Director for Scrap Mettle SOUL Performance in Chicago, increasing its ticket sales by 75% and its organizational budget by 40% during her tenure. She also managed programs and public relations for one of the largest suburban public libraries in Illinois, participating in a successful $20 million dollar bond campaign that funded a complete renovation of the library.
She is an affiliated consultant and trainer with The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University’s School of Business, where she has handled fundraising and strategic planning projects for arts, education, and social service organizations. She is also an adjunct professor in Drexel University’s graduate program in arts administration, teaching audience development. Allison has conducted management seminars on fundraising, strategic planning, board development, and volunteer management for both regional leaders (the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania), and local organizations (schools, libraries, and community-based nonprofits).
Allison earned her Master’s degree in Arts Management with highest distinction at Carnegie Mellon University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre cum laude at Smith College. Her Master’s thesis explored organizational development strategies in small, volunteer-led arts organizations. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband, playwright and arts educator David Lee White, and their son Nick. Additional information can be found at www.creativecapacity.net.