Meet the Team
Amanda Pearce, CFRE | Owner
A grant writing expert, executive and development coach, fundraising consultant, and national fundraising trainer, Mandy Pearce, launched Funding for Good, Inc. in 2009 to equip organizations with the skills and tools needed to become successful and sustainable.
Mandy has taken her passion and expertise for fundraising to the development field and shared it with individuals and organizations for over 2 decades through executive coaching, strategic and development planning, seminars, and specialized consulting programs. Mandy’s dynamic teaching style brings thousands of people annually to her presentations at conventions, trainings, and workshops, in person and online.
Her business model is centered on her key values: honesty, efficiency, direct communication, and bringing dollars to local communities. Funding For Good, Inc. continues to create sustainability and build capacity for organizations across the country through the effective sharing of the knowledge and skills required to generate success. Mandy’s passions are development and executive coaching, fundraising planning, budget development, and all things grant writing. Mandy lives in Hickory, NC with her husband and their dogs, who share her enthusiasm for the outdoors.
Marie Palacios | Lead Consultant
Marie Palacios, owner of MP ProConsult and Lead Consultant of Funding for Good, is a native of Morganton, NC. She began her nonprofit experience as a volunteer while completing a community service project in college. During her freshman year at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory NC, Marie walked into a local nonprofit to volunteer with children and never left the field!
Over the past two decades, she has worn every hat imaginable in the nonprofit world: volunteer, board member, program director, executive director, and development consultant. Marie combines her experiences and expertise to help organizations grow for good. She is bilingual and uses her language skills to advocate for the Latino community, teach Spanish for Professionals courses, and offer consulting services in Spanish.
Her passions include program design, strategic planning, support for beginner nonprofits, board development, and fundraising.
Demian Pearce | Consultant
Demian, brother of Mandy, is a consultant with 20+ years of experience in business development, constituent engagement, team development, and prospect research.
His work with Fortune 100 organizations, private companies, smaller family-owned businesses and nonprofits provides a unique business perspective to the Funding For Good team.
Demian is committed to bringing the highest quality service to clients and their organizations.
Amy Clinton | Consultant
Amy Clinton is a nonprofit and public sector professional with more than 20 years experience in the grant research, writing, and management, program development, project management, strategic planning and group facilitation, and personnel psychology arenas. Prior to the formation of her nonprofit consulting practice, she led the grants department for one of the largest children’s behavioral health services organizations in Charlotte, North Carolina, netting the organization more than $1 million in grant revenue annually.
She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and from California State University, Sacramento with a Master’s in Psychology. She is a member of the North Carolina Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) and a past president of the Western Region Intergovernmental Personnel Assessment Council. Originally from Sacramento, California, Amy currently lives in Denver, North Carolina with her husband Peter and their 5-year-old son, Gabriel.
Carol Anne | Master of All Things Design, Marketing & Photography
Carol Anne Hartman is the owner of Carol Anne Hartman Design & Photography, LLC, a multi-media advertising, and marketing group that serves North Carolina small businesses as well as nationwide companies. As a photographer, she offers commercial and personal services, but her specialty is entertainers: actors, musicians and dancers. Actors have been known to drive great distances to use Carol Anne for their headshot photographer.
Anne Schmidt | Creative and Web Design
Anne is the founder of Blu Design Shop, a creative design agency that makes the overwhelming and often complex process of designing a visual brand or website, simple. She has over 10 years of experience in graphic and web design and has won awards for her winning sense of customer service, for being a team player, and for going above and beyond. She loves working with start-up companies, small businesses and entrepreneurs, locally and nationally, as well as lending her talents to the team at Funding for Good.
Andrea Mentzer | Graphic Design
Andrea is the Creative Director at Blu Design Shop. Her 19 years of experience crafting creative solutions for brands both big and small has given her an understanding of the creative process and the many working pieces that contribute to creative success. Andrea has experience in many areas of the design world including publishing, advertising and marketing. She has a strong print and branding background with a specific passion for helping small businesses bring their vision to life through thoughtful and purposeful creative direction.
Anna Hetzel | Conversion Copywriter
Anna is a conversion copywriter and brand messaging strategist, helping service providers translate their big ideas into websites that convert. Founder of Strange Birds LLC, Anna has helped companies, from tech startups to boutique agencies to nonprofits, strengthen connections with their clients and customers. They are currently the co-leader of Rise & Design, a monthly discussion-based meetup for creatives in Columbus, OH, and a commissioner on the Create Columbus Commission. When they’re not designing with words, they can be found building a tiny cabin in the woods, reading a book, or one of the (way too many) other hobbies they enjoy.
Dalli Blue | Office Security
Dalli Blue was found on the streets of Dallas, TX with her two siblings by Duck Team 6 Street Dog Rescue and Sacred Paws Rescue in the summer of 2016. Mandy and Ricardo saw Dalli’s photo online the day she was rescued and knew she was the next member of their family.
An amazing foster family kept Dalli in Dallas until Mandy and Ricardo could drive to pick her up on their honeymoon that Fall. Dalli was five months old when she drove across the country to her forever home in Hickory, NC. Her name comes from Dallas, the city where she was born, and her mother, Lady Blue. She is loving, sweet, energetic, and a great addition to the family.
Maximus (AKA Max) | Security in Training
Info coming soon!
Leo | His spirit motivates us daily
Leo was found on the side of the road, paralyzed and bleeding on a mound of melting snow over ten years ago. After some help getting him in the car, Mandy drove 30 minutes to the closest vet. The emergency vet did not think he would make it. After many days on IV fluids and medicine, Leo was still unable to walk.
The day Mandy went to put him down, he stood briefly and took a step. This small act of strength told Mandy all she needed to know about his character and determination to live. Mandy drove an hour each way to do therapy with Leo until he was strong enough to leave the emergency vet and come home with her. Leo grew into a strong, happy, healthy, loving constant companion. Leo traveled with Mandy and her husband Ricardo all of his years. Leo crossed the Rainbow Bridge in Sept. 2020 and is missed daily. His spirit is with Mandy and her family and lives on in their hearts. He may be gone, but he is never forgotten.