Meet The Staff

Amanda Pearce, CFRE
Owner, Consultant & Lover of All Things ‘Development’

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 21 years through executive coaching, strategic and development planning, capital campaign 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 grant writing, budget development, diversifying funding streams, capital campaign planning, and capacity building. Mandy lives in Hickory, NC with her husband and their rescue dogs, Leo and Dalli, who share her enthusiasm for the outdoors.


Marie Palacios
Business Partner

Marie Palacios, originally a native of Morganton, NC is an experienced leader in the non-profit sector. She currently serves as a part-time executive director of the Exploring Joara Foundation, a non-profit organization in Morganton, NC, and as a development consultant for both emerging and experienced businesses through Funding for Good, Inc. Marie began her non-profit career as a volunteer with Centro Latino of Hickory in 2002 where she developed an after-school program for at-risk Latino youth, served as Program Director and transitioned into the role of Executive Director which she filled from 2008-2014.  For the past 15 years, Marie has dedicated her time and energy to education and advocacy within diverse sectors of the community and enjoys hosting a variety of non-profit development workshops/programs at the state and national levels. In addition to facilitating diversity trainings for local government, community organizations, and faith groups, Marie has served as an advisory member on committees addressing social justice issues at state and national levels. Marie is a trained Spanish/English interpreter and owner of MP ProConsult, Inc., a consulting company dedicated to helping businesses understand where “culture, language, and business development meet.” Marie currently resides in Morganton, NC with her husband and two daughters.


Amy Clinton

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 Hartman
Master of All Things Graphic 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.



Office Security

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 travels with Mandy and her husband Ricardo plays with their newest family member, Dalli, and is a very blessed addition to their family.


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.