Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
MERRILL L. MAGOWAN
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, THE MARINE MAMMAL CENTER (2006-2010)
"I have known Mecca Nelson since 2005. As Chairman of the Board of The Marine Mammal Center I had a hand in hiring her as Director of Development of TMMC. I felt we were taking a chance in this most important position in that her previous fundraising experience occurred in a mostly captive setting; for example, her target audience while working for Harvard were Harvard alumni. Nevertheless, she embraced the opportunity which became more of a challenge every day.
When Mecca joined TMMC we had just started a capital campaign to raise $16.5 million. Since $13 million was already in the bank, it did not seem to be too difficult a task to reach our goal. Unfortunately, the cost of raw materials needed for the project escalated so sharply that the final tally, which was reached, came to $33 million. We could never have achieved this without her leadership."
During the last six years, Mecca has demonstrated the ability to work hard and to enjoy favorable relationships with board members, staff, and influential donors. I could not recommend anyone more highly."
NANCY MCKENNEY, MNPL, CAWA
CEO, THE MARIN HUMANE SOCIETY
“Being a busy CEO who was relatively new to the Bay Area, I needed help in finding a new development director. Mecca screened our applicants thoroughly, provided us detailed written assessments on selected candidates and even provided input into our interview questions. She has a wealth of experience in philanthropy and a network in the development field--both provided us with special insights and support that we could not get with just relying on our recruitment ads. We found the right person, thanks to Mecca!”
BILLINGS CONSULTING GROUP COMPLETED CLIENT ENGAGEMENTS:
WildCare, San Rafael, CA | www.wildcarebayarea.org
Engagement Period: April 2012–December 2015
Manage fundraising for $2.1 million annual operating fund and $8 million capital campaign for wildlife rehabilitation, data collection and environmental education non-profit organization. Set new fundraising records in December 2012 and December 2013. Secured $1 million challenge grant for capital campaign.
Marin Symphony | www.marinsymphony.org
Engagement Period: October 2013 - June 2014
Provided fundraising counsel to Executive Director and Development Director.
Marin Symphony reports record contributions, budget surplus
Ritter Center | www.rittercenter.org
Engagement Period: February 2013 – April 2013
Provided fundraising strategy for individual major gifts program and signature fundraising event.
Wildlife Conservation Network | www.wildnet.org
Engagement Period: February 2013 - October 2013
Provided fundraising strategy as requested by WCN and its international conservation programs.
Engagement Period: August 2012–October 2012
Provided fundraising workshops to leaders of international conservation programs during WCN’s annual meeting in October 2012.
Marin Humane Society | www.marinhumanesociety.org
Engagement Period: August 2012–December 2012
Executed search for new Director of Development.
The Bay Lights, San Francisco, CA | www.thebaylights.org
Engagement Period: October 2011-January 2012 and September 2012-December 2012
Provided frontline support for fundraising campaign for unprecedented public art project with an $8 million fundraising goal.
The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, CA | www.tmmc.org
Engagement Period: March 2011-January 2012
Managed Hawaiian Monk Seal Healthcare Facility Capital Campaign; secured $1.5 million for the project during the consulting engagement. Managed Intensive Care and Quarantine Unit Capital Campaign; secured $500,000 for the project during the consulting engagement. Raised more than $650,000 in grant revenue for annual operating campaign.
FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL
A graduate of Harvard College, Mecca Billings Nelson has more than twenty years of professional experience in fundraising. In March 2011 she founded Billings Consulting Group, a full-service fundraising consulting firm. Since founding Billings Consulting Group, her fundraising counsel has directed more than $10 million to her clients.
Prior to starting her company, Ms. Billings Nelson was the Director of Development for The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA for five years. At The Marine Mammal Center she managed the strategy and execution of its capital and annual operating campaigns.
When Ms. Billings Nelson joined the Center in July 2006, it had secured $17 million for its capital campaign over a six year period. Under Ms. Billings Nelson’s leadership, the Center secured over $14 million in additional commitments to its capital campaign, including a $1 million challenge grant from the Packard Foundation (which she negotiated) and a $500,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation in less than three years.
Billings Consulting Group is a boutique firm that delivers expert and results-focused fundraising counsel to non-profits. We also have significant experience with capital campaign management.
Billings Consulting Group Services:
BILLINGS CONSULTING GROUP OFFERS A FULL RANGE OF SERVICES IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
- Capital Campaign Management
- Major Gifts Fundraising
- Multi-Channel Fundraising for Annual Campaigns (direct mail; online and more)
- Strategic and Business Planning
- Grant Writing
- Fundraising Training
- Special Events Planning and Production
- Marketing and Communications (including website design)