Sherrie McCullough - Consultant

​A resident of the Monterey Peninsula since age three, Sherrie McCullough has owned businesses, taught dance, managed a radio station and served as vice president for two offices for Great Western Savings.  She has been deeply involved in this community through her Board leadership at many of the leading non-profit organizations.  She has received numerous awards recognizing her service.

McCullough brings first-hand expertise in effectively involving board members, planning and putting on special events, conducting one-on-one fundraising with donor prospects, and helping non-profits of all kinds to develop and achieve their short- and long-term goals.

Robin White – writer

As an author published by major houses and as a journalist with articles in national magazines (including cover stories), Robin White has the critical skills needed to turn complex information into clear and compelling stories. He brings three decades of research and writing experience to help non-profits:

  • Define who they are
  • Highlight what makes their case unique and compelling
  • Identify what they need, why they need it and how much it will cost
  • Submit proposals that makes funders want to say yes

He’s written successful grant proposals in the four-, five- and six-figure ranges.

Lisa Bennett, CFRE – Founder and Principal Consultant

Lisa Bennett has worked in development since 1981.  She has experience on staff at organizations both large and small.  She began The Cornerstone Group in 1988 to provide help in fundraising.  It soon became clear that most resource-development issues are symptoms of more fundamental organizational issues.   So she developed other areas of expertise: strategic planning; Board governance; campaign feasibility studies and management; mergers; and professional coaching.

Bennett is also a senior faculty member with The Fund Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.  She teaches their “Principles and Techniques,” “Development Major Gifts,” and “Capital Campaigns” courses all over the United States.  Course participants evaluate her teaching style very highly, citing her ability to involve everyone in discussions, her knowledge of the material, experience, clarity, and sense of humor.