Wingo NYC is your “outsourced development department.” We provide an experienced, complete fundraising team for the price of one staff person, or less. Wingo NYC provides expert fundraising strategy + design + implementation
Founded in 1996, Wingo NYC is a unique blend of a traditional development consulting firm and a graphic design studio based in New York City.
We work with non-profit organizations to help them establish and nurture relationships with donors through strategic fundraising and effective donor communications. We are a hands-on group of experts in fundraising, communication, design and special events.
We create fundraising programs to meet a full range of client objectives, from board and staff development to program implementation and design. We help to refine existing fundraising and donor communication programs and facilitate organizational growth and board development.
We work directly with your staff and board to nurture and create change, and we’re not afraid of challenging conversations with people resistant to fundraising innovation.
Sustainability & Affordability
We strategize and implement with eye to your budget at all times. We know you have to spend money to raise money, but our fees are reasonable; we only suggest what is healthiest for our clients.
Teaching & Learning
We believe in training and mentoring board and staff in fundraising, and keeping everyone in our firm up-to-date in the latest trends in the field.
Service to Our Community
We support social and cultural change through expertise, engagement, volunteerism, pro bono work and sponsorship.
We adhere to ethical fundraising methods and share best practices to help our clients ensure they are beyond reproach.
DOUG WINGO • principal
Thinking he would leave Harvard Divinity School and become an ecumenical college chaplain, instead Doug turned his passion for social justice into a decades-long career in the secular ministry of fundraising. After working on the frontlines of the AIDS epidemic during the darkest years, he founded Wingo NYC in 1996, the year the cocktail brought so many people back to life. He believes fundraising is a critical form of advocacy, a tool for creating community and social and cultural change. Focusing on the roles relationship-building and communication play in successful fundraising, Doug has brought his extensive experience in creating and implementing successful, systematic development and donor communication campaigns designed to increase and diversify income for organizations just getting off the ground and to those that have been around for years. He is a coach and mentor to board and staff members, regularly leads trainings and courses on fundraising and, for several years has served as a member of the Selection Committee for the annual NYC Non-Profit Excellence Awards. The fundraising studio grew out of his early years as an art major at the College of William and Mary and a teenage proselytizer in the Bible Belt. Doug is living proof that change is possible.
CHRISTA ORTH • senior consultant
Christa is a seasoned fundraising and communications veteran, having served in the non-profit trenches since the grunge era. She is a whip-smart strategist, teacher and coach, who delights in transforming organizations by creating and sustaining a culture of giving. Having come of age at the dawn of the Internet, Christa has deep expertise in effective written and digital communications, ensuring that our clients take advantage of the latest ways to attract and upgrade donors. She is a patient and persistent leader, recruiting even the most reluctant staff and board members to join the army of fundraisers. Christa will not stop until all our clients are living up to their fundraising potential.
TIM LEGG • designer
A former member of ACT UP, Tim is well aware of the role visual communication and advocacy can play in creating change. He comes to Wingo after life as a ceramicist, decade-long staffer at the NYC Non-Profit Coordinating Committee and landscape designer. At Wingo, Tim creates hundreds of small and large campaigns whose purpose is to communicate with donors and cultivate and solicit gifts to support client missions. He designs and produces print and multi-channel online collateral, including websites, works with printers to get the best prices and oversees all aspects of production. He’s also Wingo’s head of IT, HR and business management. The guy wears many hats, beautifully. (He was a model in his college years for Cooney's Closet clothing store in Skaneateles, NY.) Tim holds a BFA in Editorial Design and Ceramics from Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts and a certificate in Landscape Design from the New York Botanical Garden.
GWENN CAGANN • consultant
Gwenn brings over 25 years of experience with non-profit and for profit organizations. For ALLINBKLYN, a startup dedicated to addressing resource disparity, Gwenn oversaw the policy development, funding priorities, investment planning and fiduciary partnership which led to over $200k in first year funding for 13 organizations working on social justice issues from youth to aging. Gwenn has been a Board member and fundraiser for aging issues at Heights and Hills, helping to execute sequential annual fundraisers with an emphasis on recruiting committee members and new donors. A Board member of Packer Collegiate Institute, she has worked for over a decade on annual gala events with record breaking results, major gift campaigns and managed hundreds of volunteers as President of the Parent Association where funds raised allowed for increasing diversity through financial aid. Gwenn's work as a co-founder of New World Coffee and new products for Quaker Oats and Colgate Palmolive laid the foundation for working on startup projects and events. Gwenn and her dog are a therapy team for The Good Dog Foundation and she is an assistant cooking teacher to children at The Sylvia Center. Gwenn holds a Masters of Management from Northwestern University and a BS from University of Illinois.
EVAN BRIGGS • project manager
Evan hails from the Pacific Northwest. He graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Gender Studies and Public Policy. Evan has worked for the Washington State Senate as a Policy Associate and Legislative Assistant. Additionally, Evan served on the fundraising team for the historic Washington State Marriage Equality Campaign, other wise known as Referendum 74. He then joined the Washington State Senator responsible for championing this legislation in the 2014 Seattle Mayoral Race, again working in campaign finance. After a victorious campaign, Evan decided to pursue his dream of living in New York City and begin working in the non-profit world.
NAOMA NAGAHAWATTE • consultant
Naoma comes to Wingo NYC with more than a decade of experience as a human rights advocate, social justice campaigner and political strategist. She has helped guide a number of law and policy based social justice efforts, including co-leading the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and anti-Islamophobia and interfaith efforts at the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Naoma uses her extensive communications and advocacy chops to strategize and draw new supporters to our clients. She holds advanced degrees from the New School for Social Research and Columbia University. Naoma currently resides in NYC with her family and a small dog named Monkey.
JULIA CELATA • development assistant
Julia is originally from Seoul, South Korea, born into a diverse Korean, Italian, Irish and American family. Because of her multi-cultural upbringing, she considers herself a citizen of the world, and advocates for human rights, gender equality and social justice. Julia received her MS in Politics and International Relations from the University of London, and a BA in International/EU Studies from North Carolina State University, with extended study at Università degli Studi di Perugia in Italy. She has volunteered for a number of organizations such as APOPO, the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, and previously worked in research and development in the marketing and non-profit spaces, which sparked her interest in joining Wingo NYC. Julia speaks several languages including French, Korean, Italian and Spanish among others. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, volunteering and trying new foods.
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