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
Wingo NYC is a unique blend of a fundraising consulting firm and 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, effective communications and outstanding special events. We are a hands-on group of friendly experts who move organizations toward excellence.
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.
EVAN BRIGGS • project manager
Evan hails from the Pacific Northwest with a degree in Gender Studies and Public Policy from The Evergreen State College. Naturally, he’s a lover of nature and a fierce advocate for social justice. Evan launched his career in the communications and fundraising universe early on, serving as Policy Associate and Legislative Assistant for the Washington State Senate and as a fundraiser on the historic Washington State Marriage Equality Campaign, Referendum 74, as well as the 2013 Seattle Mayoral race. Evan wears many hats as Wingo NYC’s Project Manager, working intimately with our clients to ensure seamless implementation of the tailored fundraising strategies and communications plans we create. Evan especially likes working with clients to enhance and enrich their communications, with a focus on the multi-channel content. Social media is Evan's #forte. On the weekends, Evan can be caught rollerblading down the West Side Greenway.
GWENN CAGANN • director, special events fundraising
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.
MIKAILA DOWNING • design associate
Mikaila is a recent graduate of Pratt Institute with a BFA in Communications Design. While in school she was involved with galleries both on and off campus, leading efforts to set up the annual American Illustration and Photo Party and interning with George Billis Gallery in Chelsea. Mikaila immersed herself in the world of fundraising and nonprofits a canvasser, board member and project leader for NYPIRG. Mikaila is most fulfilled as an artist when she can share her skills in design and illustration with our clients, serving movements bigger than herself. When she’s not designing at Wingo NYC, she likes to go to art shows and museums and to draw from life.
GABE KAWUGULE • research and business associate
Gabe brings to Wingo NYC a passion for fundraising and the transformative social justice work that it enables. He has a discerning eye for identifying individual and institutional funder prospects and matching them with our clients’ missions. Gabe has extensive knowledge of all the latest research engines, and is beyond an expert googler. He holds a BA in Media Studies from Vassar College, with focuses on film, music and television, as well as concentrations in political science, women’s and gender studies and Africana studies. Gabe hails from Richmond, Virginia, and in his spare time enjoys discovering new music, not getting stuck on the C train, seeing every Marvel production that hits the big or small screen, and attempting to cook.
MADDIE LEGG • development associate
Maddie is one of the multi-faceted leaders of our special events team. Before joining Wingo NYC as a staff member in 2017, her experience as an intern at Wingo, GLAAD and multiple fashion industry companies taught her that details matter and paying attention is the difference between a good event and a great event. With a creative eye, Maddie takes special care working with clients to produce events of all sizes, from intimate major donor cultivation events to enormous benefit galas. She has deep experience planning dozens of creative experiences that both advance our clients' missions and keep donors and sponsors engaged beyond events. And her unwavering cheer and positive attitude are contagious and keep all constituents happy. Hailing from a small town in upstate New York, Maddie is a champion for the underdog, and works tirelessly to provide top-notch support for our clients, doing a lot with a little. In her free time, she enjoys scouring thrift stores, going to the theatre, and hosting niche-themed costume parties. She received her BA in Communications and Political Science from Fordham University.
TIM LEGG • creative director
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.
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.
CHRISTA ORTH • vice president
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 earned a BA in Women's and Gender Studies at Western Washington University and an MA in American History at the University of Oregon. She shares her expertise as a frequent contributor to the Grassroots Fundraising Journal. Christa is also an accomplished filmmaker, putting compelling stories on the big screen, including her award-winning feature documentary, North Pole, NY.
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.
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