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About Us

 

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.


Our Values

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.

Integrity

We adhere to ethical fundraising methods and share best practices to help our clients ensure they are beyond reproach.

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ALEX BREITMAN • consultant

Alex puts the FUN in fund raising events! From annual galas, to conferences, to house parties, to dance parties, he brings to life revenue-generating ideas to create a memorable event for supporters and staffers alike. Alex comes equipped with over 13 years of fundraising event expertise, having produced parties in New York City, Miami Beach, Washington, DC and Los Angeles. What started as an internship at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (now the National LGBTQ Task Force), turned into a career of creating unique and lucrative experiences that raised money to fight for full LGBTQ freedom, justice and equality. He has also consulted with Dēmos, innovating aspects of their annual gala over two years, so they could grow their efforts to achieve an equal say in our government for all Americans. Furthermore, Alex has executed on successful 360 marketing strategies for events and nonprofits. His optimistic attitude and service with a smile bring light to everything he does in his work. In his downtime, Alex loves to run, go to the theatre, see his favorite divas live and travel the world. He is a Manhattan resident, a native of New Jersey and a graduate of University of Miami.

alex@wingo.nyc

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. 

evan@wingo.nyc

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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.

gwenn@wingo.nyc

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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.

mikaila@wingo.nyc

Gabe Kawugule • development assistant

Gabe comes to Wingo NYC with experience in the nonprofit and fashion arenas, which have imbued him with an investment in how we see the world and what he can to do shape a better one. His recent tenure in individual giving at WNET New York Public Media, and his experience putting on community events at Vassar College's LGBTQ Center have prepared him to support the missions and work of Wingo NYC's clients. Gabe holds a BA in Media Studies, with focuses on film, music and television, as well as concentrations in political science, women’s and gender studies and Africana studies. He 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.

gabe@wingo.nyc

MADDIE LEGG • development associate

Maddie is a recent graduate of a Jesuit education at Fordham University, where she discovered complementary passions for social justice and fashion. Her experience with internships at GLAAD and multiple fashion industry companies taught her that taking action can be rewarding and glamorous. Maddie’s academic concentration on communications and political science has been enriched by her lifelong real-life commitment to service as the Creative Director of Mode Magazine at Fordham, and as a volunteer for Relay for Life, Autism Speaks and Glenmary Home Missioners, where she helped combat rural poverty in Rutledge, TN. Hailing from a small town in upstate New York herself, Maddie is a champion for the underdog, and she works tirelessly to provide top-notch support for our clients, doing a lot with a little. In her free time Maddie enjoys scouring thrift stores, going to the theatre and sharing memes that will make you laugh.

maddie@wingo.nyc

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.

tim@wingo.nyc

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.

naoma@wingo.nyc

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.

christa@wingo.nyc

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.

doug@wingo.nyc

Our Memberships

Wingo and its staff are members of the following organizations:

 
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