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About Pilot Peak Consulting

About Pilot Peak Consulting

Experts in fundraising and nonprofit organizational management, Pilot Peak Consulting, LLC (PPC) moves organizations forward. We work with you to address challenges and reach your potential.

We are a major force in transforming nonprofits, leading you successfully through change by providing high quality counsel and implementation services. There are a few things to know about us and how we work:

  • We do things differently. We’re not just another consultancy. We roll up our sleeves and work through the messiness of change with you.
  • We’re passionate. We believe in your vision and your mission and work hard to help you promote it.
  • We’re totally honest and totally kind. We don’t own rose-colored glasses. We tell it like it is in a thoughtful and productive way.
  • We pride ourselves on integrity, hard work, compassion, and effectiveness. We get the job done well. Plain and simple.
  • We hold ourselves to a very high standard. We want you to do the same – for us and for your organization.

We offer over 20 years of experience supporting the missions, leaders, and teams of community nonprofit organizations.


Assessment, planning, program development, and implementation of your fundraising and granting programs


Assessment, reorganization, recruitment and coaching of your staff and your Board to maximize productivity and effectiveness


Planning, facilitation and post-meeting synthesis of your meeting or discussion to help your group meet their objectives effectively

" Emma provided invaluable guidance in building the foundation for our campaign. She is engaging, listens well to all input, and helped us build the right direction for our particular focus. She adapted to our unique situation and provided concrete tools to fit our needs. "
Mary B. Agee - President & CEO - Northern Virginia Family Service

Our Services

Putting you on the path to success includes:

Assessments & Planning

Assessment of your organizations capacity for growth and detailed plans for building the infrastructure and strategies to move your organization forward

Program Development & Implementation

Strategic, targeted program development to guide you as you raise and grant funds and assistance in executing your strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward grantees, donors and prospects

Campaign Feasibility, Planning, Implementation & Counsel

Feasibility study services that lead to comprehensive step-by-step campaign plans and follow-on implementation or counsel

Talent Management

Assessment of skills of staff and volunteers and thorough planning for improvement through recruitment, training and coaching

Change Management

Assessment, implementation and counsel services for organizations in transition

Meeting Planning, Facilitation & Synthesis

Management of the meeting process through structured agendas, ground rules, and consensus building that leads to appropriate next steps

Find out more about Reach Your Peak and Pathfinder programs designed for nonprofits whose budget may be small, but whose visions and missions are vast.

" Whenever I face a tricky professional dilemma, or even if I just need a quick shot of sound, unbiased advice, Emma is always my first call. Her instincts are spot on, her experience is vast, and her response time is fast. There is truly no one I’d rather have in my corner. "
Emily Evans - Executive Director - Women's Foundation of Oregon

About Emma Kieran

Emma Kieran

Bringing over 20 years of professional and volunteer fundraising experience, Emma started Pilot Peak Consulting in 2014. For the last 10 years she has been a partner, coach, teacher, and change agent to nonprofits around the US. She has worked with over 60 nonprofits in her career on a broad range of projects from planning to implementation, coaching and interim services.

Most recently, Emma was the Vice President for Fundraising and Development at Orr Associates, Inc. (OAI). Before OAI, Emma was a consultant with Changing Our World (CW). During her tenure at these two nationally recognized fundraising consulting firms, she helped many nonprofit organizations augment their strategies and improve their fundraising activities. Prior to working as a consultant, Emma worked as a front line fundraiser for Sidwell Friends School and Capitol Hill Day School in Washington, DC.

A native Pittsburgher, Emma holds an MA from Columbia University in Organizational Psychology, an MPA from American University in Nonprofit Management and a BA from Connecticut College. In her free time, Emma is a dedicated volunteer to several organizations in the Pittsburgh area. She is an avid marathoner and four-time Ironman triathlete, and enjoys photography and being outdoors with her husband and their labradoodles.

" Emma lead us in discussion effectively, synthesized our conversation, and provided suggested next steps that will help propel us there. The result of engaging Emma was quality services that fit our needs perfectly. "
Don McGovern - Development Committee Chair - DC Association of Chartered Public Schools


* During tenure at Orr Associates, Inc.

" Everything great about PPC can be summed up in how Emma runs a meeting: they are always on schedule, on topic, and relevant to the task at hand. "
Cate Roosevelt - Advancement Director - Cornelia Connelly Center

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