About Us

About Us


Vavarde Strategic Funding is an accomplished team of fundraising and support services professionals from across the country helping nonprofit organizations reach their potential.



Our vision for you is to integrate a team of professionals with your organization in a variety of fundraising and support services areas to maximize your revenue streams and provide a sustainable approach for your future.


Our Guiding Principles:

  • We provide an integrated approach to planning and fundraising which connects all facets of a sustainable organization.
  • We prepare a solution which is tailored to your needs and current skill sets.
  • We find the right blend of professional team members to assist your organization.
  • We help organizations with all areas of fundraising and support services.
  • We work with you as long as you need us.
  • We adhere to the highest ethical standards and work in the best interests of nonprofits now and into the future.

Our Team


Eric A. Becher, Ph.D.

Dr. Eric A. Becher has over 35 years of experience in higher education, strategic planning, and fundraising. Eric has successfully cultivated long-standing donor relationships and secured major financial gifts, including numerous multi-million-dollar contributions at several institutions.

Nancy Johnson, Ph.D.

Research Associate
Dr. Johnson is a teacher, mentor, and pragmatic leader who has worked with planning, budgeting, fundraising, communications, and nonprofit administration to implement strategic initiatives.
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Janet Withers

Program Director
Janet Withers has over 15 years of experience in support roles for public higher education, nonprofit educational programming, fundraising, and volunteer engagement.
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Robert Schartow

Project Development
Robert (Bob) Schartow holds a Business and Mechanical Engineering degree from The University of Michigan. Bob is a natural change agent, moving new technologies to market in Start-up companies and advancing new manufacturing processes.
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Emily Rivera

Program Assistant
Emily Rivera is the most recent addition to the Vavarde Team as Program Assistant. She knows that we are all unique, but there is something that motivates each person to get up in the morning and keep going.  It is her pleasure to capture inspiring and motivating stories from the community to share as one of Vavarde's interviewers.

Resource Partners

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Annual Fund & Data Support

About Brian Lacy & Associates

Brian Lacy and Associates is a fundraising and data services firm with more than 30 years of experience that provides leading industry resources and veteran talent to maximize what your team can do across the giving spectrum.


Custom Website Design & Support

About 4 Elements Agency

4 Elements Agency is a boutique marketing agency that specializes in website design, SEO, and content writing. Our goal with every client is to provide the highest quality service at a competitive rate. With over 25 years of combined internet marketing experience, we provide our customers with a unique perspective, focusing our efforts on strategies that are 100% geared to our customers’ needs and goals. 

Tripod Marketing

Marketing & Social Media Support

About Tripod Marketing

Through our unique 3-part approach and our experiential and digital solutions, we help our clients choose the best pathway to success: customer loyalty and increased sales. Tripod can help you create that lasting connection with your target consumer. We can attract, convert, and delight your audience throughout the purchase process.

Whom We Assist

  • Arts Organizations
  • Churches and Religious Organizations
  • Education including PK-12 and Higher Education
  • Foundations
  • Healthcare Organizations
  • Libraries and Information Centers
  • Social and Community Organizations

How We Assist

Vavarde leadership works with your organization to develop a scope of work proposal. We will determine the best mix of external expertise to facilitate a successful outcome and then help you to create a timeline and metrics for successful completion of your project(s). Then, the Vavarde team will work with your organization to complete your project(s) through embedded assistance, contracted creative services and skills development.

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