Fundraising is a journey.
Let us be your beacon.
Vision and direction
for nonprofit organizations.
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Experts in fundraising. Partners in nonprofit success.
Beacon serves as a light, guiding nonprofits to financial success. We develop long-lasting, deeply personal relationships with our clients, serving as a trusted advisor, guide and friend.
Lisa Lee, CFRE
Mollie O’Hara, CFRE, CFRM
Rachel Elder, CFRM
Mollie O’Hara offers over 25 years of hands-on experience in successful development programs, both as a consultant and professional fundraiser. She has worked with organizations of all kinds, from small, social service groups to major universities. With a desire to provide high-quality capital campaign consulting to the Austin nonprofit community, Mollie founded the company in December 2010 and continues to be recognized by her peers as an expert in fundraising. A member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 1996, Mollie was named Outstanding Fundraising Professional in 2004 and served as president of the Greater Austin Chapter in 2012. Additionally, Mollie earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) distinction in 2001 and a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University in 2017. Connect on LinkedIn
Vision and direction for nonprofit organizations.
Beacon works with nonprofits to guide strategic direction, improve financial health and, in turn, fuel their missions. By imparting lasting skills and enabling clients to cultivate the generosity of our neighbors, Beacon brings clarity and direction in implementing fundraising strategies and campaigns.
Feasibility and Planning Studies
Capital Campaign Counsel
Board and Staff Coaching and Training
Guidance through transformational change.
The path forward is not always clear, but with creative problem solving and a client-centered approach, Beacon will work alongside your entire organization to guide you to success.
- A Legacy of Giving
- AGE of Central Texas
- AIDS Services of Austin
- Arc of the Capital Area
- Austin Achieve Public Schools
- Austin Community Foundation
- Austin Diaper Bank
- Austin Dog Alliance
- Austin Gifted/ACE Academy
- Austin Habitat for Humanity
- Austin Independent School District
- Austin Parks Foundation
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- The Boys' School of Austin
- Circle C Child Development Center
- Colorado River Alliance
- Concordia University
- Creative Action
- Explore Austin
- Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
- Harmony Public Schools
- Headwaters at the Comal
- IDEA Public Schools
- Innocence Project of Texas
- Generation SERVE
- Lonestar Soccer Club
- Magnolia Montessori for All
- Mexic-Arte Museum
- Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin
- Rawson Saunders
- Saint Louise House
- Seedling Foundation
- Shoal Creek Conservancy
- St. Edward’s University
- Texas Hill Country Conservation Network
- Texas Methodist Foundation
- Texas Military Forces Historical Foundation
- The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas
- UTeach Outreach
- Wayside Schools
Client-driven and success-driven.
Beacon is committed to bettering our community and our clients’ success is critical to that goal. You can rely on our team to be a pillar of strength and light at every step of the way.
All our experiences working with Beacon have been productive, informative and fun! Mollie and her team epitomize competent efficiency and organization. Their vast wealth of experience and professionalism has effected successful and effective partnerships with HCC time and time again for strategic planning, training and facilitation.George Cofer CEO, Hill Country Conservancy
The team at Beacon demonstrates that their goals are our goals. They quickly engage staff and volunteers and develop meaningful relationships based in trust and expert counsel. They aren’t afraid to say the hard things and they are respected for that. I know I can always rely on Beacon to be there for our organization.Mike Nellis CEO, Austin Community Foundation
Mollie’s approach to fundraising is totally refreshing and enjoyable. She demystifies the process and helps you see how fundraising is truly a win-win for everyone – donors and organizations alike.Karen LaShelle Executive and Artistic Director, Creative Action
The Beacon Team gives so much back to the community in which they serve and work. They inspire us, as fundraisers, to aim higher for the nonprofits where we work and for ourselves, as professionals. Mollie, Lisa and Rachel inspire more people than they will ever know, because of the way they each lead. It is an honor to know and work alongside each of them.Rachel Mallernee Director of Development, Literacy First
Former President, AFP Greater Austin Chapter
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