our team of non-profit experts

Founder and Principal


An entrepreneurial philanthropy and not-for-profit leader, Danielle has a proven track record of success and nearly 30 years of experience in organizational capacity-building and nonprofit fundraising.  In 2008, she launched D.E.K. Associates Consulting building on her expertise and experience in non-profit organizations, institutional and individual fundraising, strategic planning, management, and program design and evaluation. Danielle also has solid experience in management, leading annual fund growth, social media engagement, improving development operations and information management systems, and event planning. Over the decades, she has also honed her philanthropic advising skills working closely with donors to ensure they reach their goals.  

Danielle has held leadership positions as a fundraising director at Amnesty International, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Oxfam America, WGBH, and World Education. Throughout her career, she has led teams that have secured over $100 million in gifts and grants. She has contributed to raising several millions more as a consultant. She has served as a volunteer for non-profits in a range of capacities, including serving on boards, advisory committees, and as a pro bono, non-profit consultant.   

Danielle earned a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs and a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American Studies from Brandeis University.  

Professional Affiliations and Ethics 

  • Registered, Professional Fund-Raising Counsel with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of the State Attorney General
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) member since 1990s, Danielle and D.E.K. Associates adhere to AFP’s code of ethics and conduct
  • International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy, guest member, 2016-present 
  • Independent Advancement Consultants, Founding member of professional leadership groups, 2014-present
  • Senior Women in Development, member since 2007, planning committee 2016-17

Conferences, Workshops, & Publications

  • AFP Mass: Conference Planning Committee 2004, 2008, 2012; Conference Track Co-Chairs, Major Donors and Corporate and Foundations, 2012; Fundraising Basics Course lecturer, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014; and Conference Presenter, 2004, 2006, 2012; and 2014
  • Amnesty International Skills Share Conference: International presenter, Spain 2011 and Americas Regional presenter, Argentina 2009
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting Producers’ Workshop: Philanthropy Panel Presenter 2003-2006 
  • Public Broadcasting Services National Development Conference: Presenter, 2002 & 2004 
  • Public Radio National Development Conference: Presenter, 2006
  • Philanthropic Reports/Papers:
  • Endowed Grantmaking Development Foundations in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean. South-North Development Initiative, Biemann, B., Cannon, L. and Klainberg, D., 1992 (for Kellogg and Ford Foundations).
  • New Institutions for Strengthening Civil Society.  South-North Development Initiative. Cannon, L. and Klainberg, D., 1994 (for Ford Foundation)
  • The Case for Establishment of an African-Latin American Institute. Klainberg, D., 1995   

Sampling of Volunteer and Pro Bono Activities

  • Massachusetts Democrats, Delegate state convention June 2017
  • ACLU’s People Power and Forward MA focused on refugee immigrants rights since 2016
  • Diller Foundation/JCC Youth Leadership Fellow, founding chair of the advisory board (since 2012) 
  • FUSN-CDT Organic Community Farm – raising crops for local soup kitchen and pantries (since 2016)
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Family Table, Volunteer since 2010
  • Brandeis University Alumni Reunion Committees, 2006, 2011, 2016 
  • Newton Schools Foundation Board of Directors, VP, Grantmaking Committee (1st term), Development Committee (2nd term) 2007-2012; Advisory Committee 2102-present
  • Congregation Dorshei Tzedek, Board of Directors, Chair Communications 2012- 2013; various volunteer activities, 2007- present
  • Newton Schools, PTO various activities 2001-present: Foundation Liaison; Social Action, Class Parent 
  • Oxfam America, Staff-Elected Board Member, 1999-2002   



Grantwriter / Writer



Shani has over 16 years of  experience in non-profit fundraising, program management, education, and in urban farming. A through-line in her professional life has been a commitment to the social justice and improving the lives of disadvantaged communities and youth throughout Boston and Massachusetts. 

Before returning to grant writing, Shani served in various leadership positions with Victory Program’s ReVision Urban Farm in Dorchester. Previously, she served as the Assistant Director for Institutional Resources at Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston where she raised $2 million annually from foundations, corporations and other institutions, such as the United Way. Shani also worked as the Development Coordinator at Teen Voices, cutting-edge youth development program for teen girls, where she produced donor research and wrote grant proposals and reports, raising over $150,000 annually.  

Shani’s philosophy for successful grant writing: thorough research and clear and passionate communication of an organization’s strengths and accomplishments. 

 In addition to her expertise in grant writing, Shani has solid experience in volunteer coordination, member services, diversity work facilitation, strategic planning, and event coordination. She served on the Board of Directors of Reflect and Strengthen, helped launch the Food & Land Team of Alternatives for Community and Environment, and graduated from Lead Boston, a social justice leadership development program of emerging leaders in the city of Boston through the Boston Center for Community and Justice. Shani is a graduate of Wellesley College and is studying for a Masters’ in Public Policy from Tufts University.  



Frances is a seasoned donor prospect researcher and database consultant with a long history in  grant-writing for non-profits. She specializes in individual and organizational donor prospect research, as well as providing database consulting for the Blackbaud database, Raiser’s Edge®. 

Before starting her consulting practice, Frances served in the development office at COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts, where she rose from Manager of Development Database and Research to the Grants and Research Administrator. In the past, she worked for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Senegal, Africa conducting research and grant-writing for the Senegalese National Park Service. Frances was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica working with community health clinics coordinating resources from a global charity and the European Union.    

Frances has a B.A. degree in Photography and Design from the California Institute of the Arts and a M.S. degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia.  

Graphic Design

Arielle Winchester

Arielle is a graphic designer with a passion for illustration, packaging design, and information graphics.

Her areas of specialization include: graphic design, information graphics, illustration, poster design, logo design, branding, web design, bookbinding, and letterpress. She has over seven years of experience working in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, and she is well-versed working with: user interface, HTML, and CSS.   

Arielle graduated from Montserrat College of Art as valedictorian. She began her career as a graphic designer at Meridian Associates then moved on to John Snow, Inc., where she was also the lead designer for World Education. She then worked at WuXi NextCode Genomics and Shell. She is currently working as a freelancer while pursuing a Master’s degree in Design and Visual Culture at IADE University in Lisbon, Portugal.  

Network of Professional Consultants

Independent Advancement Consultants (IAC)

Danielle is a founding member of IAC, a consortium of 15 New England-based non-profit and advancement professionals with a wide array of expertise and experience. We operate independently, but we meet regularly and frequently consult with one another, share resources, and often partner on projects when it is helpful to our clients. 

This exceptional team of colleagues serves as a rich resource for DEK and its clients.  IAC enables us to add specialized services and skills when our clients require, such as planned giving or board governance, campaign strategy and management. 

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