“We specialize in overcoming challenges that arise at the intersection of business, politics, and civic life. We are trusted as advisors because we understand the way our city and state works.”
- Chris Dunn, Principal


Board, Staff, and Volunteer Development — Bringing diverse, talented individuals to organizations to enhance organizational strength and impact

Conlon & Dunn has built a broad network of individuals who can bring new energy, leadership, and expertise to nonprofit organizations. From developing an effective board with a complementary set of skills and perspectives to using innovative new structures to attract high-level volunteer leaders, we make introductions and help clients create strategies to attract top talent to their board of directors, staff, and core group of supporters. As individuals move into new roles or want to expand the scope and depth of their influence, we also provide expert coaching for growth, bringing both subject matter expertise and leadership development skills to customized one-on-one sessions.

Fundraising — Offering strategies and support to access private and public sources of funding for nonprofits

We guide nonprofits in building fundraising capacity, positioning them for fundraising campaigns, and creating fundraising plans. This includes introducing nonprofits to philanthropic and public funding opportunities to launch or expand promising initiatives and help them define and pursue a well-paced, strategic approach to sustainability and growth. We have particular expertise in creating a successful grants strategy, building relationships with funders, and developing compelling proposals.

Strategic Planning — Supporting nonprofits as they develop a structure and roadmap for growth and long-term strength and sustainability

We specialize in helping nonprofit boards and staff create the right governance structure and charter, define short- and long-term goals, and translate these priorities into sustainable, scalable, and fundable plans. In addition to long-term strategic planning, we work with boards and senior teams to assure their annual plans are well-paced to meet goals and respond to external demands.

Collaborations & Mergers – Helping nonprofits explore and implement strategic partnerships

With a view toward increased efficiency, strength, and impact, we introduce nonprofits to potential partners and assist in assessing opportunities for collaboration and merger. We support the integration of organizations, helping them to navigate complex issues that often arise during mergers, including developing a new organizational structure, combining boards of directors, navigating the regulatory environment, and maintaining relationships with donors.

Positioning & Profile-Raising — Creating innovative opportunities to showcase client strengths

We support the development of client relationships across multiple sectors that will help our clients expand their influence. We help clients convene and engage stakeholders and other thought leaders and create platforms that positively position their leaders and their organizations.


Government Affairs — Building client government relations programs at local, state, and federal levels

Working as a strategic partner, we develop individualized advocacy plans designed to make sure that our clients’ voices are fully and persuasively engaged in the often complex debates on legislative and regulatory policy proposals, funding challenges, and enterprise risks. We help clients develop strong, productive relationships with the elected officials, staff members, and thought leaders who will have the greatest influence on their interests and public policy goals. To assure that clients are well-represented and have ready access to policy makers, Conlon & Dunn maintains an office across the street from the State Capitol and a full-time presence in Springfield when the General Assembly is in session.

Political Environment Monitoring & Response — Vigilant scanning and management of the political environment to support client initiatives

We ensure that our clients have timely knowledge of policy proposals and trends that could affect their organizations and their public policy goals.  We work with clients to develop proactive as well as responsive strategies to promote the best possible outcomes.

Issue Advocacy Campaigns — Elevating civic knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of key issues of importance to distinct constituencies

By bringing a campaign-style approach to advocacy, we help clients focus on a goal, mobilize support through multiple modalities, and bring their initiatives to a positive close.


Business Development — Providing guidance to help clients achieve financial and organizational goals

Conlon & Dunn works with clients who operate in multiple policy areas and business sectors to assess the landscape and develop winning strategies. We support the development of relationships with potential customers, business partners, stakeholders, and thought leaders from diverse sectors to help clients expand their influence. We ensure leaders stay politically informed and “see around corners” as they assess the policy, regulatory, funding, and philanthropic environments surrounding their work. We support clients in assessing market opportunity and making connections in new markets to potential customers and sources of investment.

Public Sector Procurement — Guiding organizations to achieve a winning procurement strategy

We facilitate all aspects of the procurement process — building advantageous relationships, framing responses to RFPs, engaging the right partners, obtaining minority and women-owned business certifications and partners, and negotiating regulatory barriers.