Career Testimonials

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"Martha is a good leader! She knows how to make people reach for the highest mountains!”  

--Dmitry Feld, Board President, Shipman Youth Center

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" went above and beyond our expectations in managing and presenting the feasibility study. It’s perfect....your presentation was top notch."

--A. Russell, Board Member, Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts

"Martha went above what was expected of her to help us submit a federal bid on a tight deadline. She was up past midnight on the phone with me to cross every "t" and dot every "i." Martha is truly a wonderful person and a skilled professional. Her writing is precise and illustrative and she is a delight to work with." -- Brittany Christenson, Executive Director,

“Martha Pritchard Spear is a seasoned nonprofit professional who has had a successful career in fundraising… Martha has a passionate commitment to leaving the world better than she found it.  I highly recommend her.” 

--Cali Brooks, CEO, Adirondack Foundation

“We will happily reach out again for your expertise and wise counsel.”  Christe Lampman, Founder and Executive Director, The Brigid Project

"The 2014 annual budget of $22,000 has grown to almost $36,000 in 2019… Most importantly, the organization has positioned itself to hire our first employee, since our organization’s reorganization. Martha was integral to the success of many of these projects and more. We highly recommend her." --- Margaret Gibbs and Linda Dolly, former & current Board Presidents, Essex County Arts Council (ECAC)

“We commend [Martha’s] work ensuring the clarity of the grants process materials, the efficiency by which the applications were processed, financial matters handled, promotional information images and documentation of the supported events made public, and required final reports solicited and recorded.” 

-- Charles Russell, Organizer, Essex County Arts & Crafts Festival

"We are a not for profit in the midst of a major campaign and needed someone to review our fundraising activities with a critical eye. Martha performed a thorough review of our efforts, including interviewing those leading the fundraising activities. Martha subsequently provided essential insights at a group retreat, during which she also had us role play as fund raisers, a very valuable experience. I can recommend Martha highly for those who need guidance in their fundraising."

--Claude Roland, M.D., President of the Board, Lake Placid Sinfonietta

“It was wonderful to work with Martha – she is so organized, efficient, and a pleasure to talk with. Her excellent work on our Case for Support and fundraising plan gave us solid footing for meeting our ambitious goal for fundraising growth in the coming year.” 

--Dr. Nina Schoch, Executive Director, Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation

"Martha's tenure brought a tremendous wave of professionalism to our development office.  She put important systems in place (i.e. Blackbaud's Raiser's Edge,) and continually pushed us to adopt "best practices" and industry standards in all areas of our advancement work."  --David "Hock" Hochschartner, former Executive Director, North Country School & Camp Treetops

"Martha's professional skills along with her humor, passion and empathy make her a stand-out." -- the late Dr. Richard Rockefeller, Philanthropist

"We'd be sunk without Martha." -- Julia Goren, Board President.  "There would be no school without Martha." -- Scott McKim, Board Treasurer, Northern Lights School

"Martha was professional and easy to work with from start to finish. She worked expediently to point out some pressure points in our organization and made helpful suggestions to remedy them.  She is clearly invested in making our local communities a better place to live, I recommend her services."

--Renee Darrah, Director, Fuller Center of the Adirondacks

"In 2015, Literacy Volunteers of Essex and Franklin Counties engaged Martha Spear to create a Case for Support and a detailed Fundraising Plan. As I review this work [in 2019], I am very impressed... The fundraising plan has a robust month to month schedule of activities and events (both fundraising and engagement) that I am currently implementing. As I stepped into my role as director of Literacy Volunteers of Essex and Franklin Counties, I found it very helpful to have these documents already in place."

--Linda Carela, Executive Director, Literacy Volunteers of Clinton, Essex & Franklin Counties

“Martha’s knowledge and experience with strategic planning were inspiring and challenged our group to actively work together…and truly think about what we wanted our vision and direction to be for the Arts Center.”  

--Joanna Pine, board chair, Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts

"...[Martha's] workshop was really well organized from the moment we sat down, and run in such a way that everyone attending felt at ease and free to receive the information, brainstorm and ultimately discuss the topics at hand. Martha is well organized, informative and her delivery is clear and concise. Each participant walks away with more knowledge than before and written material.  I subsequently started working one-on-one with Martha... We are tackling issues that a discerning outside consultant can see much more clearly than those of us involved in the day to day operation of our organization. I would recommend working with Martha--it’s a really worthwhile investment!"

--Alice Schonbek, Artistic Director, North Country Ballet Ensemble