Dr. Ivy R. Buchan

President and Founder

Dr. Buchan fell in love with volunteerism and board governance in high school as the president of a community service group. While working at a domestic violence shelter in college she decided to focus her career in the nonprofit sector. With 20+ years of experience, Ivy founded Helix Strategies, LLC in 2017. Helix works with nonprofits to develop strategic solutions to fundraising and leadership challenges. Her team specializes in fundraising/engagement strategies, board development, strategic planning, evaluation, membership-based organizations, and foundations.

Professional Certifications and Membership
Ivy is a Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant (legal and ethical standards for nonprofit management) through the Standards for Excellence Institute (national licensure) and the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations. She is also a Master Trainer through the Association of Fundraising Professionals, one of 260 in the world.

Helix is a member of Association of Fundraising Professionals, Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, Carlisle Chamber of Commerce, and the Susquehanna Valley Council of Charitable Gift Planners.

Ivy earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Administration and Leadership Studies in the Nonprofit Sector. Her research focused on multidisciplinary team collaboration and engagement, which comes in handy when working with boards. Ivy completed her Master’s Degree from Shippensburg University and a Bachelor’s Degree from York College of Pennsylvania. She also edited three nonprofit textbooks and serves as an adjunct professor at West Chester University in their Master of Public Administration program.

Community Involvement
Ivy co-founded two nonprofits and currently serves on several community boards including the Chair of the United Way Bridges Society, West Shore Young Professionals Advisory Board (Founder and President Emeritus), York College Alumni Board, Lancaster County Career & Technology Foundation Advisory Board, Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation, and Susquehanna Valley Council of Charitable Gift Planners.


  • 2021 Winner of Shippensburg University’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award
  • 2020 Winner of YWCA of Greater Harrisburg’s Tribute to Women of Excellence
  • 2018 Winner of the Central Penn Business Journal’s (CPBJ)’s Women of Influence Community Achievement Award
  • 2018 Winner of Leadership Harrisburg Area’s The Extra Mile Award
  • 2018 Finalist of the Conference for Women’s Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2018 Graduate of the Leadership Harrisburg Area
  • 2017 Winner of CPBJ’s Forty Under 40
  • 2017 Winner of City State PA’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars

During her free time, Ivy enjoys reading, making assemblage art, kayaking, exploring new cities, yoga, and spending time with her husband and daughter.


We’re hiring! Please check out this wonderful opportunity to join our team.

Development Manager

Job Description/Expectations
Helix Strategies is seeking a full-time Development Manager to enhance our growing company. Reporting directly to the President, the Development Manager will work with organizations to develop strategic solutions to fundraising and leadership challenges. A successful candidate will have a background in creating and implementing development strategies within the nonprofit organizational structure.

The successful candidate will be comfortable in a leadership role, have superb prioritization and time management skills, and maintain a creative, self-starter attitude.

   Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identify, develop, and manage a client portfolio independently
  • Provide support for all Helix clients
  • Create and implement development plans which may include
    • Donor/sponsor/corporate cultivation
    • Solicitation coaching
    • Research and grant writing
    • Event coordination
    • Status meeting facilitation
    • Database monitoring
    • Develop and execute fundraising campaigns/strategies/initiatives
    • Develop and manage volunteer/supporter stewardship plans
    • Strategic planning
    • Board development
  • Represent Helix at community events, as needed
  • Present community trainings, as needed
  • Present and organize business development opportunities
  • Manage Helix interns/volunteers
  • Manage Helix website updates, marketing materials, and public relations
  • Track accounting for designated clients

   Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Degree in Business Administration, Nonprofit Administration or relevant field is a plus
  • 5-7 years of experience in a senior or leadership role
  • Ability to work independently and manage competing priorities, strong time management skills
  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment in managing client relationships
  • Leadership focused with the ability to recognize and cultivate community engagement
  • Interpersonal, promotional, and public speaking skills, both practiced and impromptu

   Position Details

  • Full-time
  • Competitive compensation and benefits package
  • Flexible working arrangement (in-office, remote or hybrid options, flexible hours)
  • Training and professional development opportunities
  • Flexible PTO

To apply, please submit your resume to Kathi Lipinsky at klipinsky@mcneeslaw.com

Extended Staff

Helix Strategies, LLC is a subsidiary of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC as a part of the McNees Strategic Solutions Group. Our extended staff include administrative support, research, marketing, government relations, and legal experts.