We’ve had the opportunity to support organizations that focus on

  • Serving youth in developing self-esteem and character
  • Providing education and opportunities for talented area singers and the community
  • Inspiring, educating and enriching lives through classical ballet
  • Empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life
  • Promoting access to justice
  • Drug and alcohol recovery
  • Empowering partners in driving business goals and generating mutual business success
  • Community outreach, social justice, and economic equity
  • Building girls of courage, confidence, and character
  • Breast cancer education and treatment
  • Enhancing the quality of life of those served and their families
  • Career training for high school students and adults
  • Financial well-being
  • Meeting human needs
  • Scientific, artistic, cultural, and educational activities


When our Foundation’s only Executive Director of the past 16 years retired, we were referred to Ivy to both lead us through the process of finding a replacement and serve as interim Executive Director to keep foundation happenings afloat. Engaging Ivy was the best thing we could have done. She evaluated over 90 applications, organized them by our expected level of interest, scheduled interviews and was highly organized throughout the process. She brought her knowledge of, and her experience in the not-for-profit world to the table and enabled us to hire the absolute best candidate. While conducting the search, Ivy also took our “tribal knowledge,” none of which was documented, and developed a “Director’s Manual” which organized operating procedures and contact lists for all the foundation matters. Ivy and Helix Strategies directly made our foundation even stronger than we were before the engagement. We would highly recommend her to anyone.

King Knox and Darryl Gordon

Chairman Emeritus and President, Lancaster County Career & Technology Foundation

I knew from my first meeting with Ivy that she was the right candidate for the position of Director of Development, Marketing and Communications for the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg (JFGH). I had the pleasure of working with Ivy for 2 years as her supervisor and during that time I found her to be smart, hard-working, resourceful, insightful, enthusiastic, creative, and having a zest for knowledge. Ivy is the consummate professional and I regularly heard from lay leaders and volunteers how much they enjoyed working with her! Ivy was responsible for helping to plan, launch and manage many new initiatives at the JFGH which she did expertly. I felt very fortunate to be able to work with and get to know her and that is why I have great confidence that Ivy will bring her knowledge, skills, talents and passion for the non-profit community to any organization that engages her services.

Margie Adelmann

Retired CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg

As a member and former President of the Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center, I worked with Ivy on several projects supporting both business operations and donor-development. Without trying to sound too informal, let me just say—Ivy kicks butt! She is highly professional, energetic, and creative. Ivy is a natural at building and maintaining strong relationships and leading vital initiatives to successful outcomes. I highly recommend her for her professional capabilities and truly stake my reputation on that. She is the type of person that leaders seek out to lead and support their most important projects.


John Fitzpatrick

Managing Director, Avalon Foster Group

Over the last several years it has been a pleasure to collaborate with Ivy! Especially fruitful was our facilitation of the 2014 “community conversation on homelessness” for the Harrisburg area.  Together, we researched the Appreciative Inquiry model and helped organize the core team’s roles. Working with Ivy on agendas, and follow-up results and team actions was a pleasure. It was splendid having such a resourceful and responsible partner in this important work. Ivy is a knowledgeable organizational development resource who understands the work of community-benefit agencies. She is academically credentialed and has labored in the real-world of non-profit services and management. I highly recommend her services.

Skip Brown, M.A.

Owner, Principal Consultant, ConnectSynergy