nonprofit leader

Carrie Collins-Fadell

My greatest joy is serving as the chief nonprofit storyteller for my organization. I employ a collaborative, teamwork-based leadership style while working with a broad network of community partners from human service organizations, businesses, schools, law enforcement, and local government for fundraising and community impact efforts. I see challenges as an opportunity for innovation.

My passion is well-run nonprofits that serve their clients with efficient programs and services.

I am a nonprofit professional residing in Phoenix. My passion is well-run nonprofits that serve their clients with efficient programs and services.

Michigan born and raised, I ran a United Way in Upstate New York before I landed in Arizona and became enchanted with the desert. Some of my favorite things that bring me joy are my three rescue chihuahuas, cacti, champagne, and oxford commas – in that order.


The Center for Trauma

Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies and Management


Certified Fundraising Executive

Preparing to sit for CFRE exam for professional credentials in fundraising


University of the Pacific

Certificate of Shelter Management & Animal Health, Maddies Fund Scholar


Western Michigan University

Master of Public Administration

Central Michigan University

Bachelor of Science



Healthcare Hero Award Finalist, Phoenix Business Journal

Athena Women in Leadership Nominee, Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

2016, 2017 & 2019

Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Impactful Nonprofit Nominee


United Way Executive Leadership Development Program Graduate

40 Under Forty, Central New York


National Mature Media Awards, Bronze Award

work experience


It has long been clear to me that how you give of your time, talent, and treasure creates small ripples that build your personal legacy. More important than the size of the gift is how strategically it is deployed and celebrated. As a contributor to Nonprofit Quarterly on the philanthropic legacies of business moguls and celebrities, this topic continues to intrigue me.


A nonprofit leader with twenty years of experience in government and the nonprofit sector, I have worked with nonprofits of varying sizes from 4-million-dollar plus budgets to lean and scrappy nonprofits. I strive to create an environment where everyone is in a continuous loop of learning and inspiration. I have co-built and strategically deployed a high-level advisory council and make it a personal mission to support good board governance practices. 

I have also served on national boards for charities impacting healthcare accessibility and veterans’ issues.


Based in Phoenix, I am always looking to inspire and educate on a variety of nonprofit management and neuro topics! References are available. My recent talks, trainings, and webinars for conferences, nonprofits, and community trainings include:

  • Brain Basics of Compassion Fatigue Prevention for Nonprofit Employees & Volunteers
  • How Brain Injury Presents on the Street: Lessons for First Responders 
  • Support Group Best Practices for Nonprofits
  • Supercharge Your Community Presence with an Advisory Council: The Do This & Please Don’ts of Working with Tandem Boards
  • The Neuroscience of Moral Injury & Compassion Fatigue


I welcome discussions about freelance opportunities to ghost write, collaborate on research, write or contribute to articles on nonprofit management, or create brand awareness campaigns around nonprofit donations and major gifts. 

Some of my recently published works include:

Founder Syndrome Results in Board’s Mass Resignation—When Is a Nonprofit not a Nonprofit?

The Ripple Effect of Faux Social Enterprise

Understanding Donor Restrictions: A Nonprofit Must

What Big (and Not-So-Big) Donors Can Learn from Philanthropy, Bloomberg-Style

When Your Nonprofit’s Name Is Used in Fundraising Without Your Permission


In 2012 I spent a year volunteering for 35 different nonprofits across America. From scrappy startups to well-established multi-million-dollar nationally known brands, I learned how they engage and keep donors and volunteers, how they accomplish their mission, and how they interact with clients. It was an unbeatable experience.  COMING SOON — see the 35 Projects!

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