Specializing in comprehensive development counsel to non-profit organizations and institutions, especially those looking to build more robust engagement from donors with significant philanthropic potential.


Approach to Consulting

Essential to each BDG Consulting engagement is my commitment to a partnership grounded in mutual respect, accountability, and discretion. Whether you are a chief development officer, head of an organization, or a member of governance—my primary objective is to help make you and your team more effective and confident in your fund raising efforts. 

Together, we create a roadmap to fit your organization’s short and longer-term goals.  We refine and focus your priorities with particular attention to strengthening engagement of those donors who have the potential to make the greatest difference to your organization. 

Drawing on extensive experience as a front-line senior development professional, I work with clients on forward-looking development strategies to meet current fund raising objectives, cultivate lasting donor relationships and build for the future. 

About Barbara

Over the course of my development career, I've served some of the Boston area’s leading institutions including: Wellesley College, Babson College, Phillips Academy/Andover and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  Through this experience, I had the opportunity to develop significant donor relationships in the U.S. and globally, establish successful major and principal giving programs, create unique high-level volunteer programs and advise institutional leadership. As principal of BDG Consulting, I leverage this experience to provide the critical thinking, objectivity and perspective needed to build successful, sustainable development programs.  

During my initial career in advertising and public relations, in Boston and New York, I learned how competitive businesses reach, influence and grow a loyal consumer base. This background in strategic communications and marketing has been indispensable, and is well-integrated into my approach to development. 

My educational background includes a B.A. in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College. In the community, I’m a perennial Pan-Mass Challenge rider, member of the grant-making organization The Philanthropy Connection, volunteer at The Women’s Lunch Place, and have served on non-profit boards in Boston and New York.

Services Offered

Each organization's development program has unique strengths, challenges and areas of opportunity.  At the outset, we assess what’s working well and create an action plan designed for your particular situation and the competitive landscape.
Together we determine a timeline, set goals, and outline the general scope of BDG Consulting services required to fit your needs.


Strategic, structured individual giving programs and campaign initiatives focused on existing donors and the identification of potential new sources of support


Organizational leadership, governance and volunteers 

Major & principal giving officers to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors


Targeted opportunities for high level volunteer engagement

Effective donor cultivation/stewardship events

Customized workshops/retreats for staff and board leadership




Program objectives and goal-setting

Giving officer needs and recruitment


Comprehensive development planning to meet both short and longer term objectives

Partnership. Experience. Integrity.

Current and Recent Clients

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/Metrowest

Bottom Line

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Cambridge Family & Children’s Service

Center for Women & Enterprise

CommonWealth Kitchen

Data & Society Research Institute


Foundation for MetroWest

Harvard Hillel

Highland Street Foundation

Neighborhood House Charter School

Social Innovation Forum

The Play Ball! Foundation


“In my 20+ years of professional experience, I’ve worked with many consultants. Only three have stood out for the impact they have made on our organization and Barbara is at the top of that list. She brings tremendous “industry” knowledge, valuable insight, and important perspective on trends in the development profession. Barbara shifted our way of thinking about fund raising and opened our eyes to a whole new approach to development and to working with our donors. Barbara’s warm and engaging manner puts clients at ease while building trust and confidence. I can’t recommend her highly enough and look forward to our next opportunity to work with her!”  

- Kate Scott, Executive Director, The Neighborhood House Charter School

“Working with Barbara is like having a personal trainer. She assesses your issues and your challenges, as well as your assets, and helps strategically craft a path forward that will work. She helped us cut through the clutter of the many things we “should do” and focus on what was achievable, all the while keeping our goals in sight. Six months into our fiscal year we have tangible results and a major gifts program that makes sense for our organization.”  

 - Susan Stendahl, Director of Advancement, Cambridge Family & Children’s Service

“Barbara is a wonderfully gifted, knowledgeable, and reliable consultant to work with on fund development matters. She is extremely insightful and can develop a genuine rapport with professionals she’s consulting. Her deep knowledge of philanthropy and how non-profit organizations operate allow her to provide meaningful insights and effective suggestions to ensure progress. Barbara brings a wealth of experience as well as a consistent appreciation for current trends in philanthropy to her work. Barbara’s positive demeanor, sense of humor, and open-mindedness make her very easy to spend 3+hours with each week. Highly recommended!” 

- Jeffrey Chin, Chief Executive Office, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/MetroWest


Feel free to contact BDG Consulting, at no obligation, to discuss your organization’s development needs and aspirations.

Barbara Gross

Tel: 781-296-7897

P.O. Box 81118
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481-6832