Estee Pierce

prospect research + development strategy

Partnering with nonprofit organizations to help expand fundraising horizons.
Facilitating data driven solutions for annual giving, board diversity, campaign prep, and prospect management.
Providing practical capacity building through prospect research and wealth screening consultation.

Estee Pierce is an independent researcher and consultant focused on arts, education, environment, and social change nonprofit organizations. She previously led prospect research and development operations at New York University and Friends of the High Line, and began her career as a research analyst in the development department of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Before entering the field of nonprofit prospect development, Estee was a financial reporter/editor for Dow Jones. She holds a BA in English and art history from Vassar College and an MS in fundraising from NYU’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising. Estee is past president of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement of Greater New York. She is an active member of AFP, Apra, and Women in Development.


Pipeline development:
I take great pleasure in working with fundraisers and nonprofit leadership teams to translate prospect research into practical and actionable fundraising strategies. I've been delivering nuanced prospect research for more than a decade - leading to new and increased philanthropic gifts.  From post-screening verification, to prospect lists for board review, to deep-dive dossiers on individuals, foundations, and corporations—I help you:
  • Learn more about your constituents’ philanthropic priorities
  • Identify and connect with your best prospective donors
  • Successfully prepare for crucial fundraising meetings
  • Develop effective capital campaigns and long-term fundraising efforts
Research training:
My prospect research training sessions are designed to provide strategies, develop practical and actionable toolkits, and establish policies and practices to achieve fundraising goals. Through hands-on, collaborative engagements, I work to meet the needs of each client, designing efficient prospect management systems specific to your organization, programming, and donors.


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Reach out today to chat about new projects.
646-295-3477  |  esteepierce@gmail.com