Estee Pierce

prospect research + PHILANTHROPY strategy

Partnering with nonprofit organizations to help expand fundraising horizons.
Working with philanthropists for mission-aligned project guidance and grants management.
Practical capacity building through prospect research and wealth screening consultation.

Estee Pierce is an independent researcher and philanthropy consultant focused on arts, education, environment, and social change nonprofit organizations.

She has 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 for Dow Jones. She holds a BA in English and art history from Vassar College and an MS in fundraising and grantmaking 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.


Philanthropic GUIDANCE:
As a seasoned grants manager, I specialize in making philanthropic operations run smoothly, with a focus on private foundations. I am skilled in conducting issue-related research; recommending mission-aligned projects; grant vetting; due diligence; managing grants databases such as Fluxx; as well as liaising between grantees and board members.
Prospect Research:
With nearly two decades of experience in prospect development, I partner with nonprofits to translate data into effective fundraising strategies. From training in-house teams to providing comprehensive prospect dossiers, my focus is on understanding donor priorities, strategically connecting with potential donors, and helping prepare for crucial fundraising meetings.


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646-295-3477  |  esteepierce@gmail.com