What We Do

The Solstice Group offers consulting and coaching services to non-profit (501c3) organizations in the areas of fundraising, campaigns, strategic planning, board development, and leadership coaching. Our services are customized to meet the unique requirements and evolving situation of each client, but always we seek to help clients understand organizational strengths and strategically build on those strengths to achieve enhanced results.



Consulting Services

Campaign Readiness
& Feasibility Studies

Has your organization just completed a strategic plan? Is your board pushing for a campaign? We work with you to assess your readiness to embark on a successful campaign. We conduct internal assessments and external feasibility studies that test the strength of your case for support, your organizational capacity and the alignment between donor interests and your aspirations.


Leadership Coaching

Our consultants will work one-on-one with Presidents, Vice Presidents, Executive Directors and Development Directors as they transition into new positions – or around specific aspects of their roles (fundraising, volunteer management, board management, management.)

Assessment & Planning

Are you experiencing a dramatic shift in your revenue streams?  Thinking your fundraising results should be growing? We would craft a complete analysis of your current activity and results and offer recommendations on how best to deploy resources for maximum result.




Strategic Planning

Are you at an organizational crossroads or transitioning between leaders? Is it time to reassess and/or reaffirm mission and direction? We can help you design and will provide oversight for a planning process that will be most appropriate for you.

Board Development
& Retreats

Have you recruited new members and need your board to gel? Do you need to launch a planning or visioning process? Does your board want to become higher functioning?

We will design a retreat to help you realize strategic objectives for board development. We are skilled in designing and facilitating interactive, experiential retreats.



Consulting Arrangements

We tailor our consulting to match each clients' unique situation.


▾ Possible Consulting Arrangements




Who We Serve

Located in Ithaca, NY, The Solstice Group serves all of New York State as well as the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, from Philadelphia to Maine.  Our clients are diverse in terms of size and mission, and include: institutions of higher education, symphony orchestras, theatres, public broadcasting stations, museums, research institutions, human rights entities among many others. Some clients are international in scope, some support local or specialized populations.


▾ Client List


  •   This workshop went way above and beyond any workshop I’ve attended in the past.

    It helped to put ideas into actions which was invaluable and rare.

    [Paula and Maya] were great at painting a clear picture

    of what strategy should look like. 


    Brittany Chambers, Assistant Director of Alumni and Family Relations, Keuka College

  •   In my role as campaign manager, having consistent access to Paula’s expertise and external

    perspective gave me confidence and direction, especially during challenging times and periods

    of transitions. I have always appreciated - and depended on - her clarity of thought. 


    Cara N. Meyers, Campaign Manager Institutional Advancement, Nazareth College

  •   Paula Peter's vast experience in all aspects of fundraising

    combined with her thoughtful and thorough approach make her one

    of the very best consultants I know. I deeply respect her work! 


    Andrea Kihlstedt, Nationally-known author, trainer, speaker, coach, Cofounder of Capital Campaign Magic

  •   Paula is able to look at a problem that you have wrestled with and offer fresh perspective.

    She brings integrity, passion and support that have been invaluable

    to WXXI and to me personally. 


    Kathy Reed, Assistant Vice President, Major and Planned Giving WXXI and The Little Theatre


      Paula has a remarkable capacity to understand both people and process.

    In her role as campaign counsel she provided ongoing direction and strategic perspective,

    from detailed operational and organizational issues, staff and leadership training, to insights

    into the management and cultivation of relationships with donors and volunteers. 


    Cara N. Meyers, Campaign Manager Institutional Advancement, Nazareth College

Who We Are

Our Mission

The Solstice Group strives to strengthen communities by fostering sustainability and facilitating positive change for non-profit organizations serving those communities.


Paula J. Peter, President

Paula Peter founded The Solstice Group in July 2002, to utilize decades of experience with a wide range of not-for-profit organizations. She has particular strengths in board development, campaign readiness and management, strategic planning, major gift fundraising and training. She designs and facilitates board retreats and 360 performance reviews for senior leaders and provides one-on-one coaching services.

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We Aspire To:

• respect, enjoy and grow from

  each relationship we create
• be authentic and honest in all

  our interactions
• make a difference in the lives

  of the individuals with whom

  we work
• use our skills and talents to

  bring added value to the

  organizations we serve
• experience daily joy in our

  work and find satisfaction

  in the impact of our efforts
• live from a sense of gratitude

  and compassion

▾ Collaborators