•   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 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.

Current and former clients of The Solstice Group include:

Bates College (Lewiston, ME)

Feasibility study and campaign counsel

Binghamton University (Binghamton, NY)

Internal assessments, feasibility studies and campaign counsel for two consecutive campaigns

Boston Museum Project (Boston, MA)

Feasibility study and campaign counsel

Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research (Ithaca, NY)

Development counsel

Cayuga Medical Center (Ithaca, NY)

Campaign counsel

Cedar Crest College (Allentown, PA)

Internal assessment

Cinemapolis (Ithaca, NY)

Fundraising planning and volunteer training

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)

Division of Alumni Affairs and Development:  facilitation of senior staff retreat on campaign planning

Corporation for Public Broadcasting (WXXI, Rochester, NY; WCNY, Syracuse, NY)

Development counsel

Discovery Trail (Ithaca, NY)

Funding feasibility study for expansion plan

Finger Lakes Land Trust (Ithaca, NY)

Feasibility study, board visioning retreat, campaign counsel

Franziska Racker Centers (Ithaca, NY)

Feasibility studies and campaign counsel for two consecutive campaigns

Friends of Stewart Park (Ithaca, NY)

        Feasibility study (with Wharton Studio Museum)

The Lillius Gilchrest Grace Institute (Tenants Harbor, ME)

Counsel to determine long-term sustainability of Grace Youth Center

Gulf of Maine Research Institution (Portland, ME)

Campaign counsel and board development counsel

Hospicare & Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County (Ithaca, NY)

Feasibility study

Howland Stone Store Museum (Sherwood, NY)

Fundraising counsel

Human Rights First (New York, NY)

Development assessment and on-going counsel

Integrated Pest Management Northeast Center (Ithaca, NY)

Board strategic planning retreat

Keuka College (Keuka Park, NY)

Feasibility study

Medaille College (Buffalo, NY)

Campaign readiness assessment and on-going counsel, board retreat

Museum of Science and Technology Foundation (Syracuse, NY)

Campaign counsel

Nazareth College (Rochester, NY)

Internal assessment, feasibility and campaign counsel,

360 evaluations for college leadership

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (Newark, NJ)

Development counsel

Paleontological Research Institution and the Museum of the Earth (Ithaca, NY)

Feasibility study, campaign counsel, board development, and on-going counsel

Philadelphia Orchestra Association (Philadelphia, PA)

Feasibility study and campaign counsel

Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Feasibility study and campaign counsel

Rochester Area Community Foundation (Rochester, NY)

Feasibility study

Rochester Museum & Science Center

      Feasibility study

Rockwell Museum of Western Art (Corning, NY)

Board and fund development counsel

Saltonstall Arts Colony (Ithaca, NY)

Board strategic planning retreat

Seward House Museum (Auburn, NY)

Board planning retreat

Skaneateles Festival (Skaneateles, NY)

Readiness study and on-going counsel

Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, (Syracuse, NY)

Feasibility study

Tompkins County Public Library (Ithaca, NY)

Feasibility study and campaign counsel

United Methodists Homes, Inc. (Binghamton, NY)

Board retreat

Ursinus College, (Collegeville, PA)

Development counsel

Wells College (Aurora, NY)

Feasibility studies, internal assessments and campaign counsel for two consecutive campaigns

Wharton Studio Museum

      Feasibility study (with Friends of Stewart Park)

WMHT Educational Telecommunications, Inc. (Albany, NY)

Campaign readiness assessment and on-going counsel

WXXI Public Broadcasting Council (Rochester, NY)

Campaign readiness assessment and campaign counsel


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