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Our Team

Poney Carpenter

Senior Consultant, Partner
Office: (607) 379-1120
Cell: (607) 279-2372

Skype: redponey


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Poney Carpenter is a technology consultant with over 25 years experience working in enterprise, nonprofit, higher ed, and small business environments. He has experience with enterprise software, systems integration, software development, business intelligence, business analysis, project management, and quality assurance.

Poney is an active member the Council on Foundations (COF), Peak Grantmaking (previously Grants Managers Network), the Technology Affinity Group (TAG), and the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers (NNCG). He has presented sessions at the Technology Affinity Group, PEAK Grantmaking, Council on Foundations, and MicroEdge/Blackbaud conferences. His clients include several Top-10 foundations, and he has been an advisor to the Foundation Center. He also leads the Technology Affinity Group’s Simplify Initiative to promote adoption of tools which support better data sharing across the sector.

Poney’s main focus is on the strategic use of technology to support grantmaking. This includes understanding the landscape of tools involved with grants management, impact/MEL, and program work.

Jeannine Corey

Senior Consultant, Partner

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Jeannine Corey has been serving the nonprofit sector as a leader and thought partner since 2001 and began providing consulting services to foundations and nonprofits in 2016. Jeannine focuses on business architecture and process projects, providing support in the following areas: process assessment and re-engineering; technology requirements definition and vendor selection; data governance and taxonomy; project management for implementations; staff training; and, post-launch support as needed.

Jeannine has served as the Project Manager for Fluxx, GivingData, SmartSimple, and Salesforce grants management system implementations and has supported clients through the change management, training, and system documentation processes. Jeannine has also guided organizations through the process of reviewing, updating, and documenting their grantmaking policies and practices, including business continuity efforts.

Prior to consulting Jeannine served as the Director of Grants Information Management for the Foundation Center, now Candid, for 5 years. During her tenure, she was responsible for providing the leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the Center’s grants collection and outreach efforts. Jeannine served as the Center’s team leader for Electronic Reporting initiatives and oversaw the creation and implementation of the new Philanthropy Classification System as well as the Center’s new Enterprise Database Management System. In that role, she was also responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with the major grants management vendors serving the sector; relationships that are still in place and aid her when assisting clients with their vendor selection efforts. In addition to managing the Grants Processing team, she was also involved in product development and played a key role in promoting the Center’s data and tools as resources for grants application and management software platforms. While at the Center, Jeannine served as the co-lead of the Center’s 3-year project to design and implement a new enterprise data management system.

Before joining Foundation Center, Jeannine served as the Director of Operations for grant-making public charity for approximately 10 years. In that role, she also oversaw the organization’s transition from a number of locally installed applications to a fully integrated donor, grants, and financial management system which was followed by the roll-out of a web-based donor advised fund portal for account holders.

Mary Kadzielski


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Mary Kadzielski has a decade of experience serving the nonprofit sector. Her consulting work has focused on assisting nonprofits with strategy, operations, research, coalition building, and communications. Prior to switching to a consulting role, she served as COO of a small non-profit for three years. Mary has assisted several nonprofits with adopting and migrating to new technologies including donor, email, event and contact management systems.

Mary’s research experience includes work with XPRIZE, the History Channel series Modern Marvels, and a Discovery Channel series on energy and climate issues and solutions.

Mary has her Master’s in Wild Writing from the University of Essex. Her dissertation focused on climate change as a human and human rights issue, specifically as it relates to the people of the Republic of Maldives. She has a BA from the University of California, Irvine.

Keith Oberlin


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Keith Oberlin is a technology strategist with over 20 years experience bending technology to improve how we work, redefine the digital workplace, and better of lives of others.

Keith recently closed out 5 years at the Ford Foundation, where he worked to leverage 80 years of grant making data and documents to open up new insights in the fight against global inequality. While there, he worked to redefined what knowledge and information management could do for the philanthropic sector, grant strategy development and how digital workplaces can be transformed to better support social justice work.

With a human-centric approach towards technology and an extensive business transformation consulting background, Keith has built data governance strategies, technology solutions, and knowledge management strategies across sectors that include philanthropy, finance, government, higher-ed, pharma, legal, and tech.

Danette Peters


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Danette is an consultant with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors guiding organizations aimed at achieving impact. She helps organizations create and implement a clear vision and action plan for success, while empowering them to use their resources more efficiently to measurably improve impact. She also provides planning and change management guidance to help organizations envision the future, creating a "road map" for success and implement actionable plans to realize goals.

With almost 20 years of experience, Danette has acquired and in-depth understanding of organizational and inter-personal change through her work at various institutions, including The Rensselaerville Institute and the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, in additional to supporting many organization as a consultant. She has worked with local, regional, and statewide organizations; including private and family foundations, corporate giving (CSR), grantmaking non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, collaborative networks, and community and economic development entities.

Danette has worked with all aspects of grants management, including alleviating the pressures of inefficient, time-consuming routine tasks, freeing up staff to perform more valuable functions that contribute to your organizations overall impact, and re-engineering and systems optimization. She has helped lead organizations through all levels process optimizations including database and system management optimization; technology assessment and planning; system implementation and/or development; outcomes development and tracking.