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Rich Frazier, CFRE

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Rich Frazier is the founder and president of VisionConnect Nonprofit Consulting based in Chandler, Arizona.  He is a Certified Fundraising Executive, a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer, a Faculty Associate with ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation and a consultant with the Vitalyst Health Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona. He has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 27 years.

After a brief broadcasting career, Rich made the move to the non-profit sector because he was inspired by the direct impact those organizations make on their communities.

Rich has been fortunate to serve as a fundraiser and senior executive in some of the most influential organizations in the arts, higher education and healthcare including the Walton Arts Center, Arizona State University (College of Engineering and Applied Sciences) and Catholic Healthcare West (now Dignity Health). This experience has provided him extensive understanding and knowledge in fund development, strategic planning and board governance.

As a consultant, Rich has worked with dozens of organizations across the country providing services in fundraising training, consulting and auditing; providing governance training and recruitment strategies to build better, stronger boards; strategic planning; feasibility studies, and; campaign management.   

Rich has a passion for using his motivating style to help groups achieve transformative change: providing counsel and training to staff and board members to help them work effectively and embrace their unique roles in implementing their organizational mission. As a presenter and trainer, Rich brings his unique style and humor to inspire, enlighten and engage individuals and groups in training sessions, meetings, retreats and speaking activities.

Rich received his bachelor’s degree in Radio and Television Communication from Arkansas State University where he met his wife, Carol. They have been married for 29 years and are raising three talented children. Dedicated to the belief in community, Rich has been active in civic organizations for more than two decades. Rich is the immediate past chair of the Chandler Cultural Foundation board of directors, and is on the board of directors for Leading Edge Academy Maricopa.        

Our Resources: The VisionConnect team is actually a network of extraordinarily talented people who are selectively chosen to meet client needs. We believe it is the collaborative spirit that sets the nonprofit sector apart and we seek to model that spirit in the way we work. All of the independent contractors VisionConnect work with bring decades of experience and passion for helping nonprofits connect to their vision.

 
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Clients


I’m sure you know the Starfish Story adapted from “The Star Thrower” by Loren Eiseley. In the abbreviated version, a man is walking down the beach at sunrise when he sees a young girl picking up starfish that had washed onto the shore and throwing them back into the ocean. When the man asked why she was doing this, the girl replied,  “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."  The man said, “You can’t possibly make a difference! There are miles and miles of beach!”  At this, the young girl bent down and picked up another starfish. As she threw it into the water she replied, “It made a difference to that one.” 

We’re not calling our clients intertidal echinoderms. But we do try to make a difference to each one...

Clients


I’m sure you know the Starfish Story adapted from “The Star Thrower” by Loren Eiseley. In the abbreviated version, a man is walking down the beach at sunrise when he sees a young girl picking up starfish that had washed onto the shore and throwing them back into the ocean. When the man asked why she was doing this, the girl replied,  “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."  The man said, “You can’t possibly make a difference! There are miles and miles of beach!”  At this, the young girl bent down and picked up another starfish. As she threw it into the water she replied, “It made a difference to that one.” 

We’re not calling our clients intertidal echinoderms. But we do try to make a difference to each one...

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