About Us

Fund Raising Strategies is a family of individuals who love their country, care about each other, and are enthusiastic about the organizations they serve.

Whether working to preserve American history, teach the next generation about American heroes, rescue innocent, abused animals, or give back to veterans in need, our clients are dedicated to making America a better place. We share their passion.

Though we don’t work at museums, muck the stalls, or build homes for injured veterans, our expertise in raising funds is a rewarding way to partner with and help these dedicated charities accomplish their missions.  

Perhaps we can help you turn your dreams into reality like we have for so many others.

Integrity: Our Most Prized Possession

More than anything else, Fund Raising Strategies is known for its integrity. Not just the kind of integrity that does what's right when it's good for business, but the kind of integrity that does what's right when nobody is looking.

When problems happen, you'll hear about them first from us. We won't sugarcoat them, and we won't gloss over them. And we'll not only tell you the truth, we'll suggest a solution. But you'll have the final word when it comes to solving the problem to your complete satisfaction.

Nothing beats integrity when it comes to building trust in a relationship. And without mutual trust, excellence is impossible. Worse yet, passion without integrity is a recipe for disaster.

The FRS Way

  1. Priorities. We keep ours straight . . . God, family, country, business.
  2. In business, clients come first. Their success is our success.
  3. Quality through commitment. There is no other way.
  4. Innovation without risk doesn't exist. Go for it!
  5. There is no substitute for integrity.
  6. Mutual trust. We can't do our best without it.
  7. Everyone a leader. Everyone a team player. It's the key to excellence.
  8. Courtesy is a must.
  9. Pride. We're proud of what we do. We're proud of each other.
  10. Fun. We enjoy work. We enjoy life.

Board of Directors

Fund Raising Strategies is blessed to have an outstanding Board of Directors who provide guidance and direction to the management team. In addition to the outside directors shown below, Bruce Eberle serves as Chairman of the Board, Tammy Cali serves as President, Bill Griffiths serves as Vice President, and Brian Anderson serves as Secretary of the corporation.

Carl T. Berquist

Carl recently retired from Marriott International where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Marriott, Carl was a managing partner of the mid-Atlantic region at Arthur Andersen LLP, and had global responsibilities for its real estate and hospitality practices.

Carl serves on the board of Beacon Roofing Supply Company and of the Hertz Corporation.  He is a board member and past treasurer of the National Capital Boy Scouts of America and is Chairman of Youth for Tomorrow Foundation. Carl also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Business School and School of Hospitality Management at Penn State University.

Jon Bruss

Mr. Bruss is founder and CEO of Fortress Partners Capital Management, Ltd., a private investment fund manager that invests in privately-owned and publicly-traded community banks across the country.

With over 50 years of experience in commercial banking, finance, and investment banking, Mr. Bruss served as Chairman and remains a director of WELS Investment Funds, Inc. which manages over $180 million of assets for the congregations and affiliates of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.  Mr. Bruss also is a director of Ovation Holdings, Inc., Naples, Florida, the bank holding company for Encore Bank, NA. He also serves as a director of GulfShore Bancshares, Inc. in Tampa, Florida and is a director of Gulfshore Bank and Advantage Finance and Leasing in Brookfield, WI.

Katherine M. Eberle

Kathi currently serves as Corporate Treasurer of the Eberle Communications Group, a company she co-founded with her husband, Bruce. Kathi has worn a number of corporate "hats," initially serving as head of the finance department.

In addition to her corporate duties, Kathi is an active volunteer in church and related activities. For the last fifteen years she co-chaired the Live Auction held at the Country Fair held on behalf of the Youth For Tomorrow New Life Foundation, a home for at-risk boys and girls located in suburban Washington, DC.  Through innovation and hard work, Kathi has organized, orchestrated, and managed the Youth for Tomorrow live auction that raised more than $1.5 million of net income for the home founded by former Washington Redskins coach, Joe Gibbs. Kathi is a member of the Board of Advisors of Youth For Tomorrow and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Rebecca Hagelin

Rebecca Hagelin is the President and CEO of Rebecca Hagelin Communications and Marketing, LLC. Her company specializes in creating talk radio alliances and advertising campaigns that build membership, donations, activism, and grassroots support of non-profit organizations.

Hagelin served as the Vice President of Communications and Marketing for The Heritage Foundation from 2002-2008.  She is the architect of Heritage's national radio campaign featuring embedded ads on the Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh programs.  Hagelin has also served as vice president of communications for WorldNetDaily.com, a news site that specializes in the investigative reporting of government waste, fraud and abuse.  Rebecca is the author of the acclaimed book, Home Invasion: Protecting Your Family in a Culture That's Gone Stark Raving Mad, (Thomas Nelson).  She serves on the board of directors/advisors for Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk; Awakening; and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Council for National Policy.

Marty M. Irving

Marty Irving is founder and CEO of Irving Interests, a firm specializing in real estate development. In 1985 he founded The Irving Group and from 1975 through 1985, Mr. Irving served as a founding partner of Tycon Developers, one of the largest land development organizations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Marty's professional affiliations include: Partner, Board of Directors, Washington Capitals Hockey Club; Board of Directors, National Association of Industrial and Office Park Developers; President, Fairfax County Public Schools Education Foundation; Board of Directors, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and Board of Directors, United States Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

Community Involvement

Members of the Fund Raising Strategies family also play active roles in their community, participating in blood drives, church events, drum and bugle corps, marathons, charity walks, Little League, Boy & Girl Scouts, and many others. We're just as proud of our plaques recognizing our support of local community charities as we are of the awards Fund Raising Strategies has achieved for direct mail excellence. We believe strongly in practicing what we preach.

People runing marathon on city streets.

(Marketing Award for Excellence and Innovation). Since 1979, the Direct Mail Association of Washington has bestowed MAXI awards to honor direct mail packages that elicit hugely successful returns. Fund Raising Strategies has been recognized numerous times over the decades.

An award ceremony with worldwide scope and vision, The Direct Mail Association International’s Echo Awards honor direct mail fund raisers from around the globe. Over the years Fund Raising Strategies has won this prestigious prize on numerous occasions.

Award-winning Packages

Fund Raising Strategies has been recognized with annual awards from both the International Direct Marketing Association as well as from the Direct Marketing Association of Washington. In fact, our walls are covered with plaques and awards for excellence in direct mail fund raising.

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