Board Development

Project Management

Leadership Coaching

Corporate Giving Programs 

Strategic Communications

Expertise and Services


Heidi Holtz has worked in the nonprofit and philanthropy fields for 38 years and therefore has an expansive network. Her knowledge spans an array of subjects, with specific expertise in organizational and board advancement, outreach and engagement, leadership training and making strategic connections. She has been both a grantseeker and a grantmaker so will provide guidance to both not-for-profits and businesses on how to maximize impact. Heidi is a trained facilitator who utilizes a variety of styles, including Design Thinking, Appreciative Inquiry, Creative Problem Solving and Dialogue Circles. 

Between 2005 and 2018, Heidi Holtz was part of the senior staff at the Rosamond Gifford Foundation, overseeing grantmaking and later research and special projects.  During her tenure she developed several notable initiatives surrounding capacity building, audience/community engagement, a popular leadership award and a nonprofit storytelling program. Several of these initiatives were multi-funder collaborations of a million dollars or more. Prior to Gifford she worked for 25 years in the nonprofit world, primarily in arts management.  

At Syracuse University, Heidi taught fund development for the Maxwell School and co-designed/taught a board training class for the School of Arts and Sciences. She is a regular guest lecturer at area colleges. Heidi has presented virtually and in person at local, regional and national conferences on such topics as fund development, capacity building, collaborative grantmaking and community engagement. 


While a broad-based selection of services are available to move you and your organization forward, we focus on three primary areas:

  • Not-for-profit capacity, especially board development, community engagement and strategic storytelling; 
  • Supporting for-profit businesses in defining, refining and/or assessing giving policies and procedures (sponsorships, grants, in kind and volunteers);
  • Professional coaching, with special emphasis on emerging leaders within staff and board. 

Our methods include:

Facilitation of meetings, retreats and After Action Reviews.

Project management and coordination. 

Trainings and workshops, including simulations and case studies.

Board and executive director evaluations and assessments.

A "Wisdom Network" of skilled local leaders & professionals for short-term coaching sessions.

Why Stillwork Consulting?

We believe 

  • in finding innovative solutions by tapping into existing creativity and knowledge, 
  • that the people most affected by a circumstance should help determine solutions to their own problems,
  • that wisdom might be found in the most unexpected places and that our job is to illuminate, and help articulate, that knowledge, 
  • that nothing is done alone, and finding the connections between people, organizations and places is vital to the success of a community. 

Stillwork Consulting Group has the expertise of a seasoned professional partnering with a band of specialized experts. Our network is robust and helping people connect is key to our practice. We work alongside your staff, board or constituents to not only find solutions, but also build capacity.

"If you're looking for a skilled facilitator and a dynamic non-profit professional with years of experience in fund development, board governance, and capacity building, I can't recommend Heidi highly enough."                                                 Emily Hoerner, National Wildlife Federation

"With her expert listening skills and sharp analytic mind, Heidi has an uncanny ability to quickly pinpoint what or how to improve my communication and marketing strategy for my small business."                                          Joan Sullivan, Renewable Energy Photographer

"I ... had the opportunity to observe Heidi as she deftly facilitated a board retreat that was focused on creating a foundation from which to launch a strategic planning process ... Heidi created an environment that provided the comfort and support necessary for all participants to engage and participate fully while infusing the process with the creative energy required to produce great work and effective results."

                                Beth Leibrick, Organizational Development and Leadership Consultant

Contact Us

Stillwork Consulting Group

(315) 559-2636