Attract more MONEY.

Elevate your IMPACT.

(Stop the churn.)

Are you really being strategic about your Economic Development organization or Nonprofit’s fundraising? Money and leaders are both drawn to IMPACT. But just hitting the numbers isn’t enough. The McCarthy/Blansett Group’s consulting, coaching, and fundraising expertise can help you stop worrying about money and start attracting it. Based in Golden, CO (minutes west of Denver), we are a national business consulting firm that delivers effective, custom solutions to economic developers, chambers of commerce and other nonprofits across the U.S. Our principals have raised some $400 million dollars; we are certified economic developers and certified mediators. And now, we also offer expert business coaching and mentoring for CEOs, volunteers and development staff, working alongside you to build your team’s critical fundraising skills while we help you raise money — and for less than the cost of a traditional campaign.
Want to grow your impact and clout, and attract money to your cause? Book a confidential strategy call with Mike, Susan and Colleen right now.
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Assessment and Organizational Growth

Our powerful feasibility/positioning studies have been labeled the best in the business and involve every member of our team. read more...


We are experts at direct solicitation. We will make the calls for you, with you and/or your volunteers, and along the way we’ll coach you in the fine art of making the right ask and getting the commitment. read more...

Coaching and Training

At The McCarthy/Blansett Group, we have always coached our clients as we conducted their campaigns, to enhance their skills at fundraising and investor/donor retention. read more...


Whether your organization is large or small, serving a metropolitan, mid-market or rural constituency, we bring the complementary skill sets of our entire team to bear on every project we undertake. We become YOUR best champions. Ask our clients and they’ll tell you – we teach them how to think, talk and act differently about the work they do, and that has impacts that go far beyond fundraising. In fact, we are proud of the fact that several of our clients, after only one campaign with us, have been able to conduct their own successful campaign the next time around. Others prefer to bring us back again and again.

Mike McCarthy


In his 30-year fundraising career, Mike has raised over $400 million in 115+ capital campaigns he and his team have headed. He is nationally and internationally recognized as a top economic and community development strategist, a passionate orator and fundraiser. Mike has worked in every facet of economic development from military base reuse to revitalization of downtowns, and attraction of new industries. He has led successful international trade missions throughout Asia and Europe.


Susan Blansett

Susan is passionate about helping people and organizations stretch and exceed their own expectations. Clients rely on her judgment and praise her professionalism and problem-solving ability. Her experience in economic and community development at state, regional and local levels has proven a strong asset over 15 years in consulting. Susan coaches in strategy, messaging, fund-raising and investor/client relations. She is a superb campaign manager, making more than 3,000 direct solicitations and helping to raise more than $200 million for our clients.

Colleen Nelson

Colleen has 25 years of expertise in sales and marketing, with a focus on relationship building, as she helps create an atmosphere of synergistic business growth with her clients. She has a strong track record nationally and internationally building and managing multi-million dollar accounts and establishing long and lasting customer relations. As the owner and operator of three businesses, she is a proven multi-tasker with new business development, account expansion, and day-to-day operations.

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