Ellen Cokinos Consulting for Nonprofits

To Serve, Strengthen and Sustain

Case Studies

The Monarch Institute for Neurological Differences and The Monarch School

Phase I and II Capital Campaigns for a New Campus

The Monarch Institute embraces individuals with neurological differences, so that they can seize opportunities to positively impact their families, our communities and the world. The Institute’s efforts focus on helping those with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, Tourette syndrome, anxiety disorders, traumatic brain injury and seizure disorders.

Continually energized and inspired by this vital mission, Monarch’s visionary leaders and tireless volunteers, Ellen Cokinos Consulting began a seven-year relationship with Monarch. As a result of this longstanding alliance, $17 million in funds were raised, a new campus was born, and more children than ever before were empowered by the mission of Monarch. Read more »

River Oaks Baptist School “for children forever” Endowment Campaign

Honoring Dr. Nancy Heath Hightower

Since 1955, River Oaks Baptist School (R.O.B.S.) has been giving Houston’s students from age two through eighth grade a firm foundation for life – academically, morally, spiritually, physically and socially.

In December of 2010, Ellen Cokinos Consulting was privileged to be selected by the leadership of R.O.B.S. to conduct an assessment of their community for a potential fundraising campaign. Subsequently, R.O.B.S. leadership called upon Ellen Cokinos Consulting as fundraising counsel for the “for children forever” Endowment Campaign Honoring Dr. Nancy Heath Hightower.

Within one year, a $15 million benchmark was met and the campaign extended to a goal of $20 million. At the close of 18 months, nearly $21 million was raised and a permanent endowment structure was established for R.O.B.S. Read more »

Wesley Community Center

Located on Houston’s near-north side, inside Loop 610, Wesley Community Center serves our community through a variety of initiatives, including an early education program, youth and senior services, food programs and more. Wesley Community Center has remained a long-time client of Ellen Cokinos Consulting, which assists the organization with board building, fundraising efforts and a variety of as-needed consultative services. Read more »

Reasoning Mind

“Solving for Every Variable” is the tagline of Reasoning Mind, an organization that holds firm to the belief that every child deserves a first-rate math education. In 2013, Reasoning Mind called upon Ellen Cokinos Consulting to aid in overseeing and structuring a special event benefiting the organization, held at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. As a result of this effort, the event’s initial fundraising goal of $250,000 was far surpassed, to the tune of $1.56 million. Read more »

“I like to call Ellen Cokinos a 'fundraising phenom', but she has meant so much more to Wesley and to me – as a trusted advisor, empathetic executive coach, practical board trainer, and insightful strategic planner.”

Diana Garbis,
Executive Director, Wesley Community Center, Houston, Texas.