We are delighted to welcome Cortney Busch as a Consulting Associate for PhilanthropyPoint.
Cortney is the founder and Managing Director of Mission Possible Nonprofits, based in the USA. She describes Mission Possible as “a holistic nonprofit consultancy group. From incorporation to dissolution and everything in between, we help nonprofits so that they can focus on the change they are creating. We provide assistance for opening and operating your nonprofit, operations, governance, communications, and fundraising”.
Cortney opened her business after serving as Executive Director of a grant-making foundation gifting over $11 million per year as well as consulting with over thirty American 501(c)(3) clients. She brings to her work a wealth of international experience in nonprofit management, operations, programmatic work, grant writing, and financial management.
After completing her B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Cortney obtained her law degree and LL.M. in London at City University Law School with a focus in criminal legal aid. During law school, she volunteered with an international human rights nonprofit.
Once matriculated, she joined the team representing Guantánamo Bay detainees and drone strike victims and their families in Pakistan, as well as creating operational systems, nonprofit governance, and assisting with communications. Cortney lived in Pakistan, working with two human rights nonprofits to help them create systems, implement best nonprofit practices, and assisting in programming. From there, she helped manage and run an anti-death penalty organization in Houston, Texas, then moved to New York City to open a sister 501(c)(3) to the UK organization she worked with in London.
An avid volunteer, Cortney serves as Board President for Prescription Joy — a medical clowning organization — and works regularly with Crescent City Cafe and New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter.
Cortney now works with nonprofits around the world, helping them manage their finances, their related cross-border entities, creating and implementing formal systems and infrastructure, and assisting with governance and human resources. She is particularly interested in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) and strives to incorporate DEIB in each nonprofit with which she works.
Recent clients and employers include Reprieve US , Friends of Royal Flying Doctor Service USA, Rural Investment to Protect our Environment, Responsible Business Initiative for Justice, and Material Innovation Initiative
‘We would not have been so successful without Catherine’s skill in planning and executing a plan for our capital campaign. She was highly organized, had a good sense of potential donors and how to persuade them to donate. She wrote all the campaign materials, including the basic statement of the campaign, our goals statements and our literature, envelopes and pledge cards. She developed the computer system to track campaign contributions, and logged and analyzed the data herself.
‘Catherine proved herself once again as a greatly skilled and highly competent individual. She has demonstrated that she can successfully focus on and manage a single campaign or act as a consultant for a number of campaigns. She is clearly among the best in her field.’