Dunleavy & Associates


Founded by Nancy Dunleavy in 2001, Dunleavy & Associates is a professional services firm that builds capacity, confidence and bottom lines for nonprofit organizations. While we do from time to time "consult," we are not a traditional consulting firm. We provide direct services and work side by side with all our clients as their partners.

Diverse Services, Diverse Clients

Dunleavy & Associates provides project management, contracted leadership, and advisory services to charitable organizations and the foundations and companies that support them. Whether you have short term needs (such as event management for your annual fundraiser, creating and implementing a PR strategy, or developing a strategic plan) or long-term assignments (interim CEO or restructuring and staffing your development office), Dunleavy & Associates provides your one-stop solution.

Our client list includes health and human services agencies, arts and culture organizations, foundations, colleges and schools, economic development organizations and professional organizations.

We have an outstanding network, a friendly team of respected experts and a fun-loving spirit that makes going that extra mile a little easier.

Our Values

When we work with you as your partner, we have some guiding principles that direct our interaction with you. Our values reflect the ethics, goals and standards that we practice in every facet of our work. Click to see our values.

Our Team

We have a talented team of depth that brings over 150 collective years of practical experience in the world of charitable organizations. We’re ready to help you! Come meet our team.

Our Approach

When a client becomes our partner, we work to understand their needs and objectives. A project manager will lead a team that is the perfect fit, and you'll benefit from the collective skills and talents of our entire team. This team model helps organizations maximize their resources and get the most out of our partnership. Whatever your needs, we focus on your long-term success and structure each project or campaign to maximize results.


Meet Nancy Dunleavy


President, Founder, CEO and Chief Talent Scout

Talent scout extraordinaire with freakish ability to connect people (and “the dots”). Scrabble playing serial board member, chef wannabe, and devoted fan of bacon (brothers band and the LT sandwich).

Nancy Dunleavy is the Founder and CEO of Dunleavy & Associates, a woman-owned business founded in 2001 to help charitable organizations achieve their fullest potential.

Named by LEADERSHIP Philadelphia as one of Philadelphia's "Top 101 Connectors" and by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the 25 Women of Distinction in 2006 and one of the top 100 women-owned businesses for four consecutive years, Nancy’s ability to "cross industry sectors" has been cited as one of the characteristics of true connectors.  She is successful in engaging collaborations between and among the educational community, the political community, the nonprofit community and the corporate community.

Nancy describes herself as a "rainmaker" with a super-power for talent scouting she’s recruited phenomenal clients, colleagues and collaborators.

Her career as an entrepreneur was preceded by more than twenty years in the healthcare business, as a senior financial manager and hospital administrator. Prior to launching Dunleavy & Associates, she served for ten years as Chief Financial Officer and then two years as the Senior Vice President for Corporate Development for Friends Hospital and Behavioral Health System.

A committed and engaged community leader, Nancy contributes her time and talent to several organizations and non-profit Boards of Directors in the region. She is serving in her second term as chair of the Board of Trustees for Gwynedd Mercy University and, in recognition of her service and leadership in this role, Nancy was recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of its Outstanding Directors for 2017.  Nancy is also a member of Board of Directors for the Union League of Philadelphia and the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs.

An accomplished and inspirational public speaker, Nancy presents a variety of topics including intergenerational workforces; leadership; mentorship; being a “connector”, the art of risk-taking in leadership and may others.  Her most recent accomplishment includes publishing a book:  “Exercise Your Ask Muscle – the no weight workout with proven results” which is available on Amazon

Nancy may be reached at ndunleavy@matchingmissions.com.

When we work with you as a partner, we have a set of guiding principles and values that direct our interaction with you. We like the values we bring to the table, and we think you will too.


We believe that our clients' existing strengths can be leveraged in new ways to increase their success. We cultivate an entrepreneurial culture that is committed to positive change and constant improvement.


We conduct ourselves with the highest levels of professionalism and are dedicated to efficiency, quality and client satisfaction.

Reciprocity and Philanthropy

We seek beneficial opportunities for our relationships beyond the ones we mutually share and commit our resources as a philanthropic partner in our client's missions.


We encourage creative and resourceful solutions to the changing needs of our clients. We provide unique, dynamic leadership to effect rapid organizational change.


We value our clients as partners, with intellectual humility and respect for their mission, knowledge and expertise. We encourage alliances, whenever possible. We are committed to teamwork and are open to new ideas.


We foster a culture and intellectual environment where humor and fun are among the routine expectations of our clients and colleagues. We acknowledge progress and celebrate success.