Michael J. Worth & Associates
  Michael J. Worth & Associates
Our services include:

>> Program Reviews and Studies

>> Campaign Planning and Counsel

>> Planning and Design of Fundraising Programs

>> Board Development

>> Training/Coaching

>> Planned Giving

Michael J. Worth is Principal of the firm and is engaged with every client. In addition to Dr. Worth, the firm maintains a network of strategic partners with a broad range of specialized expertise. Teams assembled from among our partners are tailored to meet the specific needs of clients. This approach provides clients with the best of two worlds - the breadth and experience of a large firm, combined with the personal attention usually only available from an independent consultant.

Principal, Michael J. Worth & Associates

Michael J. Worth & Associates

Michael J. Worth has more than 35 years of experience in philanthropic resource development. He is known not only as an experienced and successful development officer but also as one of the field’s most prolific speakers and authors.

Dr. Worth served for nearly twenty years as Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, including the University’s medical center. He planned and directed two major campaigns, which supported the University’s extensive growth, and also held responsibility for Board of Trustees development. He previously served as Director of Development at the University of Maryland College Park and, earlier in his career, in fundraising positions at Wilkes University and DeSales University, both in Pennsylvania. Dr. Worth is Professor of Nonprofit Management at The George Washington University. 

Michael Worth has edited or written well-known books related to fundraising, boards, and nonprofit management. “New Strategies for Educational Fundraising” is one of the top sellers in the field and is used as a textbook in preparing development professionals. “Leading the Campaign” was published by the American Council on Education in 2010 and has become the standard guide for those preparing for a campaign effort. He is the author of “Nonprofit Management: Principles and Practice,” a leading textbook in the field used at colleges and universities across the country.

Michael Worth books

Dr. Worth has been a speaker at conferences of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). He served as a member of CASE’s Commission on Philanthropy and as a member of the faculty at the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education.

Michael Worth is active in the Washington, DC nonprofit community. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Miriam’s Kitchen, an organization providing services to the city’s homeless population; the selection committee for the Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management; and the advisory council of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, DC Chapter.

He holds a B.A. from Wilkes University, an M.A. from The American University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Senior Consultant, Michael J. Worth & Associates

Michael J. Worth & Associates

Patricia Cornell is Senior Consultant with Michael J. Worth & Associates. From 2009 to 2014, she was Director of Development at Food & Friends, a regional health and nutrition nonprofit.  She was previously a Senior Consultant with MJW&A from 2007 to 2009.

She has extensive experience in fundraising and management at a variety of nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions. Her previous positions include Vice President for Marketing and External Relations for Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), a national children's literacy organization; Vice President for Resource Development at American Rivers, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental advocacy organization; Director of Development for the Children's Defense Fund, a national children's advocacy organization; and Associate Vice President for Development at The George Washington University during the University's $550-million capital campaign.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Cornell managed capital campaigns and provided leadership in areas such as annual giving, corporate and foundation support, and planned giving in her roles as Associate Vice President for Development at Hood College and as Director of the Campaign at Earlham College. Prior to becoming a development professional, she was a Director of Alumni Relations and served as the Executive Director of a community YWCA.

Senior Consultant, Michael J. Worth & Associates

Michael J. Worth & Associates

Elizabeth B. ("Beth") Herman is a Senior Consultant with Michael J. Worth & Associates in addition to leading her own private coaching and consulting firm, EBH Consulting LLC. After 30 years' success leading higher education advancement teams and helping philanthropists make large, useful gifts, Herman helps high-achievers lead themselves and others to peak, peaceful productivity. Her experience as a certified executive coach enriches all of her strategic planning, campaign planning studies, and team-building initiatives.

Herman's previous positions include vice president for college advancement at Washington College (MD) and Franklin & Marshall College (PA); 10 years leading development at the University of Puget Sound (WA); and director of development for the College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington (WA). She began her career in annual giving and specializes in helping development teams of any size and scope reach their full fundraising potential. She is a certified coach with Martha Beck Inc. and the Koelle Institute for Equus Coaching.

Herman is in high demand as a trainer for the American Council on Education, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (Crystal Apple Award for Distinguished Teaching 2000), and colleges and universities around the country. An award-winning essayist, she contributes to CASE Currents and Equus magazine and wrote a chapter on managing gift officers for Effective Measures: The Return on Investing in Talent Management (CASE 2012).