NCAN Builds Capacity for Consulting on Fundraising and Program Design

June 11, 2015
By Elizabeth Morgan, Director of External Relations

To offer more in-depth support to organizations providing college access and success services to students, NCAN added a new staff position on April 1. Colette Hadley, formerly executive director of the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara (SFSB), will serve as NCAN’s first director of consulting services.

“NCAN has long provided periodic fee-for-service consulting, but this new position has several notable differences,” NCAN Executive Director Kim Cook said. 
  • This position is exclusively committed to consulting service.
  • Ms. Hadley combines significant fundraising expertise with a background in program strategy and design.
  • The position is located in Los Angeles and represents NCAN’s first West Coast staff presence.
This additional staff position is due in part to a generous initial investment by College Futures Foundation (formerly College Access Foundation of California) to assess and provide technical assistance to California community foundations and their community-based partners in deploying effective practices in outreach and college guidance and financial aid advising services for underserved students, and to provide guidance in structuring scholarship management programs for strategic need-based scholarships. 

Ms. Hadley has unparalleled credentials and commitment to help communities increase rates of college-going and completion. As executive director of SFSB from 2006 through early 2015, she had a proven track record of strong scholarship program management and fundraising. Under Ms. Hadley’s leadership, the SFSB increased its net assets by 85 percent to $43.4 million, doubled the number of college scholarships awarded, and increased the average scholarship amount by 35 percent. SFSB program advisors reached more than 37,600 Santa Barbara County students and parents in 2013-14 with rigorous FAFSA trainings, targeted scholarship workshops, early awareness financial aid presentations, and intensive one-on-one counseling sessions. Beginning in 2008, Ms. Hadley also provided nonprofit consulting services to organizations including the Pedrozzi Scholarship Foundation, Scholarship Sonoma County, California College Access Consortium, Storyteller Children’s Center, and the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum on best practices in scholarship development, fundraising, governance, and organizational culture.
Before joining the SFSB in 1992, Ms. Hadley worked as a student affairs officer and then marketing manager for the University of California-Irvine. She studied biological sciences at the University of California-Irvine and has completed certificate programs in nonprofit management and executive leadership. Ms. Hadley has significant nonprofit board experience as the chairman of the Santa Barbara Cal-SOAP (Student Opportunity and Access Program) Consortium and as a board member for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Barbara County (CASA), the Santa Barbara Special Olympics, and the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Foundation. She served as an NCAN board member during the organization’s formative years in the late 1990s and early 2000s as well as from 2011 through 2015.

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