We are the chicken and the egg.
We know that fundraising for a cause and communicating the cause work together, hand in glove. So we partner to combine more than two decades of experience in communications and development to help nonprofits tell their stories powerfully and persuasively, and to generate the support they need to continue their work.
Stephanie Arcella, Co-Founder, Partner, Lead Fundraising Counsel
Stephanie is a licensed social worker and a seasoned fundraiser – a unique professional combo. She brings understanding and knowledge of your work and expertise in building and strengthening funding bases. She has extensive experience working closely with Board members, Executive Directors, Directors of Development, and major donors. Stephanie brings expertise in relationship management, strategic and fundraising plan development and implementation, donor cultivation, grants management, and events management to your fundraising team.
She has twelve + years experience in successful fundraising. For Stephanie’s resume, click here.
Bix Gabriel, Co-Founder, Partner, Lead Communications Counsel
Bix started her career as a copywriter in advertising, but found that selling toothpaste didn’t quite measure up to the thrill of telling stories about transforming people’s lives.
Bix has more than a decade of experience helping nonprofits large and small, local and international, communicate their causes and create lasting impact. She has extensive experience in brand development, communications and marketing strategy development, social media/web tools and strategy, public speaking, staff and board training, and press relations. She has two Masters degrees (Communications and Media Studies) and being a glutton for education, is now pursuing a MFA in Creative Writing. For Bix’s resume, click here
We also work with a trusty team of experts to get the job done:
- Copywriters and editors, designers, web-developers, film producers, and PR pros for communications;
- Grant writers, event planners and major gift experts for development.
TakeTwo Team Members
Avendim Media – Websites and Design
Avendim Media is a husband and wife team specializing in creative and affordable design solutions for web and print. Developer, Mark Davoli, and designer, Kristine Davoli, work closely with each other to provide distinctive, pleasing design solutions while implementing the latest technologies and industry standards. One of Avendim’s unique claims to fame: that the pizza company for whom they design was responsible for ending the US government shut down in 2013. Yes. Really.
Gorilla Web Studio – Web Design
Gorilla Web Studio’s team specializes in creating smart, slick websites (like this one!) for nonprofits and small businesses. But that’s not all. Gorilla Web Studio also works on the behind-the-scenes details so people can find your website (Search Engine Optimization) and you can reach people where they are (through E-mail Marketing and Social Media Customization). Best of all, Gorilla Web Studio makes it easy. Simply put, they give you exactly the tools you need to accomplish your objectives on the world wide web.
KVDesign – Print and Web Design
Owner and founder of KVDesign, Kerstin Vogdes Diehn specializes in working with nonprofit organizations. Her focus: clean, modern and brand-specific design for print, large-format graphics (like exhibits), and the web.
One of her specialties is designing with type – a true asset for any design involving, you know, the written word.
Czarina Chung – Branding and Design
Czarina Chung owns and operates Mutmut Media, a consulting company that specializes in developing design and communication materials to a broad range of clients.
Czarina brings over a decade of experience in design, account management, and consumer marketing. She has worked with clients such as Accenture, Anheuser-Bush, City Youth Now, DocuSign, Novartis, Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Success Factors to develop comprehensive design and marketing programs though research, positioning, identity, and naming; from complete brand identity creation (including logo development, advertising, and marketing collateral) to digital media (such as website design, e-mail campaigns, and relationship marketing). She studied Industrial and Graphic Design at California College of the Arts. Based in the Golden Gate city, Czarina is a native of Hong Kong and a native Chinese speaker.
Michael Fisher – Copywriter and Editor
With 15 years as a professional copywriter and editor, Michael has a deep knowledge of how to engage, inform, and educate a variety of audiences. He has worked in the healthcare, technology, and education industries, and provides TakeTwo clients with writing marketing copy – the kind that gets you to read on and maybe even DO something.More about Michael’s experience here.
Sarah Fass Hiatt – Strategic Development
Sarah brings a policy brain to the TakeTwo team. With ten plus years of experience working for think tanks and nonprofits and a great mind for strategy, policy, and the written word, Sarah assists TakeTwo clients with research, grant writing and reporting, and strategic development. Check out Sarah’s resume here.
Matthew Lapiska – Film Producer and Photographer
Matthew is a filmmaker and photographer with experience in all facets of photo and video production. With over ten years of experience working as a documentary producer, and with a strong track record crafting documentaries, PSAs, fundraising videos, and awareness raising short films for non-profit clients, he is here to bring your stories to life in professional quality HD, from initial concept through final delivery. His ultra-observant eye for irony – and authenticity – make Matthew’s reel and photos worth a second, third, and even a fourth look.
Amanda Lydon – Communications Specialist
Amanda is a creative thinker and manager who has been supporting readers, writers and do-gooders as a communications strategist, writer, editor, manager and events producer for more than ten years. A devoted reader, Amanda started her career in book publishing before landing in the nonprofit world. Amanda has a proven record for converting nascent ideas into thriving programs. She is a skilled moderator and interviewer, equally comfortable making public presentations or working on the nuts and bolts behind the scenes.
Sethu Nair – Communications Specialist
Sethu is a natural synergist. Over the last 10 years, she has combined her skill in mission-oriented program design and strategic communications to support the work of human rights and service agencies, in the fields of conflict resolution, poverty, homelessness, and gender-based violence. A trained and certified Mediator, Sethu offers individual and group conflict management, mediation, and facilitation services through her company, Beyond Conflict Services at www.sethunair.com.
Bhavana Nancherla – Event and Organizational Management
Bhavana comes to TakeTwo Services with nine years of experience in nonprofit operations. As administrative staff at several organizations, her work has included organizational event planning and management. She is also a seasoned activist in grassroots movement-building spaces, and brings her experience with organizing workshops, conference tracks, fundraising events and online campaigns as additional experience in logistics and event coordination. Bhavana’s interests include healing and transformative justice, and she brings these values to her collaborations with clients. She’s also an avid (and excellent) punster.
Laimah Osman – Artist and Website Developer
Laimah is a practicing artist and website developer. She has been designing and developing websites for nonprofits for over a decade. For the last three years she has been consulting with Witness. She recently developed their institutional website along with a suite of microsites for their human rights campaigns. And last year, she built a multi-language website (English, Spanish and Arabic) for Witness’ guide to archiving video. As an artist, Laimah makes visual poetry… literally. She screenprints words together to make phrases and folds them into simple book forms. You can see her artwork at: http://azadportfolio.net. Art, poetry, web, and social justice all come together in Laimah’s work.
Oraia Reid – Development Consultant
Oraia is a social entrepreneur and consultant providing expertise and technical assistance for both for- and not-for-profit groups. Her specialties include strategic planning, organizational development, program development, fundraising, media training and marketing campaigns. She is the founder of several award-winning grassroots organization, and her work has been featured in national and international news media. She has ten + years experience in successful fundraising, project management, staff and board training, and program evaluation. She is completing a Bachelor’s in Urban Studies at Columbia University. For Oraia’s resume, please view her LinkedIn profile.
Fivel Rothberg – Filmmaker
Fivel Rothberg is a father, media maker, producer, educator and activist who received his MFA in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College, CUNY. He is the director of “House Devil, Street Angel” an autobiographical social issue documentary. He was the Associate Producer of Kelly Anderson’s award-winning film “My Brooklyn,” an investigative look at gentrification, which aired on PBS’ series “America ReFramed.” He has worked on several nonprofit videos including TakeTwo’s video for the Melton Foundation and is currently producing “Island Soldier,” a documentary by Nathan Fitch that follows Micronesian soldiers serving in the U.S. military. Fivel’s background is steeped in collaboration and creativity on behalf of social change. He’s also a pretty good cook. You can view his work fivelrothberg.com.
Julie Selvaggi – Development Specialist
Julie joins the TakeTwo squad with more than 12 years experience working in many facets of nonprofit development for dynamic organizations across the country. Grants management, annual campaigns, major gifts, corporate partnerships, marketing plans, PR and event coordination – she’s done it all, and is excited to put her experience to work to help TakeTwo clients raise some money and awareness! A film school grad and MA in Media Arts, she has a special passion to work with groups that advance the arts.