matthew blumenfeld, Principal

Matt began his development career in 1988 as a development associate, and then director of development at a think tank in San Francisco. After completing graduate studies, Matt worked for Forbes Magazine and then founded Bola Associates, a consulting firm in New York to service clients in non-profit housing development, inner-city education, and arts-in-education. In 1995, Matt moved his firm to Massachusetts, and in 2000 merged Bola Associates with FDA. During his career, Matt has raised more than $50 million for clients in education, libraries, museums, housing and homeless sheltering, land conservation and environmental advocacy, arts-in-education and the arts. Recent career highlights have included completing a $9 million library project in Chicopee, developing new mentoring and tutoring initiatives for the Springfield School Volunteers, assisting the New England Forestry Foundation in developing and implementing a $28 million campaign to secure 700,000+ acres of Maine forest land, and securing several million dollars in New Markets Tax Credits for Holyoke Public Library capital campaign project.

Matt graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in history and government, and received a Master of Arts Degree from the University of California, San Diego in 1990.


claudia canale-parola, Grants Manager

Claudia has worked in development since 1992, specializing in grants research, grant writing, corporate and foundation relations and the creation of capital campaign and other fund raising materials. Prior to working in development, Claudia held several librarian positions at the U.S. Court of Appeals. She was a Reference Librarian, a Government Documents Librarian, and the Director of Computer Assisted Legal Research.

Claudia graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in English and received a Master of Library and Information Science Degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988.


Sarah Tanner, Principal

Sarah Tanner has worked in the resource development field for over 20 years. Tanner started her career at the Mile High United Way, serving as a marketing manager for information and referral services. She continued her tenure with the United Way system serving in leadership positions with United Way of New York City, United Way of Hampshire County (Northampton, MA), and United Way of Pioneer Valley (Springfield, MA) where she served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Communications and Resource Development. She has also served in development positions with UMass Libraries (Amherst, MA) and Noble Health Systems (Westfield, MA). Tanner brings a strong background in strategic planning and communications for nonprofits, as well as extensive experience in annual fundraising, to the agency.

Tanner received her Master of Public Administration degree in the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado. She earned her B.S. from the School of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.


alice lewis rich, corporate relations and Foundations manager

Alice brings a strong background in grant writing and philanthropy to her work with FDA. Her previous experience includes serving as Development Manager for Resource Generation, whose purpose is to promote innovative ways for young people with wealth to align their personal values and political vision with their financial resources to deepen their social and civic engagement. Alice also worked as Development Consultant for Camp Kayak in Grenada and as a Preservation Associate with the Historic Districts Council. She is currently the Board Chair of The Rita Fund, a board member of the Nonotuck Community School and a volunteer for The Prison Birth Project.

Alice graduated from Hampshire College with a B.A. in Social Science. She also has a degree in Building Preservation Technology. Alice joined FDA in 2012.