The following are brief biographies of the management and staff of Crowley, White, Helmer & Sevig.
Terry Crowley, Founder, retired in 2013 after 28 years at the helm of the firm, and 40+ years of successful management and development work in the Twin Cities. Prior to establishing the firm in 1985, he was Director of Development for Metropolitan State University (St. Paul/Minneapolis, 1980-84), and Executive Director of Oneida Education Center (St. Paul, 1974-79). Under Terry’s leadership, CWHS has designed and directed efforts that have resulted in tens of millions of dollars in corporate, foundation, small business, individual, and public support for area nonprofits. In addition, Terry has served on many nonprofit boards, including the Givens Foundation for African American Literature and the Charities Review Council, and he continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of Mano a Mano International Partners.

Terry’s dedication and commitment to working with Twin Cities nonprofits to help them achieve their facility and programmatic goals via high-quality, strategic, and creative fundraising initiatives is carried on by the following management and staff of Crowley, White, Helmer & Sevig.

Nancy White, Managing Partner, has been a part of Crowley, White, Helmer & Sevig since its inception in 1985. Currently, she is responsible for management of the firm’s office and business matters. Nancy works with consultants to ensure prompt response to client needs, as well as working with clients on contractual agreements and adjustments. Prior to her work at the firm, Nancy worked in administration for New Connection Programs, an adolescent chemical dependency treatment program. Nancy currently serves on the Board of Directors of Family Alternatives and Mano a Mano International Partners.

Tony Helmer, Partner, joined the firm in 2002 after several years of serving as the campaign coordinator for People Serving People (PSP), the largest homeless shelter for families in Minnesota. In that capacity, Tony worked with then-Crowley, White & Associates to coordinate PSP’s successful $7 million capital campaign. After five fruitful years as a staff consultant, Tony became a partner in 2007. Tony has worked closely with many nonprofit agencies to help them navigate the altered landscape of philanthropy and provide guidance and support in considering facility options and organization capacity. Tony provides overall campaign strategy, funding request preparation, and materials to clients and committee members for a well-run campaign. He also works directly with campaign volunteers to help facilitate their involvement in making calls to funding sources and ensuring they are fully prepared for each step of the Campaign process. Tony currently serves as a board member for The Link and the Charities Review Council of Minnesota. Tony has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Karl Sevig, Partner, began working with Crowley, White & Associates in 2005. Initially, Karl provided detailed research on potential funding sources for our clients, as well as preparing Campaign-related documents, monitoring activities, and participating in Campaign Committee meetings. In recent years, Karl has grown into a leadership role working on major fundraising Campaigns. Beginning in 2011, he was named a Senior Consultant, and in 2014, became a partner in the firm. Karl is well-versed in all aspects of development work and is a talented writer, strategic thinker, and communicator. He works collaboratively with staff, clients and campaign volunteers to help facilitate an efficient and effective Campaign process. Karl is a past member of the Springboard for the Arts Board of Directors and a current member of the White Bear Center for the Arts Board of Directors. He holds a J.D. from the University of St. Thomas School of Law and completed his undergraduate work at St. Olaf College, graduating cum laude with a B.A. in American Studies and Religious Studies.

Sean McGee, Development Consultant, began working with Crowley, White, Helmer & Sevig in 2011 as a contract research and grant writing consultant, before being hired full-time at the beginning of 2012. Prior to coming to the firm full-time, Sean worked as the Communications and Development Associate at the Minneapolis-Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness, and as the Communications Coordinator at Greater Twin Cities United Way. He has broad knowledge of nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities, particularly those focused on human services, and substantial experience in assisting with the coordination of large scale social justice initiatives and nonprofit programmatic and capital projects. Sean graduated cum laude from Carleton College with a B.A. in English Literature and Language.

Melanie Bethke, Administrative Assistant, joined Crowley, White & Associates in 2004. Melanie brings years of experience in office administration to her administrative support role at Crowley, White, Helmer & Sevig. She has worked for both large corporations and small private firms in varied positions such as office manager and project manager. Melanie works to provide high quality documents for our clients, as well as coordination of mailings, prospect research, and meeting scheduling and coordination.

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On occasion, Crowley, White, Helmer & Sevig contracts with other development professionals who provide high quality written materials.