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Maria Semple, Principal

Maria Semple is the firm’s principal.  She consults with nonprofit organizations and businesses interested in finding and connecting with their best prospects for long-term business relationships.  Her book, “Magnify Your Business”, was published October 2015.

As a Constant Contact Certified Solutions Provider, Maria can help small businesses, associations and nonprofit organizations understand and use email marketing and social media best practices.  She is considered a Local Expert for Constant Contact on the topics of email marketing and simple social media strategies, enabling her to deliver engaging presentations to nonprofit and small business audiences.

Maria shares her LinkedIn expertise with individuals, businesses and nonprofits.  She offers personalized consults to revamp profiles as well as group presentations sharing best practices for augmenting profiles and developing new business opportunities.

She is also a frequent speaker for local and national organizations including: Association of Professional Researchers for AdvancementNew York University’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and FundraisingThe Support Center for Nonprofit Management; Partnership in Philanthropy; Association of Fundraising Professionals (NJ Chapter); New Jersey Conference on Philanthropy; The Mid-Atlantic Researchers Conference; Fundraising Day in NY; New Jersey’s Nonprofit Symposium; and Merrill Lynch.

Since Summer 2011, Maria is a regular contributor to the Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio Show.  Since 2012, she is a Founding  Advisory Board member and Presenter for The Center for Excellence:  Leadership, Governance and Philanthropy at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Maria Semple is the author of “Magnify Your Business” and two downloadable & interactive e-Books:

"Magnify Your Business"

Panning For Gold:Find Your Best Donor Prospects Now!"™

Panning For Gold:Find High-Net-Worth Prospects Now!™

Professional memberships play an important role in Maria’s ongoing professional development. She is currently a member of:

Association of Fundraising Professionals
Financial Planning Association of New Jersey
Financial Women’s Association
American Marketing Association
Somerset County Business Partnership

Maria began her consulting career with Robert F. Semple Associates in 1990 directing capital campaigns for nonprofit organizations.  The firm, now Semple Bixel Associates, continues to enjoy a business relationship with The Prospect Finder. A sampling of other consulting firms that have used Maria’s services include: The Alford Group, Laurence A. Pagnoni Associates, Melarbit Partners, and Dennis C. Miller.

Prior to her work in this field, she was a securities dealer in the investment banking industry with Societe Generale Securities.

Maria successfully completed an intensive Grant Proposal Writing Workshop conducted by The Grantsmanship Center in New York, NY.  She is a graduate of Douglass College.

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