Company Profile

Nike B. Whitcomb, CFRE, is the firm’s principal. She has more than three decades of experience in fundraising, management, public relations and marketing in both the public and private sectors. Her experience includes management of several non-profit organizations, feasibility studies and campaigns, strategic planning, development audits, board organization and development, staff training, prospect research and development of campaigns, public relations, and marketing materials. She is the lead trainer at the firm, providing seminars and special sessions on donor cultivation and solicitation to clients, as well as presentations on fundraising basics, campaign planning and overall strategies at local and national conferences. She has co-authored a book on special events fundraising and is writing a book on feasibility studies and capital campaigns. She is an alumna of Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois.


Natalie Birk serves in an Of Counsel capacity at Whitcomb Associates. She has raised over $4 million during her career for non-profits such as the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Boys and Girls Club, the Old Sacramento Historic District, and the Nevada Humane Society. Her special expertise is in identification of foundation, corporate, and governmental prospects and crafting effective proposals to them. Prior to working with and for non-profits, she managed a $75 million grant program for the U.S. Small Business Administration, a Federal agency. Natalie is also accomplished in board development, specifically transforming boards from a volunteer board to a governance/fundraising board. She has lead retreats that focus on, and result in, strategic plans, development plans or master planning.


Carlo Govia is a management consultant with two decades of experience in financial & operations management, marketing, and technology. His experience includes management of government agencies, business process reengineering, financial audits, digital marketing, public relations, strategic planning, new technology implementation, change management, and business development.

He has conducted organizational restructuring workshops for management teams, led seminars on performance management and operational excellence, and presented on technology systems at national conferences. He is passionate about using his years of consulting experience with Accenture and Capgemini to empower nonprofit organizations to pursue operational excellence as an effective method to fulfill their mission.

He is an alumnus of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in Chicago.


All three of the primary consultants are active in their communities, volunteering for a wide variety of causes and interests.

NBWAI also has several project associates located throughout the United States who assist clients as appropriate. Collectively, the firm’s three primary consultants bring well over 100 years of experience to our clients. Since our founding in 1980, we have assisted more than 500 clients with a wide variety of fundraising, marketing and PR programs and initiatives.

We are also extremely proud of our ‘young alumni’ – many of whom have gone on to outstanding careers in other parts of the non-profit sector. Here are just a few:

Lora Vitek Boryszewski
Director of Philanthropy and Communications
Delta Dental Foundation of Illinois
Naperville, IL
Julia Witty Miller
Director of Young Alumni, Student Philanthropy, and Online Giving at Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
Jackie Nunn Rayburn
PR and Communications Consultant
Des Moines, IA
Stephanie MacDonald Ceruolo
Vice President of Major Markets Account Development
Infogroup Nonprofit Solutions
Annapolis, MD



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