Company Profile

Nike B. Whitcomb, CFRE, is the firm’s principal. In her more than three decades of experience in fundraising, she has raised nearly half a billion dollars with and for her clients.  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, where she has twice received awards for her achievements.


Michael Cleavenger joined Whitcomb Associates in an Of Counsel capacity in September, 2018. Over his 20+ year career, he has raised more than $150 million for major gifts, capital and endowment campaigns. His experience includes senior management and development positions at The Chicago History Museum, Episcopal Charities and Community Services, La Rabida, Rehabiliation Institute of Chicago, and Victory Gardens Theatre.

Michael is an alumnus of Colgate University, and has additional credentials from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, Wharton School of Business, among others.


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.


Charles Stanford has worked on several Whitcomb projects, including St. James Cathedral, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, University of the Ozarks, National Public Housing Museum, Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education, and Bishop Anderson House among others. He previously served as Vice President of Development with the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Master of Theological Studies from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary.


Nicole Spencer serves in an Of Counsel capacity at Whitcomb Associates. Nicole is a solutions-oriented leader, with 20 years’ experience working with diverse stakeholders at the nexus of strategy and operations, committed to developing policies that produce operational excellence within a mission-driven culture.

She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, with a degree in political science, and holds her juris doctorate from Northwestern University. Her expertise includes real estate development and management; assisting start-ups with branding, customer identification, and business development strategies; consulting for career development, talent management, marketing, diversity and strategic planning to strengthen business operations. She has an outstanding reputation as a collaborator and has assisted several of Whitcomb’s clients by providing training in effective procedures and practices.


All five 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 five primary consultants bring well over 150 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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