Strategic planning

and fundraising consulting

for nonprofits and social enterprises

ready to adapt and thrive

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Adaptive Alternatives LLC envisions and creates opportunities with significant social and economic impact.  We collaborate with mission-centered clients and partner organizations to turn scarcity into abundance. We align with the leaders, volunteers, organizations, and networks who are most ready to adapt and thrive beyond the bounds of current challenges. We believe that aligned efforts steeped in the intention that everyone involved should and will prosper ultimately strengthens the socially-minded ecosystems most likely to provide lasting social benefit.

I’m Stephanie Blackburn Freeth, Nonprofit Strategist and Founder of Adaptive Alternatives LLC, a consulting firm providing strategic planning and fundraising consulting services to nonprofits who are ready to adapt and thrive. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, I partner with local and national nonprofits, foundations and social enterprises at key stages of growth to address their biggest strategic, marketing, leadership and fundraising opportunities and challenges.

I am passionate about working with forward-looking leaders and board members to help their nonprofit organizations and social enterprises thrive. I bring 20 years of nonprofit and business experience in strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, and organizational culture to my work with Michigan-based and national clients.  I have worked with stellar organizations in higher education, arts & culture, technology start-ups, museums, independent schools, health care, youth services, social services, and philanthropy.  With an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA in English from Princeton University, I will bring unique and meaningful perspectives to help your nonprofit organization adapt and thrive.

Having recently hired Stephanie as a development consultant, I immediately found her to be well versed in the field and very knowledgeable of the community.  She is flexible, accommodating and professional.

Nicole Adelman

Executive Director, The Corner Health Center

I was incredibly fortunate to have Adaptive Alternatives on board from the beginning to assist with strategy and planning, nonprofit start up guidance, board development and fundraising support. Stephanie brings an amazing wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Jessica Nickel

Executive Director, Addiction Policy Forum

Stephanie is very adept in all levels of her work and understands the necessary framework to help non profit organizations review their background and creatively look towards the future. I highly recommend Stephanie to any organization considering strategic planning.

Abby Dart

Executive Director, Scenic Michigan


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