About Us

Stephanie Blackburn Freeth

Stephanie Blackburn Freeth

Nonprofit Strategist and Founder

Our Mission:

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.


Our Founder:

Stephanie Blackburn Freeth is a Nonprofit Strategist and Founder of Adaptive Alternatives LLC, a consulting firm providing strategic planning and fundraising consulting services to nonprofits and social enterprises who are ready to adapt and thrive.

Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Stephanie partners with local, regional and national nonprofits and foundations at key stages of growth to address their biggest strategic, marketing, and fundraising opportunities and challenges. With an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA in English from Princeton University, Stephanie brings unique perspectives to her clients.

Before founding the firm, Stephanie was Vice President for Development & Donor Services at the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. She also served as the Director of Strategy and Business Development at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan.

Stephanie’s fundraising and business development experience spans a number of other roles – including the Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the Lake Forest Country Day School and Director of Individual Giving at the Kellogg School of Management. Stephanie’s start-up experience includes marketing and operations with VarsityBooks.com and SingleFeed/Comparison Ventures.

Stephanie is a member of Ann Arbor Rotary, and she is an alumna of Leadership Detroit XXXIII. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and in a number of capacities as an alumni volunteer for Princeton University. She also serves on the Board for Summers-Knoll School.

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