NESEA's Capacity Campaign

About the Campaign
Lead Donors

About the Capacity Campaign

The NESEA Board of Directors has committed to raising an additional $100,000 in each of the next three fiscal years to add to our operating budget. To reach this goal, we are pursuing expanded grant and partnership opportunities and engaging the greater community to philanthropically support our work as a non-profit.

Why Now?

With unprecedented involvement from our community, we have recently completed a five-year strategic plan, which provides a clear roadmap of priorities and goals moving forward. Funds raised through the Capacity Campaign will enable us to follow through on these thoughtfully developed plans and ensure access to all those who can benefit from our work and content.

What Your Gift Will Do

There are countless opportunities for NESEA to expand our work and impact. Here are some examples of how Capacity Campaign funds will support the goals of our strategic plan:

  • Pilot mini-expansions of current programs (e.g. recruiting minority & employee-owned businesses to BuildingEnergy Bottom Lines)
  • Expand the reach of our interactive online content (website & beyond)
  • Explore opportunities on the borders of our current geographic reach (PA/DE/NJ/Upstate NY)
  • Explore how NESEA might support its members in weighing in on regulatory & policy matters that affect their practices
  • Invest in professional development and training to enhance staff skills & retention
  • Enhance programming for Emerging Professionals
  • Provide regional networking events & opportunities

We plan to keep most of these Capacity Campaign funds as a reserve within our operating budget. This will provide increased flexibility to respond to our membership and the market, to take calculated risks, and to act on opportunities as they arise. Keeping in line with NESEA values regarding transparency, we will report to members regularly on how Capacity Campaign funds are being used.

Looking to the Future

NESEA has a rich history of facing challenges head on and working together to find solutions. For over four decades, we have cultivated a community that makes a difference in the lives of individual practitioners in the professional fields our members represent and in the greater environmental landscape.

We invite you to help us write the next chapter in our story. Thank you for your support!

Thank You to Our Lead Donors

Andrew M. Sidford Architects Jennifer Marrapese
Michael Bruss Rob Meyers
Joe Carry Jeanette Millard
Saheel Chandrani Lauren Moss
Bruce Coldham Fortunat Mueller
Martine Dion New Energy Works of Rochester
E2 Solar David Panich
Paul Eldrenkamp George Penniman
Devan Folts Petersen Engineering
Mark Ginsberg David Pill
Gotham 360 Richard Renner
Robert Grogan Laura & Gil Richardson
Bruce Harley Matt Root
Nancy Hazard Marc Rosenbaum
Max Horn John Skipper
Andy Huh Ben Southworth
Jenna Ide Betsy Stefany
Gerard Ives Truth Box
Kaplan Thompson Architects Valley Home Improvement
Tom Konrad Rachel White
Landmark Services Aleksandr Yelizarov
Warren Leon Yule Development Co.
Mira Lieman-Sifry ZeroEnergy Design
Cindy Malinchak Eric Zimmerman
Brenden Maloof  



"In early 1979, I attended the Second Annual Conference on Energy-Conserving Solar-Heated Greenhouses, sponsored by the New England Solar Energy Association (yup, that’s the original name behind the acronym). I got so much more than information - I found a community... The NESEA connection I made almost 40 years ago has been the backbone of my practice as we have learned and practiced together." Read more...

-Marc Rosenbaum, South Mountain Company

"I remember walking around at my first BuildingEnergy conference and listening to conversations that felt over my head, but also empowering. I knew right away I was among an extremely dedicated and hardworking community.  As a NESEA member, the personal and professional connections I have made have been extremely valuable in my pursuit of knowledge for creating better homes and efficient buildings.

It’s time to give back to the community that has given me so much. There’s no better time than now."

-Mira Lieman-Sifry, Assistant Civil Engineer, NV5

"We began the campaign by asking our most dedicated supporters to step up and lead this effort. And boy did they answer! We received over $50,000 in lead donations, far surpassing our goal for this initial phase of the campaign. (This is already significantly more than NESEA typically receives in gifts for the entire year!) We are so grateful to these lead donors, many of whom doubled or even tripled their previous gift amount.

This is a sign that our campaign messaging is resonating with our members and shows the great groundwork that has been laid over the years in the NESEA community. I am encouraged by the results, and hope you are too!" Read more...

-NESEA Capacity Campaign Chair Rob Meyers, South Mountain Company


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