Dream Believers.

We treasure your dreams and value relationships, understanding that collectively we have the power to make dreams become a reality. Expertise, perseverance, authenticity and generosity are at the core of all we do.

FBC’s Team is comprised of professionals who are Generosity Experts. Each brings a special lens of insight to support our clients reach the highest potential. We are honored to collaborate together and with those whom we serve.

Fayruz Benyousef, CFRE, Founder + Principal

With over three decades of experience as a seasoned fundraising professional, Fayruz has become a recognized leader and changemaker in the philanthropic landscape. Leveraging her expertise locally, nationally, and internationally, she has successfully raised over $500 million for her clients, spearheading campaigns ranging from $10 million to over $100 million. Fayruz wholeheartedly embodies the principles she imparts to her clients, tirelessly working to foster a community-wide culture of philanthropy. For more than a decade, she and her team have reimagined philanthropic responsibility and civic engagement, employing solutions-based problem-solving and strategic thinking.

Beyond consultancy, Fayruz actively contributes to a number of organizations, and her dedication to community service is underscored by her current and previous roles as Board Chair for 4ATX Foundation of Austin FC, Board President for AFP – Austin, Chair of the Sustainable Food Center and Con Mi MADRE Boards, Chair of ConnectHER and as a member for the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Trinity Episcopal School, and Libyan Hearts boards. Her outstanding contributions were acknowledged when she was named an Ethics in Business and Community Award Winner by Recognize Good and awarded the Outstanding Fundraising Professional of the Year by AFP.

Fayruz’s story of resilience, service, and commitment to positive change is shared as a sought-after keynote speaker and coach. Her advice, extending beyond fundraising, also emphasizes supporting women in their diverse career and life paths. With a commitment to a life of impact and meaning, Fayruz believes in the transformative impact of generosity (and strategic thinking).

Catherine Bird, Director of Project Management

Catherine is a seasoned communications professional and accomplished author with a two-decade track record in writing, public relations, grant writing, fund development, event planning, and volunteer management. As one of FBC’s Generosity Experts, she is known for building partnerships and fostering collaborative, team-centric scenarios. Catherine’s consultancy portfolio includes work with organizations such as Microsoft Corporation, Ascension Healthcare, Conspirare, Mission Capital, R.O.C.K. Ride on Center for Kids, Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation, Wonders & Worries, the Trinity Center, and more. Her strategic contributions have played a pivotal role in the successful development and execution of capital projects and grant programs, which have secured over $80 million in funding.

Beyond her professional roles, Catherine is dedicated to faith-based writing projects and community service, volunteering with nonprofits like The Junior League of Austin, Make-a-Wish Foundation, and SafePlace. Her published works with Leafwood Publishers, including the likes of “Becoming a Girl of Grace” showcase her commitment to meaningful content creation.

Catherine’s multifaceted career reflects a passion for effective communication, strategic planning, and dedicated community involvement. From impactful fund development projects to her unwavering commitment to faith-based projects, Catherine believes in collaborative partnerships (and collective impact).

Ellen Buckmaster, Creative Director

Ellen Buckmaster, a seasoned Creative Director with over 40 years of experience, specializes in fostering connections between nonprofits and donors. As a former fundraiser and marketing professional turned writer, designer, and art director, Ellen seamlessly integrates diverse skills to craft compelling narratives. She serves as an integral part of the FBC Generosity Experts team and collaborates closely to align words and visuals into compelling narratives. Her skillset encompasses a diverse range of creative strategies and concepts, art direction, messaging analysis, copywriting, project management, design, and grant writing.

Throughout her career, Ellen has worked with prestigious clients such as Whole Foods Market, Dell, IBM, H-E-B, and The University of Texas. Her portfolio spans healthcare, education, arts, culture, and social services, leaving an indelible mark on a number of successful fundraising campaigns. Ellen’s commitment to storytelling is evident in her work, where she collaborates with clients to create impactful messages. Her strategic approach and dedication make her a trusted partner for organizations aiming to make a meaningful impact, as seen in her contributions to Dell Children’s Medical Center, Ballet Austin, and Girl Scouts-Lone Star Council, among many others. Through her creativity and dedication to advancing the missions of nonprofits across diverse sectors, Ellen believes in innovative storytelling (and encouraging generosity).

Dori Flores, CFRE, CFRM, Senior Consultant

Dori is a seasoned development professional with an impressive 27-year track record of dedicated service, specializing in fundraising and community engagement. As a valued member of FBC’s team of Generosity Experts, she brings a wealth of hands-on experience and volunteer management acumen gained through numerous successful development initiatives, spanning annual, endowment, major, and capital campaigns.

In her previous role as Vice President of Fund Development and Executive Director at The Seton Fund, Dori provided strategic leadership, guiding a team to raise $52.3 million toward a $75 million campaign goal. She spearheaded the creation of the Seton Nurse Scholarship Endowment, securing a remarkable $5 million endowment for scholarships and educational initiatives within its inaugural year.

Dori’s commitment to community goes beyond her professional roles, as demonstrated by her active involvement in various board and leadership positions with organizations such as The Junior League of Austin, Mission Capital, and AFP Austin. Dori is a proud graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communications. With a proven ability to lead successful fundraising initiatives, Dori believes in equipping clients (and enjoying the process).

Megan Helmbrecht, Consultant

With over three decades of distinguished experience in nonprofit management, Megan Helmbrecht is a seasoned leader specializing in fundraising and strategic development. As an Of Counsel member of Team FBC, she excels in major gifts, event planning, strategic planning, board development, and database management. Megan’s impactful contributions were evident during her role as a Major Gift Officer at Georgetown University, where she played a crucial role in launching a $1 billion capital campaign. Relocating to Austin, she became the first Director of Development at the Lance Armstrong Foundation, crafting its initial development plan and raising over $4 million through the Founder’s Circle major gift fundraising effort. Throughout her philanthropic career, Megan has applied her skills to various organizations, including The Miracle Foundation, E3Alliance, Bakari Foundation, Hand to Hold, Austin Community College, and Honduras Good Works.

Passionate about civic engagement, Megan has chaired fundraising events such as Doss Elementary’s H’Owl Carnival, Hand to Hold’s Baby Shower, and AGE of Central Texas’ SheThrives. Currently, she is the co-chair of Anderson High School’s Project Graduation. Megan holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies from Miami University. Rooted in fostering genuine connections to drive meaningful impact in the nonprofit sector, Megan believes in powerful communication (and authenticity).

Marcia Levy, Director of Strategic Consulting

Marcia is a seasoned healthcare and business professional, whose impactful career spans more than four decades in business development, marketing, philanthropy, strategic planning, organizational development, and community engagement. In addition to her corporate achievements, including leadership roles for two international startup companies, Marcia has spearheaded numerous capital campaigns for private schools, medical institutions, and arts organizations.

Her tenure in leadership roles on the local and national level have included the Anti-Defamation League, Dell Children’s Hospital, GENAustin, the Jewish Federations of North America and more. Notably, Marcia spear-headed multi-year campaigns that have provided over $10 million in funding for the former Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, FL, and played a visionary role in creating what is now the Seton Breast Care Center, Central Texas’s first comprehensive, multidisciplinary center, for which she raised over $8 million.

Beyond her well-deserved accolades, such as the 2014 Audrey & Raymond Humanitarian Award from the Austin Region of the Anti-Defamation League, recognition as the I Live Here I Give Here Donor of the Month in April 2011, Marcia remains actively involved in various community roles, all of which exemplify her commitment to causes like healthcare, education, and the arts.

With a professional and personal journey that embodies the spirit of a dynamic and influential leader, Marcia believes in inspiring generosity (and strategic partnerships).

Kathryn McDaniel, Project Manager

Kathryn is seasoned in communications and fundraising, with a diverse skill set and over 20 years of dedicated service to our community in both professional and volunteer capacities. Her professional work includes experience in fundraising, development, volunteer management, and event planning/talent management, with additional experience in content creation for educational publishing and public relations for small
businesses, making her a valuable addition to FBC’s team of Generosity Experts.

In her previous fundraising roles, Kathryn led a charge to raise $1 million annually through annual giving efforts such as major events, yearly galas, community groups, and major gift donations. In addition to her professional endeavors, Kathryn has remained deeply committed to philanthropic service. As a member of The Junior League of Austin, she dedicated considerable time volunteering in various roles within nonprofit organizations and serving on boards.

Kathryn finds great joy in contributing to the community through project management and service initiatives. With a genuine desire to build authentic connections, Kathryn believes in fostering community (and purposeful engagement).

Kate Tolliver, Director of Operations

Kate Tolliver, ACNP, boasts over 30 years of nonprofit experience and currently serves as the Director of Operations at FBC. Her expertise in fundraising, strategic planning, and organizational development, coupled with her commitment to intentional engagement, makes Kate an indispensable asset in helping amplify our clients’ mission-driven work.

In her previous position as Manager at the Center for Nonprofit Studies at Austin Community College, Kate led program development, oversaw data and financial management, and managed the C3 Development Consulting Services. As a Managing Producer, she also handled the Center’s Civil Society television program and a multi-year contract with Austin Public Health. Kate was adept at managing Certificate programs while introducing new ones, such as Talent Management, Ethical Nonprofit Storytelling, and Nonprofit Program Design.

Kate exudes a strong commitment to her field, which is evident through the certificates she has earned in Paralegal Studies, Business Management, Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Effective Fundraising, Nonprofit Financial Management, Grant Writing, and Volunteer Management. She is a highly regarded member of FBC’s Team of Generosity Experts and plays a vital role in ensuring a seamless experience for all clients. With a prolific career in nonprofit consulting and management, Kate believes in intentional engagement (and meaningful connections).

SueAnn Wade-Crouse, Grants

SueAnn, a Generosity Expert with more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, has acquired nearly $100 million in investments for many esteemed organizations like Arc of the Capital Area, AVANCE National, the Austin Area Urban League, National Domestic Violence Hotline, LIVESTRONG, Meals on Wheels, PBS, Ronald McDonald House Charities, among many others. With 12 MBA credits from the McCombs School of Business, a bachelor’s from Texas Tech University, specialized training in grant writing, managing capital campaigns, and developing major gifts from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and a certification in Non-Profit Management from the University of Texas Center for Professional Education, SueAnn brings a solid educational foundation to her work.

Actively involved in her community, SueAnn has also served in critical volunteer roles including Commissioner on the Austin Commission for Women and Chair of the Austin History Center Association. Beyond her professional pursuits, SueAnn personally and passionately invests in arts, social, and environmental causes.

With her dedication to philanthropy and diverse skills continue to make a meaningful impact on the causes she champions, SueAnn believes in generous investors (and positive impacts).