About Us

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Skowhegan, Maine

The Kavelman Group Philanthropic Advisors LLC (TKG) is a consulting firm that seeks to advance positive social change by building strength in the nonprofit world. Founded by Buff Kavelman in 1997, our consultants have extensive senior-level experience at some of the country’s leading institutions such as the American Academy in Rome, Asia Society, National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Smithsonian Institution and Columbia University, spanning both the funding and the nonprofit management sides of philanthropy.

TKG’s clients include:
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  • Individual donors and families
  • Foundations and trusts
  • Private banks and wealth management firms
  • Family offices
  • Nonprofit institutions

As a boutique consulting firm, our clients benefit from personalized, direct senior staff services. By design, we do not manage assets as this allows us to focus solely on our clients’ philanthropic needs.  TKG’s services have been a catalyst for significant growth and positive change for a broad range of philanthropic clients across the country and around the world. We have helped them launch new programs, develop lasting partnerships, build operational capacity and strengthen governance.  We work with an active and comprehensive approach to ensure the strongest possible impact.

TKG’s services inform strategic philanthropy and achieve meaningful, impactful results.  Our clients have benefitted from:

  • Needs assessments and research to inform new funding strategies that have become national and global models
  • Strategic planning that focuses on the client’s vision, including different options for how it can be developed to the next level
  • Setup and management of efficient, strategic grantmaking programs
  • Evaluation of established programs and recommendations on how they can best serve evolving needs
  • Preparation and facilitation of board meetings and retreats that engage leadership and result in mission-driven action