SYNNOVATE GROUP was founded in 2014 with a mission to bring together experienced, like-minded, and passionate professionals to help support and consult nonprofits, community colleges, universities, and foundations in fundraising, marketing, communications and creative design. Our goal is to maximize your organization’s success and keep you moving forward efficiently.
In a nutshell, our goal is to help you finish yours. When you’re serious for change, we’re ready to start Synnovating!
Nathan Clark is the founder, President and CEO of SYNNOVATE GROUP (Synnovate, LLC). He is a passionate mentor, teacher, and lecturer on fundraising and purposeful philanthropy. Nathan brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in fundraising, marketing, communications, and management from past career work in both the private and public sectors. Nathan has a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and an MBA from Weber State University. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Utah Chapter, is a member of CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education), a certified fundraising consultant for the state of Utah and a certified practitioner for Myers & Briggs Type Indicator.
Nathan currently serves as the Director of Development for Shriners Hospitals for Children in Salt Lake City and manages the donor development team and major gifts. Prior to this, he served as the Chief Development Officer and Vice President of Individual & Planned Giving for United Way of Salt Lake (UWSL). He led a 16-member Resource Development team, directed all the organization’s fundraising and stewardship efforts, and managed two volunteer councils. While there, he launched a new major gifts campaign securing UWSL’s largest local multi-million dollar gift in history. He transformed UWSL’s fundraising practices through the implementation of a new Salesforce CRM platform, individual performance metrics, and improved donor stewardship reporting. He is a passionate advocate in advancing community change from data-drive results through the collaborative practices of “Collective Impact” (Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2011). Nathan worked for 10 years at Weber State University. As a Senior Development Director, he raised millions in major gifts, grants, and corporate sponsors. These funds supported a variety of university needs including student scholarships, faculty research, lectures, capital projects and the establishment of named academic programs like the Richard Richards Institute for Ethics and the Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics & Public Service. Nathan implemented and managed multiple volunteer advisory and fundraising boards. He launched, then managed a consistent, multi-channel annual giving program consisting of direct mail, phonathons, giving societies, e-solicitations, and newsletters.
On a national and international level, Nathan worked as the Marketing and Media Relations Director for the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome facilitating education and prevention of child abuse throughout the US and Canada. Above raising money, Nathan absolutely enjoys raising his family. He and his wife are the proud parents of two fun, active children. Nathan loves the outdoors and enjoys basketball, biking, softball and golf.