Cole, Michelle


Greensboro , NC



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Services Offered

We inspire your teams to exceed their goals through customized technical and leadership skills training.
We discover your greatest challenges, assets and opportunities through a thorough assessment process.
We transform your fundraising program by providing an integrated 12-month execution plan designed for organizational sustainability and growth.


Service Do you use your gifts to serve others?
Quote “Let your life speak.”
From the Religious Society of Friends (Historical Quaker Tenet)
The above tenets remind me of Development by Design LLC. They are passionate about their mission to empower organizations to reach their full potential. I have truly enjoyed working with Michelle Cole and Lisa Lopez. These two extraordinary women “speak truth to power” and will help transform your company. High Point Friends School is in a better place because of Development by Design as they have helped us become stronger competitors in the independent school market of education.
- Darryl Cotton, Head of School, High Point Friends School
I would like to take this time to say, “Thank You” to Development by Design for all that you have done for us here at “Dream Big Performing Arts Academy”. You have given the board members along with myself more knowledge and help then we ever could have imagined. When beginning this journey of starting a non-profit business working with families through Art, Music and Dance who would have ever dreamed that it would become so important to so many. This has been a dream of mine for so many years and now that it is all starting to come together I know in my heart it will affect all those that come into our facility. Thank you for your time and generous heart, making this a reality for us in this community.
~ Misty Donathan, Director, Dreaming Big Performing Arts Academy
Michelle’s excellent client orientation and development expertise helped PTB’s clients develop capacity in institutional advancement and college foundation offices.
~Paul Bucci Owner, Paul T. Bucci, PhD LLC


Hi, I'm Michelle. I work with fundraising professionals, business team leaders, HR, training development professionals and project leaders tasked with improving performance. I inspire teams to exceed their goals through customized technical fundraising and leadership skills training. With 20+ years background in the social sector, I have been able to fulfill my passion of helping people transform their fundraising programs while continuing to be genuinely enthusiastic about building sustainable community organizations. I have a proven track-record with both international companies and early-stage startups as well as small owner-led businesses and non-profit organizations, helping them focus their efforts on what they want to achieve. When I’m not doing that, I am enjoying travel, outdoor experiences, and time with my family.


Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
M.A. Special Education & B.S. Applied Communication


NCDHHS/NCCCS Project VISION 75,000.00
The Beaver Family Foundation 9,500.00
DOE/21st Century 273,412.00
NC Gov. Crime Commission 50,000.00
Dept of Justice Violence Against Women Act Grant 75,000.00
US Dept of Health & Human Services Div. of Social Services 75,000.00
Mr. Holland Opus Foundation 50,000 worth of band instruments
U.S. DOE Striving Readers Program 175,000.00
NC DHHS Div. of SS 150,520.00
Feasibility study for Shared Use Commercial Kitchen Incubator (Entrepreneurship) 12 months. Over a million dollars was raised for the project once the feasibility study was completed.
Verizon Foundation 15,000.00
Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation 25,000.00
The Cannon Foundation 75,000.00
The Hagen Family Foundation 25,000.00
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation 75,000.00
The Home Depot Foundation 1,500.00
The Crowell Trust 12,000.00
U.S. Dept. of Education 1,306,750.00 - 5 Year Cycle
FEMA 936,000.
Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation 15,000.00
State Energy Office 154,410.00
State Library of NC 29,918.00
Duke Energy Grant 240,000
NSF ED. 150,000
The Andrew W Mellon Foundation 100,000.
Belk Fdn 25,000
Duke Energy 100,000
Child Trust 50,000
Golden LEAF 75,000
Goodnight Ed Fdn 50,000
Z Smith Reynolds 400,000
GSK 1,000,000.
AT&T Aspire 500,000
Wells Fargo 50,000
Caterpillar 25,000
Carnegie Corp 100,000
Burroughs Wellcome Fund 50,000
Community Fdn Central GA 50,000
Flint Energies 10,000
Betty Fitzgerald Fdn 15,000
Woodruff Fdn 75,000
Bradley Turner 25,000

Cluster Areas

  • Instruction
  • Well Rounded Education
  • College and Career Readiness
  • School Climate
  • Professional Development
  • School Improvement
  • Extended Learning
  • School Choice