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Special Needs Foundation of Cayman

The Special Needs Foundation Cayman is a non-profit organization of parents, educators ...

North County Health Services (San Diego County)

North County Health Services (a North San Diego Community Clinic) has retained ...

D.A.R.E. America (Los Angeles, CA)

Today D.A.R.E. America operates a wide variety of educational programs, working with ...

The Bridge Foundation (Grand Cayman)

The Bridge Foundation provides transitional housing support for recovering addicts in the ...

What Our Clients Say

Ascend Partners Group is so effective in helping shape and prepare SMEF for our new goals! It’s onward and upward from here!

– Linda Greenberg, Executive Director, Santa Monica Education Foundation - https://www.smedfoundation.org/

We landed a $500K gift…focusing our board on individuals is working even faster than I expected.  Thank you for helping me to point them in the right direction!

– Ginger Ontiveros, Executive Director, Victor Valley College District Foundation - http://www.vvcfoundation.com/

My head is swimming with loads of new ideas and it is great to see the potential of what we can do. This has been quite an education!

– Keely Carroll, Director, Sierra College Natural History Museum - http://www.sierracollege.edu/museum

We tremendously value the sophistication and perspective that you bring to this project. We wouldn’t be where we are today without your assistance, and we look forward to continuing our work together.

– Howard Charish, Director, New York Office, American Friends of Bar-Ilan University - http://www.afbiu.org/

“Rich has been a trusted advisor and counsel to the Haugh Family Foundation for the past two years and has worked with us since 2013. During this time he has focused on three charities that we support; Special Needs Foundation Cayman, Beacon Farms Cayman and The Bridge Foundation Cayman. His efforts have developed strategic plans, case statements, collateral materials, web sites and he has brought in much needed funding”.

– Scott Haugh, Program Director - Haugh Family Foundation

“What’s notable about Rich Talmo is his ability to be trusted and accepted by individuals as a newcomer. He began working with North County Health Services in June of 2017 and in a very short time became a trusted consultant within our organization. Rich has created collateral materials, developed unique fundraising strategies and has brought a greater spirit of philanthropy in our organization.”

– Lynn Hunter, Director of Fund Development - NCHS - https://www.nchs-health.org/

“Mr. Talmo participated in the UCCI strategic planning session this past year. His involvement with the vision to establish a charitable foundation at the University was invaluable. We have since called upon his expertise to continue the conversation. His knowledge and foresight have been most appreciated”.

– Dr. Livingston Smith, Vice President & Provost - University College of the Cayman Islands

Talmo accepts full-time leadership role with client; Lanning returns to firm

Ascend Partners Group is pleased to announce two significant moves among its leadership, as two of the firm’s founding partners embark on new chapters in their respective careers. Rich Talmo After two years of consultation with APG client North County Health Services, our co-founder Rich Talmo has accepted a full-time role as that organization’s Chief […]

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Talmo Joins Firm in Full-time Role

Rich Talmo, one of three founders of Ascend Partners Group, has recently retired from his role as Executive Director of the Palomar College Foundation (San Diego, California) and has assume a full-time assignment with the firm. He brings more than 35 years of experience, which includes holding senior level positions with the American Cancer Society, […]

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Mahan assumes role of Managing Partner

Richard Mahan, one of three founders of Ascend Partners Group, has recently returned to the firm as its Managing Partner.  From June 2012 until October 2015, Mahan was “of counsel” to the firm after being appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the position of Director of Sales & Marketing for the California State Lottery.  During his […]

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Ascend Partners Group co-founder to lead advancement efforts at San Jose State University

Ascend Partners Group​’s Managing Partner, Dr. Paul Lanning, has been named Vice President for University Advancement and CEO of the Tower Foundation at San Jose State University. He takes on this new role June 15. “I’m excited to move back to my hometown and join the leadership team at San Jose State,” Lanning stated. “It’s […]

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RPR Fundraising relaunches as Ascend Partners Group, LLC

Consulting firm to non-profits merges with The Richard Mahan Group; New associates join professional team. RPR Fundraising, LLC has merged with the Richard Mahan Group effective March 1, 2015.  The newly combined consulting agency has been renamed Ascend Partners Group, LLC, reflecting the firm’s professional expertise in assisting non-profit organizations in growing and expanding their business […]

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