Rylander Associates


Established in 1998, Rylander Associates offers customized solutions to challenges experienced by non-profit organizations. We have significant experience with capital campaigns, major gifts, annual giving, strategic and fund development planning, board development and governance, program and constituent communications and grantseeking.

Our Staff



Carole inspires and engages nonprofit leadership to maximize mission impact by strengthening fund development, planning and governance practices. With more than 30 years of service in the non-profit sector, Carole is a frequent speaker whose highly rated seminars and workshops benefit board and staff leadership as well as corporate executives seeking to be engaged in the not-for-profit sector. Presentation topics include: Strategies for Successful Trustee Leadership, Before Joining a Board…, Fundraising…It’s Not About the Money, Leading Your Leadership to Major Gift Success, Four Keys to Fundraising Success, Managing the Development Office, and The Case Statement Workshop, among others.

Prior to establishing her consulting business in 1998, Carole was with the Greater Dallas Community of Churches where she served as senior development officer for 14 years. Before entering the non-profit sector, she worked for eight years in the commercial and documentary film production industry in Dallas. Carole has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Oral Communications, Radio-TV-Film from Baylor University and undertook concentrated studies in Marketing and Theater.

When she is not serving clients, holding workshops or making presentations, Carole hangs out with her husband and any of their three young adult children who visit. At home, Carole enjoys watching classic movies, reading and observing the birds that frequent her feeders. Around town, she enjoys musical concerts and live theater whenever possible.


Distinctions & Awards

  • 2006 Outstanding Fundraising Executive, Association of Fundraising Professionals, (AFP) Dallas Chapter
  • BoardSource Certified Governance Consultant
  • Past President, AFP Dallas Chapter
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) accreditation since 1990
  • Past Chair, Association of Philanthropic Counsel, Inc.
  • Volunteer Faculty, Center for Nonprofit Management in Dallas
  • Faculty, Nonprofit Management Certificate Program, Center for Nonprofit Management, Dallas, Brookhaven College
  • Qualified Trainer, Institute of Cultural Affairs


  • Association of Philanthropic Counsel
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • BoardSource
  • International Association of Facilitators
  • Texans for the Arts
  • ToP Network, Institute of Cultural Affairs


In 2014, Dale joined Rylander Associates as senior consultant. His 40-year career in the for-profit world and his behind-the-scenes work with Rylander Associates since its inception make him highly effective, particularly in addressing database and technology challenges. In addition, Dale is a skilled writer with expertise in crafting compelling case statements and fund development materials.

Prior to joining Rylander Associates, Dale was a senior consultant and systems analyst who resolved complex telecommunications and software development challenges. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.

When he is not working with clients, Dale serves on the Conrad High School Advisory Board and was involved for five years with the Conrad Robotics Club. He is also on the Board of the Lone Star Coalition Against Pornography and is serving as Co-chair of the 2015 Annual Conference Planning Committee.

He enjoys the company of Carole and any of their three adult children who happen to visit. At home, Dale enjoys reading science fiction and historical novels. Around town, he enjoys musicals, concerts and live theater.


  • Association of Philanthropic Counsel, Inc. - www.apcinc.org
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals - www.afpnet.org
  • BoardSource - www.boardsource.org