Focused on providing fundraising and board development experience to non-profit organizations, associations, human services providers and public policy initiatives.
Headquartered in Lansing, Michigan, Capitol Fundraising Associates (CFA) is a multi-client fundraising firm providing board development and training, strategic planning, capital campaign consulting as well as overall oversight and program management of client fundraising programs. Its focus is on providing fundraising expertise to businesses, associations, governmental human services providers, non-profit organizations and elected office holders.
Our approach works because we bring our expertise and understanding to projects and activities, which we then cooperatively design with our clients. Our goal is to help organizations identify and harness their resources so that they can be stronger and more effective.
CFA is also able to design targeted workshops to help non-profit board members and key staff members understand the current philanthropic culture and how to best to attract donors to participate in fundraising activities.
The implementation of CFA’s contracts is by Rebecca Bahar-Cook, CEO of the company, and CFA Associates Caitlin O’Rourke and Kelsey Taber with the assistance of Office Manager Terri Voigt-Wilkinson.
CFA’s staff has as its top priority working with its individual clients to develop the fundraising strategy that makes the most sense for their particular organization. It is essential, however, that the leadership of the organizations we work with be fully committed to the implementation of that plan. Our approach is a coordinated one that utilizes the unique strengths of the client organization (which we help assess) and our expertise in making maximal use of those strengths, as well as our knowledge and understanding of fundraising practices and fundraising sources around the state of Michigan.
Capitol Fundraising Associates has the capacity to handle the organization, planning, supervision and implementation of comprehensive fundraising programs, capital campaigns, direct mail and electronic appeals, person-to-person solicitations
and/or special events.
Meet Our Team
Rebecca Bahar-Cook, CEO
Rebecca Bahar-Cook is the CEO of Capitol Fundraising Associates. As such, she develops fundraising plans, recruits and researches new donors, executes fundraising events, develops direct mail programs including messaging, assists with the designing of solicitation materials, trains fundraising staff, works on board development, recruitment of fundraising committee members and organizes call-time programs.
Bahar-Cook enjoys teaching groups fundraising best practices and has provided training sessions to many statewide nonprofits, associations and candidate training organizations on topics including Board Recruitment and Fundraising, Where to Find New Donors, Fundraising Success – What Works, Tried and New Fundraising Techniques, and Why Corporations Give.
During her time at CFA, Bahar-Cook has worked with a wide variety of non-profit clients including Children’s Trust Fund, Citizens Research Council, Community In Schools, Greater Lansing Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity Michigan, Michigan Political History Society, Michigan State University’s Michigan Political Leadership Program and Volunteers of America Michigan. Political clients have included many candidates running for statewide, federal or local office and ballot proposals.
In addition to her duties at CFA, Ms. Bahar-Cook served on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners from 2006 - 2016. Other aspects of her community service have included serving on the Capital Area Michigan Works! Administrative Board, Lansing Area Economic Partnership (LEAP) Board, the Tri-County Office on Aging Board and the Ingham County Land Bank Board. Currently Bahar-Cook is on the Allen Neighborhood Center Board and often volunteers at Congregation Shaarey Zedek.
Ms. Bahar-Cook earned her B.A. from Michigan State University in 1992. She lives in Lansing, Michigan with her husband, Todd, and two children, Benjamin and Sara.
Caitlin O’Rourke, Senior Associate
Caitlin O’Rourke is an associate at Capitol Fundraising Associates, where she manages a diverse portfolio of clients. As the newest member of Capitol Fundraising Associates, O’Rourke oversees several large client events and assists in bringing new clients to the firm. She helps her nonprofits leverage their networks and increase their fundraising capabilities.
O’Rourke’s first job was as a legislative intern for House Democratic Leader Dianne Bryum. Eventually becoming staff, that experience taught her the importance of teamwork and the impact of public policy on citizens. She attended Grand Valley State University and graduated with a degree in Political Science.
In 2011, O’Rourke worked as a Community Organizer, Field Organizer and Regional Field Director for the Obama for America campaign. She was based in Kalamazoo and operated within the Sixth Congressional District. O’Rourke was in charge of recruiting, organizing, and maintaining a large volunteer base. This experience honed many of the leadership and networking skills she uses today. After the successful reelection of President Barack Obama, O’Rourke was tapped to join the Michigan Democratic Party, ultimately becoming the Director of Party Relations. Within that role, O’Rourke managed staff and worked directly with local counties, congressional districts, Democratic clubs, and constituency caucuses. O’Rourke also assisted in the planning and execution of the Party’s annual fundraising dinner, a 1,500-person gala and awards ceremony.
In 2014 O’Rourke became the Michigan State Deputy Field Director for National League of Conservation Voters and ultimately became the Field Director Michigan League of Conservation Voters. There she led a team of field organizers based in different regions across the state. She managed a staff of 15 Field organizers and 4 Regional Field Directors who worked to educate and build support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.
In 2016 O’Rourke was named the Michigan Democratic Party’s Young Democrat of the Year, due in large part to her extensive volunteering and commitment to building up other young leaders. She regularly volunteers her time with the MDP and is an active member of the MDP’s Youth Caucus. She is also an instructor with the Great Lakes Political Academy, an innovative organization which gives young people in Michigan the tools they need to run a campaign and be successful in politics.
Kelsey Taber, Associate
Kelsey Taber is the newest Associate at Capitol Fundraising Associates. In her role she helps the team with project management of a large portfolio of clients. This includes supporting the event planning of large client events, executing fundraising plans and assisting with the creation of fundraising written materials.
Kelsey graduated from Michigan State University in 2015 with a degree in Advertising Management. She started her career in a digital marketing role evolving her skills and passion for writing, building brands and building client relationships. The skills she’s gained so far directly translate to her role at CFA by giving her a unique perspective about how to emotionally appeal to an audience of donors and build relationships.
Outside of work Kelsey enjoys traveling with her fiancé John, attending boxing classes and is the Vice President of a new a music non-profit Loudspace, Inc. that gives Lansing residents access to music equipment and Pop-Up jams who would otherwise not be able to do so.
Roseann Zumbrink, Associate
Roseann Zumbrink has been a part of the Capitol Fundraising Associates (CFA) team since the summer of 2011. Roseann works primarily with the Volunteers of America Michigan (VOA) chapter.
Prior to joining CFA, Roseann served on the advisory board for VOA for four years. It was during that time that she saw first-hand the growing homelessness in the state and the importance of the programs and services provided by VOA.
Roseann works on all VOA events in the Greater Lansing area, including their annual fundraising events, “Homeless No More” and the region’s Veteran Tribute which annually honors a veteran who has remained committed to service of others even following their military service. Roseann also assists in the Southeast MI fundraising strategy for VOA.
As an alumnus of Michigan State University, Roseann is a lifelong Spartan fan and can regularly be seen at MSU sporting events. She is a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and an important part of the CFA family.
Carol Conn, Founder
Carol Conn is the Founder of Capitol Fundraising Associates, and she retired in 2017. She has had extensive hands on experience developing and implementing individual and corporate fundraising campaigns. She has also worked on annual giving campaigns and special events and has supervised the preparation of grant applications. One of her clients was the Michigan Political Leadership Program, which is a part of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research housed in MSU’s College of Social Science. Carol also did fundraising for Volunteers of America Michigan and the Greater Lansing Food Bank.
Former community involvement includes: The Michigan Festival, founding Board Member, Vice President and President; Lansing Community College, Co-Chair of LCC 2000 Blue Ribbon Committee; Board Member and Co-Chair of the Governor’s Arts Awards for Concerned Citizens for the Arts in Michigan; and Opera Company of Mid-Michigan, Founding Member, Member of the Board of Directors and President.
Allen Neighborhood Center
Children’s Trust Fund
City of East Lansing
Communities In Schools - Michigan
Curtis Hertel, Jr. for State Senate
Debbie Dingell for Congress
Friends of Jim Berryman
Governor's Council on Physical Fitness/Michigan Fitness Foundation
Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness
Greater Midland Dow Tennis Classic
Granholm for Governor
Habitat for Humanity of Michigan
Holy Cross Services
Ingham Regional Medical Center
John D. Dingell for Congress
Kate Segal for Michigan
Kevin Hertel for State Representative
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Michigan Association of School Boards’ Foundation for Educational Leadership
Michigan Cannabis Coalition
Michigan Chiropractic Foundation
Michigan Civic Action Fund
Michigan Civic Engagement Fund
Michigan Democratic Party
Michigan Political History Society
Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University
Michigan State Housing and Development Authority
MSHDA - Hamtramck Museum
MSHDA - Idlewild
MSHDA - McGregor Library
National Governor’s Association
Rebekah Warren for State Senate
Refugee Development Center
Schor Lansing Fund
South Lansing Community Development Association
Tomorrow's Child/ Michigan SIDS
Volunteers of America - Michigan
Whitmer Gilchrist Inaugural Committee