Will Carol Work for Free?

A list of Carol's pro bono clients and the rules of working for free

A list of Carol's Pro Bono Clients



  1. January 9
    Food and Fitness
    St. Louis, MO
  2. January 20
    Alton Community Theater
    Alton, IL
  3. February 13
    SLPGA Bootcamp
    St. Louis, MO
  4. April 14
    Fit and Food Connection
    St. Louis, MO
  5. September 13
    London, England



  1. New Mexico Wildlife Center
    Santa Fe, NM
  2. Meds and Food for Kids
    April 12
    St. Louis
  3. American Voices
    St. Louis, MO
  4. Ladue Chapel
    February 18
    St. Louis, MO
  5. New Life Evangalistic Center
    St. Louis, MO
  6. ALS Florida Chapter
    Tampa, FL
  7. Rainbow Village
    St. Louis, MO
  8. HFLA
    Akron, Ohio
  9. BoardSource
    Seattle, WA
  10. Rainbow Village
    November 6
    St. Louis
  11. The Crossing
    St. Louis, MO
  12. The Yellow Butterfly House
    St. Charles


  1. World Affairs Council
    February 29
    St. Louis, MO
  2. Delta Center for Independent Living
    March 8
    St. Louis, MO
  3. The Fit and Food Connection|
    St. Louis, MO
  4. AFP of Sarasota
    April 12, Sarasota, FL
  5. The National School Foundation Association
    April 18
    St. Louis, MO
  6. WIT
    St. Louis, MO
  7. The Junior League of El Paso
    April 29 and 30
    El Paso, TX
  8. Donor Search:
    March 22
  9. American Advertising Federation of Cincinnati
    August 24
    Cincinnati, OH
  10. Easter Seals of the Midwest
    September 15
    St. Louis, MO
  11. United for Children
    September 13
    St. Louis, MO
  12. The Classical Guitar Society of St. Louis
    October 8
    St. Louis, MO



  1. Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action
      March 8
    Las Vegas, NV
  2.  The Gatesworth
    St. Louis, MO

       July 22

       3. The Ladue Education Foundation
            April 21, 2014
            Ladue, MO

       4. The Catalyst Center for Nonprofit Management
            Doyletown, Pennsylvania
            April 22,23

       5. CASA of Missouri
            May 8                        
            Columbia, MO

       6. Jefferson College
           Commencement speaker
           May 16

      7. Main Street Alabama
           May 21
           Birmingham, AL

        8.AFP of Tyler, TX
           September 7 and 8
           Tyler, Texas

        9. BoardSource
         November 10
         New Orleans, LA

     10. Cancer Support Community
           November 9
           Washington, DC

      11. Garden Center Services
           Chicago IL
           Date TBD

      12. AFP of Columbia, MO
            Columbia, MO



Question:  How many free gigs do you do a year?

Answer:  I decided to do 12.

Ultimately, I’m running a for-profit business and had to cap it at some number, and randomly chose 12. Donating approximately $50,000 worth of work seemed to be about all I could handle and still have time to shop, keep up my nails and go to movies with my sweetie. Also, this does not include my personal volunteer work outside of Board Builders. I currently sit on the board the Ladue Education Foundation and have major babysitting responsibilities for my 3 almost perfect grandsons plus mentoring friends who are aspiring speakers and consultants.

Question:  Are there any restrictions?

Answer:  Of course.

If I get a full-paid job, I get to back out with-in three weeks of the scheduled date, so if you aren’t flexible, you are better off just either paying me out of your budget, looking for grant money, asking a board member to fund my visit or seeking other funding to bring me in. If I have to cancel, I will try to get you a replacement, but can’t guarantee it and if you are printing a program book, this might not be the right best route for you.

Question: Do you cancel very often?

Answer:   About 50% of the time I have to reschedule.

A few times its taken 6 months of schedule changes between board commitments and my schedule to get a pro bono job completed. With a few clients I've had to reschedule as much as 3 or 4 times.

Question: Are there any exceptions to your cancelation policy?

Answer: Only one. And that is if I am doing a keynote to an audience of more than 200.

I realize it is very difficult to publicize your event. The other reason is that I totally ADORE doing large keynotes. Just chatting with 2000 of my nearest and dearest is my idea of a really, really good time. The one caveat is that I be allowed to sell books and that your recruit some volunteers to assist me. In return, the volunteers will receive the books of their choice.

Question:  What kind of work are you willing to do for free?

Answer:  I do the same kind of work pro bono as I do for full fee clients.

I do keynotes, board training, retreats and consulting.

Question: If you do a free retreat for us, do we get the same quality of work as if we were paying full freight?

Answer:  Yes and no.

All the prep work is the same. I work absolutely as hard during the retreat, but you are responsible for writing a final report.

Question:  Will you work for less than your customary fee?

Answer:  Rarely. If it is a reduced fee job, it is because I have a very personal connection to the cause. In the rare event of a reduced fee gig, expenses and honorarium are payable up front.

I believe my fees are reasonable and fair. If you can’t afford me, I would be glad to recommend another speaker, consultant or facilitator who is less expensive. I’m frequently asked, “Are they as good as you are?” I always want to say, “Well, of course not” Usually, I bite my tongue and say, “Well, they are just starting out and that is why they charge less” Ultimately, you have three choices:

  1. Find the money and I’ll be on the calendar for you for sure barring a catastrophic occurrence, (I’ve only missed one gig and it was because of a hurricane on the East coast that grounded flights so that I couldn’t get to the West coast.
  2. Be flexible, and I’ll work for you for free
  3. I’ll give you the names of less experienced, less expensive folks

Question:  We do have some money in our budget for an honorarium. Suggestions?

Answer:  I suggest purchasing some of my books. Here's why.

If you have put aside a certain amount of money for an honorarium that is less than my fee and you are getting my services for free, why don't you put the money into purchasing some of my books so that you can reinforce  our work together, your participants can take the message home and I can maintain all my bad habits like shopping and feeding my family?

Question:  Why are you willing to do this?

Answer:  I love what I do.

I’m an old social worker and I’m a lousy businesswoman.

Question:  Will you pay your own expenses for an out-of-town job?

Answer:  I don’t love it that much!

I’m not that bad a businesswoman!

Question: Are there any places you are just dying to work?

Answer:  I love Santa Fe and Marshalltown Iowa and Chicago and New York.

I have always wanted to go to South Africa, New Zealand and Singapore. But I’ve also had a fabulous time in, Peoria, Illinois and Tyler, Texas. Basically, you have a group that wants to make a difference, I’m your gal.


Question: Carol, you were gracious enough to do a pro bono event for us in the past, will you do a second one?

Answer: It is time to get a sponsor or find another consultant who will work for free.

I always have more requests than dates, so as much as we've meant to each other, to work with you a second time for free would mean that I didn't teach you enough about fund raising, you didn't absorb what I said or you want a co-dependent relationship, which isn't good for either of us.

Question:  How do we get on your list?

Answer:  Pick up the phone and call me at 314-8634422 or e-mail me.

Let's talk about what you need and see if there is time on my schedule. (my preference is to discuss your needs by phone unless you have insomnia and are thinking about this in the middle of the night or this is an international request and I'm sleeping!)

Question:  What if there isn’t time this year?

Answer:  We Have a waiting list.

While you wait, you can purchase a books for your team and get going on making some changes right now!



  1. Washington Office on Latin America
    Tucson, AZ

  2. Afp St. Louis, June 26
    St. Louis, MO

  3. The Women Like Us Foundation
    LA or Indianapolis

  4. Florida State Parks
    Naples, FL
    January 18

  5. WCGN Leadership conference
    St. Louis, MO
    April 9, 2014
  6. Gateway Hemophilia Association
    St. Louis, MO
    April 15
  7. Five Acres Animal Shelter
    St. Charles, MO
    April 19
  8. Animal Protective Association
    St. Louis
    August 13
  9. Myocarditis Foundation
    Jersey Shore
    June 6, 7, 8,
  10. AFP
    Columbia, MO
    July 31 and August 1
  11. Missouri Athletic Club
    St. Louis, MO
  12. BoardSource
    October 8,9
    Washington, DC


     1. Anchor Point Counseling Ministry
         Pittsburgh, PA, February 1, 2

     2. Red Cross of America
         Washington, DC, May 17 and 18

     3. Junior League of St. Louis
        St. Louis, MO, February 12

     4. Center For Plant Conservation
         Austin, Texas, April 3,4, 5

     5. Boys and Girls Clubs
        Temecula, CA, January 18, 19

      6. The Optimist Club of Kansas City
          Kansas City, MO, June 22

      7. St. Paul Children's Foundation
          Tyler, TX, April 4, 5

      8. PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs
          Baltimore, MD

      9. United Way of Utah County
          Provo, Utah, April 21, 22, 23

      10. The World Affairs Council
            St. Louis, MO, June 

      11.Christ Child Society of Fort Wayne
          Fort Wayne, Indiana, May 9

      12. The Grace Children's Foundation
            New York and China, TBD


  1. Cancer Support Community
    St. Louis, MO

  2. Lee County Volunteers in Medicine, Inc

  3. January 6 and 7
    Friends of Florida State Parks
    Gainesville, FL

  4. January 21
    Friends of the Children's Eternal Rain Forest
    St. Louis, MO

  5. March 9
    Learning Disabilities Association of St. Louis
    St. Louis, MO

  6. St. Louis Jewish Light
    St. Louis, MO

  7. August 15
    Althoff Catholic High School
    Belleville, IL

  8. June 15, 16, 17
    Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing                                                                                                                 Los Angeles, CA

  9. November 17
    Rainbow Village
    St. Louis, MO

  10. September
    Museum of Linguistics
    Washington, DC

  11. September 21
    AFP of Washington, DC
    Washington, DC

  12. October 19, 20, 21
    American Association of Therapeutic Humor
    San Diego, CA



January 12
CASA of Peoria, IL

January 18
AFP, Peoria, IL

January 27
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Oklahoma, City

February 24
High School of Bermuda

Next Door St. Louis.

March 25
World Affair's Council, Siberian Delegation

April 1
YMCA, St. Louis 

United Helpers Organization, Ogdensburg , NY

April or October
Camp for All Kids

Parent Trust for Washington Children, Washington, DC

June 9, 10
Sing Omaha

September 15                                                                                                                                                    Area Agency on Aging, Belleville, IL                                                            


January 6
De La Salle Middle School at St. Matthew's,  St. Louis, MO

April 17
Christ Child Society, Albany, NY NY

June 25, 26
National Hemophilia Foundation, Newark, NJ

The Anti Defamation League, St. Louis, MO 

March 26
The Louisiana Hospital Association, Baton Rouge, LA

Washington University Nonprofit Management Program

August 9
Texas Literacy Association, Austin, Texas

November 2
Altrusa, St. Louis 

September 23
AFP St. Louis

December 2
Hannibal's Ladies Club

May  11
CSPRC, St. Louis, MO

August 6
YWCA Burlington County, NJ




February 3, 4
Lakeshore Excellence Foundation, Stevenson, MI

January 31
Epilepsy Foundation of San Francisco

February 25-28
Centre for Philanthropy of Bermuda, Bermuda

July 21-23
AFP Washington, DC

Career Discovery and Advancement, South Technical School

Funeral Consumer's Alliance, Burlington, VT

May 12, 13
United Way of Franklin County, MA

November 5, 6
Impact 100, Cincinnati, OH

Altrusa, Columbia, MO

American Public Garden Association, St. Louis, MO

June 6
Shaping Destiny, Houston, TX

June 24
Lindenwood University, St. Louis




Doorways, St. Louis  Board Retreat

St. Elizabeth Hospital, Belleville, IL, Keynote

Washington University Nonprofit Management Program, Keynote

February 22
Ladue School Educational Foundation, Board Retreat

Sept. 27
National Alliance for Thrombosis and Thrombophilia

June 11
AFP Peoria, keynote and breakout

May 12
Parkinson Disease Foundation, St. Louis 

February 27
Volunteer Hampton Road, Norfolk, Virginia, workshops

May 15
Women's Network, Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Columbia, MO

AFP Nebraska

June 21
Missouri Women in Trades-retreat

April 30
National Council on Alcohol and Drug  Abuse-Retreat




St. Louis Women's Journal, St. Louis, MO, Keynote

Epilepsy Foundation, Stevens Point, WI, Board Retreat

ESPW, St. Louis, Consulting

Ladue Chapel, St. Louis, MO, Speech

The Association of Fundraising Professionals, St. Louis, MO

George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington

Association. for Fundraising Professionals, St. Louis, MO

Nebraska Volunteer Service Commission, Lincoln,  NE 

The Press Club, St. Louis, MO, Keynote

Downtown Rotary, St. Louis, MO, Keynote

Family Service of Morris County, NJ. Board Retreat

The Association of Fundraising Professional of Dallas




El-Salam School, St. Louis, MO, Keynote

Down's Syndrome Guild, Kansas City, MO, Board Retreat

National Council for Voluntary Organizations, London, England, Keynote American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts Washington, DC, Board Retreat

AHHSA, Baltimore, Maryland, Half day board and staff training

BoardSource: Edit Policy Manual. Honorarium donated to the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse

George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Keynote

Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation, Retreat

Peer Counseling Program, Washington U. St. Louis, Retreat

Jefferson County Developmental Resources Services

Main Street Georgia, Keynote and half day training




Missouri Botanical Garden

National Council for Voluntary Organizations, London, England

Association of Fundraising Professionals, St. Louis

American Association of University Women, St. Louis

Art and Soul Café, St. Louis Fifth Third Bank, Nonprofit Series, St. Louis University of Wisconsin Extension Service

Junior League, St. Louis, MO Opera America, Detroit, MI

Main Stay Therapeutic Riding Program, Inc, Richmond, IL
Nurses for Newborns, St. Louis, MO

Solomon Schechter Day School, St. Louis 

Children of the World, St. Louis and Guatemala

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