Authentic, Creative, Enthusiastic, Diligent.

Meet Mary Dell.

Mary Dell is a true connector. With more than 15 years of experience working with nonprofits in healthcare, sexual trauma services and animal rescue, Mary Dell excels in building lasting relationships and integrating complex information into cohesive projects. Her passion for volunteer management, annual giving, and community engagement keeps her connecting dots for her clients. 

Mary Dell holds an MBA from  USC’s Moore School of Business and has aCertificate in Nonprofit Management from Winthrop University. She waswas recognized by the Columbia Regional Business Report as a 2017 Influential Woman in Business and in 2019 by the AFP Central South Carolina Chapter as Outstanding Fundraising Executive.

Optimizing Transitions | Expanding Opportunities.

StopGap Solutions.

You know what you need done, but you’re not quite sure of all the details. It StopGapexcels at developing flexible project plans for developing circumstances  that may require short-term and full-time help or be a longer term need on a part-time basis. Our team excels in transitional situations that helps to bridge, or stop the gap within an organization including project management, executive transition and development.


Contracting with StopGap Solutions will ensure the project is successfully executed without creating a human resources burden or capacity issue for the organization. We can help close out grant funded projects with fewer than 3 months left on the clock or start at the beginning of a multi-year commitment and see the opportunity through to success.


Most nonprofit organizations cannot afford a gap in leadership or key functions during a transitional period. StopGap can provide interim leadership allowing an organization to assess the real needs for a position before entering the hiring process, while providing regular reporting about the ongoing state of affairs. This ensures continued operations and provides assistance with the hiring and onboarding process. 


One of the most complex relationships in a nonprofit is between the Director of Development and Executive Director. This relationship is key to the financial success of the organization, but rarely is either party satisfied with how things are working. StopGap Solutions can play an intermediary role providing comprehensive supervision and coaching to development staff.




Why should we hire interim help?

A StopGap is a bridge that will temporarily alleviate a problem. Organizations save obvious cost by not having an interim, but loss of efficiency and gaps in effectiveness have significant long-term costs.   A few reasons you might want to consider an interim manager: - A senior staff member is taking a leave of absence for maternity or medical leave. - The Board of Directors decides to offer an effective leader a much deserved sabbatical to encourage them to stay with the organization. - The organization is going through a [...]

Fantasy Board Draft

I have never participated in Fantasy Football and I don't see that changing any time soon. Not my area of expertise! Let's twist this fantasy game on the nonprofit sector starting with boards. Whenever nonprofit leaders gather, there is always discussion about the board of directors. We like to know what's working and what's dysfunctional. Just for fun, let's have a fantasy board member draft. Who do you want on your squad?   Since this is a fantasy, let's take this all the way. This board is diverse AND inclusive [...]

Isn’t this what I pay staff to do?

Let me guess. You have a running to do list. It hasn't seen an end in more than a decade. Your priorities are constantly jumbling and everything is an emergency. Are you thinking about curling up under your desk to take a quick nap? How's the stash in your emergency snack drawer? Should we start calling it a meal drawer because those snacks served as 9:00pm desk dinner quite a few times this month?   Technology hasn't advanced yet to a point where you can temporarily add a third arm [...]



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