Meet Rita Fuerst Adams

Current life (Title)

President, Charitable and Philanthropic Management Counsel


Tell us about your business/occupation & how you ended up where you are today. 

I transform nonprofits and social impact organizations into better funded, more effective organizations; and build internal and external teams to increase and diversify funding. I work best with entrepreneurial, collaborative organizations focused on the common good. After building a consulting firm in Ohio and moving to DC to build the fundraising program for an international organization, I decided I wanted to return to consulting and live in the Northeast. I chose Boston as my new home for me and my cat, Hissie Face. We arrived in Boston in the summer of 1997 before we had landed our first client for Charitable and Philanthropic Management Counsel. Now in the San Francisco Bay Area, I find it a welcoming environment for those of us interested in the common good and increasing our impact though entrepreneurial activities, collaboration, and partnerships.



Channeling a team's passions into a chorus.


Loves to talk about

Philanthropy for All; Entrepreneurship for Nonprofits; Collaborations, Partnerships, and Mergers; Building Internal and External Teams to Increase and Diversify Funding; Civility and Diversity


Pet Peeve

Lack of civility and respect for diversity.


Wants to help you with

Transforming your organization into a better funded, more effective organization; and building your internal and external teams to increase and diversify funding.


Describe your typical workday?

1) Review client progress and look for opportunities to take them one step beyond where they thought they could go. 2) Connect with others seeking social change. 3) Seek ways to expand my knowledge and to share with others working for the common good.


What is the biggest challenge you face in your business/job & how do you overcome it?

Sharing a client's unique culture in a way that compels others to join them in their mission and vision. I begin by listening to all involved to understand and experience its values and philosophy of care.


How do you keep yourself motivated?

Remembering philanthropy/generosity are key to social change. Charity relieves need; philanthropy rewards promise.


"Go to" quote or mantra?

"Consideration is imagination on a moral track." P.M. Forni


What inspires you?

Social problem solvers focused on the common good.


What is the best advice you have ever received?

Treat your staff like volunteers and your volunteers and your organization's clients as if they are your boss.


What advice would you give to your younger self?

Listen to your mother.


What are your "go to" business books?

Sprint; Choosing Civility; The Hard Thing About Hard Things; Designs for Fund-Raising


What are your favorite productivity tips or hacks (apps, tools, organizational methods)?

Place it on your calendar. If you schedule it you will get it done. This includes preparation time for meetings as well time for exercise and other self care.