Lisa has the distinction of working as the first Director of Development for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Foundation for Philanthropy. It was a career cornerstone and Lisa was deeply invested in the mission and dedicated to pursuing best practice in fundraising through learning and collaboration with the top leaders in the field of fundraising and philanthropy. FundSource espouses the principles and practices touted by AFP for all who serve in the profession.

Prior to joining the nonprofit world full-time, Lisa spent ten years working on Capitol Hill in both the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives, most recently as Deputy Chief of Staff for a Member of Congress. It was here that a commitment to service was formed and continues to this day. 

Lisa has served on the City of Alexandria’s Commission for the Arts and Commission on Aging. She is the current Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (DC Chapter) NOVA Affinity Group. Lisa is also Fundraising Expert with Network for Good's DonorPath service. 


Nonprofit Management |Strategic and Organizational Planning | Development Planning and Implementation | Capacity Building 

Founder & President

We have been in the trenches: understaffed, underfunded and overworked; constituent needs that surpass resources; board and funder expectations that drain staff time; big dreams that end with the phrase "if only we had the funding."

We have worked in start-ups and 100 year-old organizations; with local service providers and national issue driven groups; as part of international professional societies and multi-national cultural foundations, and on political campaigns. We have served homeless, elderly and disabled persons; advocated for affordable housing and fair clean water policies; supported professional fundraising training and ​ethics; and have donated to and volunteered for dozens of other causes along the way.  We have walked in your shoes, and we get it.

Standards of Conduct

FundSource proudly adheres to the highest ethical fundraising practices and principles as outlined in the

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Code of Ethical Principles and Standards. 

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Professional Affiliations

Lisa Baranello is the Founder and President of FundSource, a consultancy focused on nonprofit management and organizational development for small and medium-sized nonprofits. Skilled at aiding new organizations and setting up and launching new development programs and departments, Lisa provides expert organizational, strategic, capacity building, and fundraising strategies that empower groups with the tools they need to thrive.

Lisa is a former nonprofit executive with career experience in the government, advocacy, and independent sectors. She has been actively involved in the field of philanthropy for more than fifteen years – as a vice president of development; vice chair of a board of directors; director of development; fund development consultant; and as a volunteer for numerous organizations – and is wholly committed to serving the needs of mission-driven organizations.