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Advancement Experts exists to help nonprofit organizations build capacity, strengthen service to others, and sustain their community-building work through transformational advancement strategies.

With more than 60 years of leadership, fundraising, and teaching experience, partners Vicki Pugh and John Carreon have expertise in all areas of non-profit work and offer services around vision-based strategic planning, board and leadership development, organizational structure and alignment, philanthropic culture creation, major gift cultivation, and solicitation, capital campaign planning and implementation planned and legacy giving, and annual support development.

Advancement Experts also provides consultation with individuals and families in creating multi-generational philanthropic plans. The company is built on best practices in the industry and led by two nonprofit powerhouses who call upon their extensive advancement knowledge, plus their teaching experience with The Fund Raising School at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, to help organizations maximize their social impact.

Embedded in the work of Advancement Experts are our Mission, Vision, and Core Values:


We form transformational philanthropic partnerships with nonprofit organizations and strategically engage board and staff members in building a culture of philanthropy that ensures maximum social impact.



Our clients are realizing transformational and sustainable social impact.


Innovation with Intention:  We enable those we serve to think strategically, openly, and creatively in addressing social issues that impact their communities.  


Community First:  We consider community wellbeing in every move we make with and for our clients, partners, and communities.


Driven by Purpose:  We default to the purpose of our clients and communities, and each other over self-gain. 

Acceptance with Grace:  We seek to understand and accept the beliefs, preferences, and dispositions of every organization and individual without assumption or judgment.

Our Experts

Vicki Pugh

Partner & Co-CEO

John Carreon

Partner & Co-CEO