Strategic firm formed

Tom McGuire, Bert Armstrong team up to form philanthropic advisory practice.

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — Three philanthropy veterans have formed Philanthropic Advisory Group to provide strategic and fundraising consulting for nonprofits and foundations, focusing on organizational effectiveness and the creation of partnerships.

The group includes Tom McGuire, former executive director of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation and the North Carolina Symphony, both in Raleigh; Bert Armstrong, former vice president for institutional advancement at the Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh and a former development officer for the North Carolina Museum of Art and for Louisburg College; and Mitty E. Beal of Kennedyville, Md., who also is humanitarian grants director for the Sunshine Lady Foundation in Wilmington.

McGuire’s initial clients include PlayMakers Repertory Company and the Fletcher Foundation, which he is advising on arts and cultural issues.

Armstrong’s initial client is Haven House Services, which is developing a fundraising program with support from The Duke Endowment in Charlotte.

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