testimonials

PRAISE FOR JOAN McBRIDE AND GREATRAKE, McBRIDE & ASSOCIATES, INC.

The Foothill Foundation at Foothill Presbyterian Hospital recently developed a new Web site with splendid and able assistance and copywriting by Joan McBride. We are continuing development of the site with stories profiling long-time donors who have included the hospital in their philanthropic plans. Joan is doing great work for us by writing these biographies in a timely way that honors those whose stories we are telling while helping to extend the culture of philanthropy in our community.
--Mike Foxworth, Executive Director
The Foothill Foundation (Glendora, CA)


Joan McBride exhibits the highest professional standards in her work. She brings an excellent skill set, a broad range of experience in working with non-profit organizations, and an unparalleled work ethic. She is highly detail-oriented and displays extraordinary follow-through on tasks. She has been an invaluable partner on numerous projects through the years, and I consider her one of the finest consultants I have ever worked with.
--Shelley Hoss, President
Orange County Community Foundation


Joan McBride is top notch! I greatly respect her personal skills and professional ability to interact so well with donors. On the several occasions that she has interviewed donors and then written a case statement or article for me, she showed great skill at getting to the heart of the story – no re-writes necessary! A case statement she developed has greatly simplified my work by allowing me to use parts of the “long version” in a variety of ways. Best of all, she took very little of my time and met deadline—in short, she was really an extra pair of helping hands!
--Milly Muzzy
Director of Development, College of the Arts
California State University, Fullerton


Joan McBride has handled a wide variety of jobs for Coastline Community College and Coastline Community College Foundation for many years. She is a pleasure to work with—knowledgeable, organized, personable, and committed to doing a professional and effective job. Besides helping with Foundation special events and planning annual and special campaigns, Joan has prepared public relations materials, helped with board development, and made recommendations regarding planned giving and other special development efforts. I especially appreciate the fact that she makes a personal commitment to the organization and the cause for which she is working.
--Leslie Purdy
President Emeritus, Coastline Community College


Joan has been a University of California, Irvine Extension instructor in the Fund-Raising Certificate program since 1999. In her time with us, she has made a substantial contribution to our fund-raising program and is highly regarded for her expertise in a number of classes for the adult continuing education student. Her teaching has included Fundamentals of Fund-Raising and Strategic Planning and Marketing for Fund-Raising. On a personal note, Joan is genuine, warm, articulate and possessing a true passion for making a difference in the world. In short, she is a joy to work with.
--Kirwan Rockefeller, Director, Arts, Humanities & Fund-Raising
University Extension, University of California, Irvine


As a busy manager with several staff and departments to oversee at Coastline Community College, I was grateful for not only Joan McBride's high-level of expertise and superb knowledge of fund development, but also for her strong organizational skills, efficiency, creativity, and professionalism. Joan exceeded my expectations for working with a non-profit consultant and greatly benefited our organization's bottom line. I would highly recommend Joan McBride’s services to anyone who is interested in maximizing their organization’s potential for fund development.
--Racheal Rodriguez McCabe, former Executive Director of Coastline Community College Foundation & Director of Public Relations, Coastline Community College


The OCHCC hired Joan McBride to facilitate our retreat and work with our board to create our first 3-Year Strategic Plan for the Chamber. She did an excellent job facilitating the group to get them to make decisions and become action oriented. The board was extremely pleased with the amount of detail we received for our strategic plan. Joan also gave us an excellent rate and was invaluable to our planning process. I highly recommend her. 
--Priscilla Lopez, Former President & CEO, Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


Joan has been a great asset to our organization. In her role as a direct mail consultant for us, she has been easy to work with, has great ideas and always meets her deadlines. She is especially sensitive to telling our clients' stories in a respectful yet compelling way. I'd highly recommend Joan!  
--Sara Bazant, Director of Marketing, Orangewood Children's Foundation


Joan is a wonderful person to work with. We have worked together on several projects in developing websites. She is thorough and excellent in dealing with the clients and understanding how to present their information in various written and web formats. She is able to generate effective marketing materials and keep projects on track." 
--Denise Davies, Senior Consultant, Aleph Consulting