Cantor Jennifer Rueben & Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg conduct a Baby Naming at Ohef Sholom

Cantor Jennifer Rueben & Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg conduct a Baby Naming at Ohef Sholom

We really enjoyed working with Allison. Her pleasant and professional demeanor helped ease any anxiety we had about undertaking a comprehensive development plan and fundraising campaign. She fully immersed herself in our organization to gain a firsthand understanding of our culture, vision and goals. Our investment with her was invaluable and exceeded our expectations.
— Karen Fine, President, Ohef Sholom Temple Board of Directors & 175th Anniversary Campaign Co-Chair

Allison M. Bough, MBA CFRE

President & AFP Master Trainer


I’m the founder and President of SparkNonprofit, LLC, and I've been an active nonprofit fundraiser and board member since 1993. I had the pleasure and challenge of serving as the chief development officer for 3 nonprofit organizations and campaign consultant on dozens of major fundraising campaigns throughout the southeast. Being a Navy spouse took me across the US and even overseas, but since 1999 Hampton Roads has felt like home.

Working with board members, staff, and volunteers to achieve big goals is some of the most meaningful work I’ve ever done.

In my own life, I live out philanthropy by volunteering for several local organizations and donating at least 10% of profits to local nonprofits in Hampton Roads. 

When I'm not working, I love to travel, spend time with family, walk my dogs, blow hot glass at the Perry Glass Studio, and watch SEC football. 

Reach out to me at and let's talk about how your organization can improve your fundraising.


  • AFP Master Trainer

  • MBA, Meredith College, Raleigh NC

  • BA, Economics & Business, Hollins University, Roanoke VA

  • CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) 2000-current

  • Board Member, Association of Fundraising Professionals - Hampton Roads

  • Board Member, Hampton Roads Gift Planning Council

  • Member, Hampton Roads Estate Planning Council

  • Philanthropy Committee, Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia

  • Education Panel, United Way of South Hampton Roads

  • Welcome Desk, Soup Kitchen & NEST, First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk

  • Instructor, Association of Fundraising Professionals - Hampton Roads

  • Instructor, Tidewater Community College Academy for Nonprofit Excellence

  • Past Instructor, University of Richmond - Institute on Philanthropy