Thank you for speaking to the Tidewater Youth Services Foundation Board of Directors last week at our annual retreat. We are grateful for the time and effort you took to share your expertise and experiences with capital campaign planning and implementation with us. Your years of research, your depth of understanding, and your ability to present on the subject in such an interesting way produced one of the most memorable retreats in our group’s history. While campaign planning is not easy, the knowledge you passed on to our group will be used for years to come.
— Susan Drewery, Executive Director, Tidewater Youth Services Foundation

Allison M. Bough, MBA CFRE



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. Past projects include the USS Wisconsin, Norfolk SPCA, Virginia Stage Company, Symphonicity, St. Mary's Home, Schooner Virginia, Montpelier, State Fair of Virginia, Vanguard Landing, and the Sandler Center/UJFT. 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.


  • MBA, Meredith College, Raleigh NC

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

  • 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