Ali R. McLane

Job Title: Chief Consultant

Organization: McLane Consulting

Degree(s): Bachelor's and master's degrees in communications studies

Ali R. McLane has been a fundraising operations consultant for more than 20 years, specializing in prospect screening development, analysis and implementation. As one of the original owners of Prospect Information Network’s P!N, the screening product that ultimately became ResearchPoint, Ms. McLane developed the first comprehensive vetting and implementation program for screening results, working with more than 500 clients. Prospect Information Network was ultimately acquired by Blackbaud in 2008. 

In 2017, Ms. McLane joined Lois L Lindauer Searches, an executive recruiting firm specializing in the Advancement industry. Prior to LLLS. Ms. McLane worked at consulting firms like Bentz Whaley Flessner and Dini Partners, as well as higher education, University of Houston, University of Tulsa and Texas Tech University and Health Science Center.

Ms. McLane is the co-chair of the Fundraising Operations certification program at Rice University’s Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership, teaching the Prospect Research and Donor Relations classes, while also serving as a mentor to the students working toward the certification. She is also an instructor at Austin Community College’s Center for Nonprofit Management.

Ms. McLane is a co-founder, past president, and board member of the Southwest Chapter of the Association of Professional Researchers (APRA). She is a past president of APRA of Greater Houston and is a charter member of the Association of Advancement Services Professionals, serving on their prospect development best practices committee. Ms. McLane is a volunteer with APRA International, serving on the 2010 Nominating committee and the 2011 APRA International Conference Curriculum Planning Committee, 2013 online education committee. She is a frequent conference presenter, including APRA, AFP, CASE, AHP and specialized fundraising organizations.

Ali holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communications studies from Texas Tech University. She is an active member of the Texas Tech University College of Media and Communication Advisory Board.

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