The Team

Tanushree Srivastava

Tanushree SrivastavaPartner and co-founder, Tanushree Srivastava brings management, operations and governance assistance to nonprofit organizations in India through educational tools, coaching, workshops and information sharing. While her undergraduate college degree is in mechanical engineering, Tanushree is choosing nonprofit capacity building as her career. Tanushree lives in New Delhi and spends some of the year in Kausani, known as the Switzerland of India in the Himalayan Mountains.


James M. Schaffer

James M SchafferPartner and co-founder,  Jim Schaffer spent the first half of his 30-year fundraising career working directly with the founders of Covenant House, AmeriCares and the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp during the earliest years of each of these leading organizations. He spent the second half serving dozens of charities large and small. Paul Newman and Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners offer letters of introduction. Jim is based in Connecticut (USA).


Hippie Tendencies

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Hippie Tendencies (here and here) writes music with a message – and perhaps for your charity. Here is their Youtube channel. Charity Spring is working with these talented artists based in Verona, Italy, to create new ways to advance causes and to thank donors through song, music video and performance. Led by the warm voice of the charismatic American singer/ songwriter Lisa Marie Simmons, accompanied by four prestigious Italian musicians, Marco Cremaschini on piano,  Massimo Saviola on Bass, Cesare Valbusa on Drums, and Christian Codenotti on Acoustic Guitar, Hippie Tendencies defies genre labeling, but its strengths are clearly Jazz, Pop, Blues, and Folk.

Lisa Bell


Lisa Bell became a professional singer and songwriter twelve years ago to promote the healing benefits of music and positive living. Based in Boulder, Colorado and working with a host of legendary artists (one of her videos here), Lisa’s international career extends her gifts and wisdom far and wide. Today, Lisa is both a successful performing artist and a coach to emerging artists – and to nonprofits – working to strengthen their communications.

Lisa demonstrates in her work and volunteer leadership that music can change the world because it changes people. One of Lisa’s many collaborators is fellow team member here, Lisa Marie Simmons and Hippie Tendencies. Music brings people together.  Where words leave off, Lisa’s powerful art begins. Charity Spring promotes the use of music to advance charitable causes because music expresses what cannot be said but what must not be left silent. Lisa is one of the very few who know how to set a good cause to music.

Richard D. Brauer


Rich Brauer is president of Brauer Productions, Inc., an independent film and video production company he founded in 1977, after graduating with a B.A. in Motion Picture Production and Undersea Photographic Technology from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA. After many years of making films for a wide variety of clients, Brauer received the “Michigan Filmmaker of the Year” award at the 2009 Traverse City Film Festival, presented by filmmaker Michael Moore.  Past recipients have been actor Jeff Daniels, writer Kurt Luedtke, and actress Christine Lahti. Brauer has directed nine feature films and hundreds of corporate, non-profit and commercial projects. He works as a Director/DP and supports many independent filmmakers and has numerous films in development. He has three adult children and three grandkids and lives on an old fruit farm on Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City, Michigan.

Elizabeth Sexton Rivers


Elizabeth Sexton Rivers is both a singer-entertainer and a professional event planner. She performs regularly in her hometown of Traverse City, Michigan (USA) and she is just as much loved by her many fans the world over who have felt her expert care, such as London & Partners, the official promotional agency for the City of London. Major cruise lines, hotels, a film and video studio, incentive travel agencies, and corporations and charities too numerous to list here have entrusted Elizabeth with their most important accounts and occasions. From producing the most intimate gatherings to managing the infinite details of groups of hundreds of people at a time traveling to cities as far flung as Beijing or Cairo, London or Istanbul, clients know they can count on Elizabeth’s ability to negotiate favorable vendor contracts, accurate budget planning and on-time delivery. Elizabeth is a miracle worker at making special events flawless and fun, stirring and unforgettable. As your virtual partner in planning your gala or as your on-site planner and/or emcee and entertainment, Elizabeth brings joy, creative energy, and the calming effect of 20-years of world class experience on the bandstand and on the phone to ensure that your “signature” event possesses the production values that honor your organization’s mission.

Minuteman Press


Greg Duffey at Minuteman Press of Norwalk (Connecticut) is Charity Spring’s preferred provider for offset and digital printing, high speed copying, wide format printing, bindery, and mailing services.

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