Providing strategic advice and project management to not-for-profits, we are a resource for growth-oriented organizations.  We collaborate with our clients to recognize opportunity, refine vision, create strategies, connect with stakeholders, and execute complex projects.


Laurie Beckelman and James Capalino founded Beckelman+Capalino in 2005 to provide high-quality consulting services in the cultural, education and historic preservation fields. Dedicated to building and growing sustainable not-for-profits, we work with both new and established organizations on renovation and building initiatives, fundraising, board development, master planning, and team building. For start-up organizations, we provide expertise in concept development, 501c3 formation, governance, and organizational structuring.

Our team, among the most highly regarded in the field, has combined experience in not-for-profit administration and governance, government, real estate development, historic preservation, design and urban planning, and program development. We have a broad base of practical knowledge and are uniquely positioned to guide organizations through complex and varied projects. We also serve our clients with a vast network of relationships with industry leaders in real estate, architecture and design, construction, finance, fundraising, marketing, and staffing.

Beckelman+Capalino works with a limited number of clients at any given time so that we can provide intensive and focused service.  We work collaboratively with our clients and are flexible and responsive to the varied needs and culture of each organization.

Featured Projects


Culture Shed, Inc.

Culture Shed is a not-for-profit organization in New York City that will be an international center for artistic and cultural innovation.  Its commitment to leading artists, as well as an ever-evolving mix of disciplines and audiences, will promote an expansive view of culture rarely seen in a single location – one which aims to redefine how we present and participate in the arts and culture. 





In 2011, NDI opened the doors to the National Dance Institute Center for Learning & the Arts on 147th Street in Harlem, allowing the organization to further its mission and expand its reach, serving as a beacon for children, teachers and artists in the community and worldwide.


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Founded in 1900 by the Spencer and Katrina Trask, Yaddo is an artists' community located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Beckelman+Capalino is working with the Yaddo leadership to prepare the organization as it embarks on a capital project.