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About Us

Mission: To empower nonprofits to become financially sustainable to fulfill their missions

Vision: Those served by nonprofits flourish

Warmth - kindness in all our interactions
Integrity - honesty in all we say and do

Faith - trust in God's guidance and provision
Excellence - exceptional quality work and return on investment


Meet the Team

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Alison L. Finstad, MPA, CFRE

Founder and Principal

Alison has more than 25 years of nonprofit experience, playing integral fundraising roles in local and international nonprofits with budgets spanning $100,000 to $100 million. She started Benezet Advisors to impact exponentially more nonprofits to financial success and sustainability.


Alison has a Master's in Public Administration, a certificate in Marketing from the Simon School of Business, a Bachelor's in Anthropology from University of Rochester, and the Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. Alison is a past executive board member of Association of Fundraising Professionals-Genesee Valley Chapter and provides volunteer fundraising leadership to causes she cares about. She lives in Penfield, NY with her husband, two kids, the dog, and makes training for triathlons a priority.

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Olivia Williams

Executive Assistant

Olivia supports the Benezet Advisors team and clients in a variety of ways including administration, IT, and marketing. She received a Bachelors of Business Administration from Francis Marion University and has a background in IT in the finance industry. Olivia thrives when serving others and is inspired to make a difference in the world through supporting a diverse array of nonprofits.  

Anthony Benezet is Alison Finstad's eight-times-great-granduncle. Benezet was a French Quaker who lived in Philadelphia in the 1700s. He was a close friend of Benjamin Franklin and worked ceaselessly toward the abolition of slavery and education of people of color. He is also considered the "Father of Philanthropy" in recognition of his boldness in asking presidents and royalty around the world for financial help to free slaves. Alison is proud and humbled to name Benezet Advisors after this exemplary ancestor.

Oprah Magazine mentions Anthony Benezet: Little-Known Black History Facts You May Not Have Learned In School.


We help nonprofits become financially successful and sustainable.

Need help? Contact us today!

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