• New Jersey


244 New Jersey 94
Suite 3
New Jersey
United States

About Us

DLBHICKS' mission is to provide philanthropic counsel and support to nonprofits that work at every level – grassroots to global – to fulfill the promise of people and bring positive, lasting change to the places where they live.

Services include:


Development Audits – a look under the hood to assess what you well, what can be improved and how to raise more money for your mission

Development Planning – creating a “roadmap” to guide fundraising success for your organization

Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies – the first step to a successful capital campaign


Personal coaching - for CEOs, development professionals, and volunteer leaders

Topical Seminars – presentations for your staff, board, volunteers or constituents on a variety of topics related to nonprofit and fundraising success

"Of Counsel" – on-call advice, guidance and support when you need it


Grant seeking – creating a grants outreach – from planning to proposal submission to reporting

Prospect research and strategy – information, intelligence and insights to maximize your success with donors

Logistical support – list management, administrative support . . . all the little things that can mean a lot (of money raised, that is)

John Hicks, CFRE is Principal of DLBHICKS, LLC.  Over a career of nearly 30 years, John has worked with a diverse and broad group of nonprofits ranging from grassroots organizations to national and international not-for-profits. He provides consultation and strategic guidance for annual and capital fund raising programs. Additionally, he counsels not-for-profits on building managerial, fundraising, and board capacity.

John is a member of the faculty of Columbia University's Master's Degree in Nonprofit Management program and a lecturer for the Rutgers University Institute for Ethical Leadership in best practices in fundraising and board management. He has been awarded "Stellar Speaker" status by The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and has appeared as a featured speaker for The Foundation Center, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Institute of Fundraising (UK). John is a contributing author to After the Grant (Foundation Center, 2010) and to The Nonprofit Handbook: Fund Raising (Wiley, 2001) and has published articles with Fund Raising Management and Advancing Philanthropy.

A Certified Fund Raising Executive, John is a former member of the Board of Directors of AFP International and the AAFRC Trust for Philanthropy. He is past president of the AFP New York City Chapter and has served as Chair of Fund Raising Day in New York, the nation's largest one-day conference on philanthropy. John holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Hartford. He has completed professional education courses with the Lake Forest School of Management and Harvard University's Program on Negotiation.