Who We Are

We are strategic thinkers and passionate problem solvers. We love what we do, and our enthusiasm for building vibrant, sustainable Maine communities drives us to go the extra mile for our clients.


Gary Friedmann, Senior Counsel

Gary has helped dozens of Maine nonprofits raise more than $80 million over the last 35 years. In addition to designing and carrying out dynamic and creative fundraising campaigns, Gary has trained more than one thousand volunteers and professionals in the theory and practice of successful fundraising in seminars and workshops throughout the state. He founded Gary Friedmann & Associates in 1992 after serving as Director of Development for College of the Atlantic and Director of Operations for Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Gary Chairs the Bar Harbor Town Council and is a graduate of Wesleyan University.  He is Chair Emeritus of A Climate to Thrive, the grassroots initiative to make Mount Desert Island energy independent by 2030.

Mollie Cashwell


Mollie is an experienced project manager who has supported diverse cultural start-ups and non-profits with their sponsorship, event, communications and partnership strategies. Born and raised in central Maine, Mollie spent 10 years working with organizations in New York, Lisbon, London and Berlin before moving to the MDI area in 2019. 

Mollie completed an MA at the Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she researched library policy and models in the UK and the evolving policies and practices surrounding artists' collaborations with archives. She most recently helped launch the German NPR affiliate station KCRW Berlin, and has previously worked with Friedman Benda Gallery, the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition, Goldsmiths, the London International Festival of Theatre, and Nataal, among others.


Kelly Dickson, Senior Counsel

Kelly has nearly 30 years of experience in communications and fundraising in the United States and United Kingdom. She earned a M.Phil in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic before working with the MDI Bio Lab, Friends of Acadia and the Mount Desert Islander as well as Gary Friedmann & Associates, helping several organisations reach their campaign targets. Over the past 11 years she worked with nonprofits in the UK, including The Wildlife Trust for Cambridgeshire, Fauna & Flora International in Cambridge and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation in London.

She is thrilled to return to Mount Desert Island and work with Gary Friedmann & Associates once again. Her specialties include philanthropic communications, strategic planning, event planning, capital campaigns, and managing and motivating volunteers.

Peter J. Heller, Senior Counsel

With over 24 years in the nonprofit world, Peter Heller has raised millions of dollars for many organizations while also strengthening their strategic and financial assets. He taught Major Gifts Fundraising in Columbia’s Fundraising Management Graduate Program, has trained fundraisers at The Foundation Center, is Co-Chair of Gotham Networking’s “Make a Difference” group, and is a member of the Nonprofit Resource Group.



Lynn Hempen, Senior Counsel

With 25 years in the nonprofit sector, including 17 years in senior management roles, Lynn’s experience encompasses strategic planning, campaign management, leadership and major gifts solicitation, proposal writing, annual fund development, board facilitation and training.

Most recently Lynn served for five years as Executive Director of a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, International, increasing fundraising revenue by 50% and doubling the number of families served annually.  As a senior consultant to nonprofit organizations, Lynn has managed capital campaigns, analyzed and reorganized development programs, conducted feasibility/planning studies, led fundraising workshops, facilitated board retreats, and trained volunteer solicitors. Lynn’s special expertise includes fundraising information technologies, prospect management, named gift strategies, donor stewardship, and event planning and production.

Lynn was a Fulbright Scholar and graduated cum laude from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in communications. She earned her masters from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Lynn lives in Bangor with her husband and two teenage boys.  An intrepid traveler and outdoorsperson, you will often find Lynn on Maine’s trails and rivers.


Heidi Welch, Campaign Associate

Heidi has worked for nonprofits for more than 30 years, as an employee, consultant and volunteer. She applies a unique breadth of experience in project coordination, writing, graphic design and education to nonprofit projects. Her specialty is creating striking and articulate publications, brochures and other printed materials. Her background as an environmental educator makes her a particularly eloquent and effective advocate for land trusts and conservation organizations. Heidi received her B.A. from Antioch College.