Plentiful concentrates on the intersections between beneficiary and benefactor to increase philanthropic impact. The key is to understand what connects donors to the mission. It’s mindset and skillset, rational and emotional, brand management and fundraising. It’s the hard work of establishing a relationship-driven culture and a disciplined development practice, rather than simply creating another campaign.


A world of abundant philanthropy. 


You work to do good. We work with you to do better. 


Sharon Steele, Founding Partner

Sharon grows things. The founder of Plentiful, Sharon is a proven organizer, fundraiser, and movement-builder.

She served as the Founding CEO of The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, consultant to the Women’s Funding Network, San Francisco, California, advisor to the global Women Moving Millions campaign in its inaugural year, and is a founder of The Matriots, an Ohio PAC dedicated to helping more women win elective office. The PAC raised more than one million dollars in its first year and ranked as the second largest PAC in Ohio as of the 2018 semi-annual reporting period.  

As a partner and chief marketing officer of a national branding agency, Sharon helped to establish higher education as the agency’s largest portfolio, leading client engagements for the development of Fundraising and Admissions campaigns for clients that include Smith College, the University of Arizona, Pratt Institute, Sewanee: The University of the South, and many more.

Sharon has served in leadership of the governing boards for a variety of community organizations.


Carey Schmitt, Partner

Carey brings 15 years of experience and expertise creating actionable strategies for clients. She focuses on collecting insights and analysis to inform clear strategic recommendations. Her work includes helping nonprofit organizations develop and implement strategic plans, brand platforms, communications and engagement plans, and targeted fundraising campaigns. In each, the key is to find authentic ways to connect with an audience and mobilize supporters for a mission. Such client relationships have included The Womens Fund of Central Ohio, YWCA Columbus, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, and over 30 colleges and universities.

She’s also partnered with a wide range of for-profit companies to strategically communicate their value to numerous stakeholder audiences. Using a foundation of brand strategy and customer-engagement principles, she helps companies and corporations increase sales opportunities and uncover new revenue potential. Experiences with organizations in the for-profit world such as Worthington Industries, Herman Miller, Food Network, Net Jets, and Nationwide provide valuable references for the social sector.

Carey began her career in public policy, as a legislative director in the House of Representatives, which helped shape a strong understanding of how to communicate complex and dynamic ideas in clear, compelling, and responsible ways.

The Women Have Options board of directors had the privilege to work with Plentiful during our most recent strategic-planning process that culminated in the decision to hire our first-ever paid Executive Director. From initial needs-assessment with board leadership, facilitated conversation, transition planning and strategic messaging, Plentiful helped ensure continuity of leadership and clarity of message to donors and constituents. Their support has been essential to the organization’s campaign fundraising successes and donor retention through this transition.
— Adam Fazio, Board of Directors | Women Have Options/Ohio