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our team: the principals

CoreStrategies for Nonprofits, Inc. is headed by founding partners, Gail Meltzer, CFRE, Robyn Fern Perlman, and Terrie Temkin, Ph.D., executives whose decades-long expertise in all realms of nonprofit management has earned them international acclaim and plaudits.


Gail S. MeltzerGail S. Meltzer, CFRE


In the 1980's, in the midst of an intense karate session in what brain researchers would call a flow moment, Gail had an idea. Then assistant development director for the Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, Gail envisioned the hospital reaping the benefits of national exposure.

She convinced the board and staff to participate in the inaugural Children's Miracle Network Telethon (CMNT), secured a local station to broadcast the event, garnered sponsors to cover the costs, and enlisted volunteers. The annual CMNT fundraiser is now one of the largest telethons in the world and has elevated the profile and status of children's hospitals.

A Children's Hospital executive says the amiable Gail is a tenacious implementer. During her 30+ year career as a senior development officer and consultant in the nonprofit arena, nonprofits have benefited from the comprehensive fund raising programs and major gifts campaigns she has created. Gail has helped senior care facilities, leadership training programs, private schools, police foundations, animal shelters, youth group homes, medical centers, community mental health centers, homeless shelters and museums among many other organizations.

Gail is the founding president of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and for three decades has mentored many fund development professionals, board members, nonprofit staff and volunteers. As president of the consulting firm Fund Raising Advantage, Inc. and now a founding principal of CoreStrategies for Nonprofits, Inc., she loves working with boards and staff to help them embrace fund raising and create dynamic and effective donor relations programs for their organizations.

Gail has also experienced "life on the other side" by serving on numerous nonprofit boards during her career. She has had the distinction of being designated a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 1990, which requires ongoing rigorous documentation of fund raising success as well as service to the profession. Gail has a B.A. from Rutgers University. In the fall of 2009, Gail and Terrie completed an immersion class called the Community Driven Institute, conceived and taught by acclaimed author, teacher and consultant Hildy Gottlieb. Based on her landmark book The Pollyanna Principles, the course provides consultants with a new and inspiring way of looking at the work we do. We also completed a graduate level follow-up course, “Catalyzing the Potential of Others,” in 2013.  


“Gail finds solutions and makes things happen.  She is a strategic thinker and, maybe even more importantly, a good-hearted person.” -


Sherry L. Schlueter

Executive Director

South Florida Wildlife  Center

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Robyn Fern PerlmanRobyn Fern Perlman

Robyn Fern Perlman

While an executive at Caesars World, Robyn Fern Perlman exported the entertainment conglomerate’s motto of glamour, fun and creative enterprise to the hills of Kentucky, putting a serious twist on it. To communities without running water, Robyn imported the ballet. Her vision: children exposed to the arts would grow up knowing that “anything is possible.” With that vision, she helped form the WINGS Foundation, which was instrumental in bringing innovative arts and science programming to children in rural Kentucky.

Robyn’s uncanny ability to develop social enterprises by melding her business acumen with her understanding of the success factor as related to personal leadership helps organization make the necessary “human” changes needed for business success.  She has extensive experience partnering media, corporate entities, celebrities, civic and philanthropic leaders with charitable concerns – developing press conferences, media tours, speaking engagements and community affairs programs on the national level.

Her nonprofit and government clients have included the Urban Land Institute, Florida Department of Transportation, Broward County Transit, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Art of Fort Lauderdale, History Miami, Port Canaveral, The 11th Circuit Dependency Court, Guardian Ad Litem, US - Israel Bi-National Science Foundation, North Broward Hospital District, and the Henderson Behavioral Health Center among others.

As president of R.F. Perlman, Inc., a strategic marketing and public affairs firm founded in 1993, she specialized in the development and implementation of public relations strategies not only for nonprofit organizations, but also initial public offerings, corporate development, technology, retail sales, consumer products, travel and tourism, and patent and copyright issues. She has a unique ability to work in partnership with in-house public relations and marketing executives to help create imaginative campaigns that complement the organization’s objectives.

For example, under the auspices of Warner Bros. Publications Robyn created a national campaign for music education in public schools. She engaged the major press and staged public events in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., corralling the support of the White House, elected officials, school chancellors, principals, teachers, pupils, local orchestras and major musical celebrities.

Robyn – a founding principal of CoreStrategies for Nonprofits, Inc. – has held many positions in her more than 30 years in the business. She has served as senior in-house public relations director, senior corporate public relations liaison and independent consultant for companies such as Lucent Technologies, Saks Fifth Avenue, Kenny Rogers Roasters Corporation and Holland & Knight.

For Caesars World she handled the promotion, publicity and marketing of the Caesars’ image including landmark events such as hotel grand openings, publicity tours, sporting events and various extravaganzas. She collaborated with such diverse entities as Vogue Magazine, Bloomingdales, the designer Diane VonFurstenberg, and national headliners.

Robyn’s knowledge and experience enables her to quickly assess clients’ goals in order to develop comprehensive strategies that ensure quality performance. But, it is her ability to execute business strategies and understand and encourage dialog between key stakeholders that takes her clients to a whole new level.

Robyn currently is developing The Business & Leadership Institute for Early Learning  following her service on the board of the Broward County Early Learning Coalition, which allocates $90 million per year for school readiness programs in the county.  During her tenure at the Coalition she served as Vice Chair and Treasurer.  More importantly she brought Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Wells Fargo, FPL, Nova University, The Children’s Trust and others to work together with early learning center owners and directors to help build their early learning center’s business profitability.  In 2014 she attended The White House Summit on Working Families to present this innovative project.

Robyn also serves as a mentor and chair of the scholarship committee for the Women of Tomorrow Mentoring and Scholarship Program, which has given out more than 4 million dollars in scholarships to senior high school girls in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.  She also is part of their national expansion team funded in part by a 13 million dollar grant from The Knight Foundation.   Her hard work on behalf of these young women was recognized when she was selected as Mentor of the Year, 2009. Robyn also served on the board of Legal Services of Greater Miami and was a founding board member of Women Executive Leadership which helps accomplished women learn about and acquire corporate board seats. She has a B.A. from the University of Miami.


Robyn, I just want to tell you how fabulous this morning was. I am so motivated to reach out to nonprofit organizations. The 3 hours we spent with you was the best all week. You are fabulous. Your presentation "made sense." You really simplfied everything which is so helpful. I had goosebumps at one point.... Anyway, I thought you should know I feel.

Thank You So Very Much,

- Vicki Maxwell

Franchise Owner

Plan Ahead Events


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Terrie Temkin, Ph.D. Terrie Temkin, Ph.D.

Dr. Terrie Temkin is an acknowledged thought leader in the areas of governance, board development and planning.  She is an award-winning speaker and a sought-after group facilitator who, as one meeting planner said, “serves steak with her sizzle.”

Terrie, who brings more than 40 years of nonprofit management, organizational communication and adult education experience to her work, began her consulting life by founding NonProfit Management Solutions, Inc., in 1994.  She rapidly built a solid reputation and an international client base.  Among those clients: the National Council for Voluntary Organizations in England, the Center for Innovative Programming Azerbaijan NGO Project, Pilot International, the National Epilepsy Foundation, the National Immune Deficiency Foundation, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, the National Wildlife Refuge Association, National Business Volunteers for the Arts and Zappkaas in Kenya.  A growing desire to provide her clients with the most unique capacity-building consulting services available to community-benefit organizations led her to co-found CoreStrategies for Nonprofits, Inc.

Known to many as “the Ann Landers of the nonprofit world,” Terrie has authored the “On Nonprofits” Q & A column for 20 years. It has appeared in the Miami Herald, Philanthropy Journal and DUO Magazine, as well as in the newsletters of a number of chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, community foundations and management support organizations. She has written four books, has edited a major anthology on governance, has chapters in four others, and has written and presented numerous papers. Her articles are found in such publications as Advancing Philanthropy, Board Member, Bottom Line Personal, Community Jobs, Consulting Today, Enhance, e-Volunteerism, Journal of Voluntary Action Research, Nonprofit Board Report, Nonprofit Boards and Governance Review, Nonprofit Nuts and Bolts, Nonprofit World, and Strategic Governance.  Staying up with the technology, Terrie also facilitates Webinars for organizations such as the Society for Nonprofit Organizations,  E-Philanthropy, Philanthropy Journal, First Nonprofit, the Society of Advancement of Consulting, United Way-Worldwide and AdvanceU. She is on the editorial committee of Nonprofit Business Advisor and Nonprofit World. Previously, she served three years as co-editor of Nonprofit Boards and Governance Review.

Besides working with her own clients, Terrie regularly works with nonprofit management support organizations around the country.  Believing in the need to educate future leaders in the philanthropic field motivates her to also serve as an adjunct faculty member at Florida Atlantic University, teaching in its graduate program in nonprofit management.

Terrie is very active in the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, serving on both the Governance Committee and the Governance Affinity Group. And, she is a member of the Dean's Advisory Committee of the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University.

Locally, she was actively involved on the Creative Economy Committee for Broward County’s Cultural Plan 2020. She continues to get her culture fix as a nominator for the Carbonell Awards, promoting excellence in the Southeast Florida theater community.

Terrie is a member of the Society for Advancement of ConsultingSM (SAC), completing a certification process that speaks to her ethics and professionalism.   


Terrie, what an asset you have been for us at the clinic.  With the recent loss of our founder and CEO, your expertise has helped unite our board of directors in ways that are showing true long term results.  You have helped us to re-focus on the critical and strategic areas while still allowing our unique personalities and style shine through! We have found your well rounded expertise vital in the development of our new or revised governance, board recruitment/retention and fundraising policies.  Thank you and we look forward to our continued working relationship.

-Sandra Lozano Barry

Clinic Director

Light of the World Clinic, Inc.


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