Red Olive Creative Consulting was started in 2013 by DéLana R.A. Dameron to address the growing needs of fundraising and organizational development for small arts + culture organizations. We are a boutique consulting firm specializing in cultivating donors and supporters of arts + culture, and work with groups across the country.


We do not want to know a world without cultural and artistic institutions and commit our work to making sure they are sustainable and have a long vision into the future.

We exist to service and serve primarily arts + culture organizations who are committed to working in and with communities of color.


Building a development department from the ground up

Developing a fundraising strategy

Grant writing

Board development

Individual giving

Annual appeals

Online giving appeals



About DéLana

DéLana R.A. Dameron provides fundraising expertise and strategy for arts & cultural institutions and projects so they can continue to bring beauty into the world, build up our communities, and provide meaningful spaces for cultural + artistic transformation.

As a culture maker, DéLana R.A. Dameron brings more than 12 years of experience in non-profit fundraising, program, organizational, and board development in the areas of arts & culture and education.

In addition to consulting for small and mid-sized arts & culture organizations towards building capacity and sustainability, Dameron founded and directs BLACK ART FUTURES FUND, and volunteers her time and she currently serves as the chair of the board of Recess.

Our Team

Elisa Galindez

Executive Assistant

Coming on board as our Executive Assistant and handler of all things administrative, Elisa Galindez is an actor, singer, dancer, director, writer, and PROUD Bronx, NY native. She is a Hofstra University and CAP21 Conservatory grad and an admirer of home cooking and baking. Elisa continues to explore avenues that lead her to new work within the arts, artists whose mission is to push boundaries, and organizations that make space for new voices that have yet to be heard. It seems only fitting that she join Team Red Olive.

Noor Ibn Najam

Application Cycle Coordinator, Black Art Futures Fund

Joining the team as Application Cycle Coordinator for the Black Art Futures Fund, Noor Ibn Najam is a poet and artist based in Philly, PA. Noor will work with DéLana and the BAFF Executive & Advisory Board to help facilitate the 2019 application process. She’s excited to help sustain Black arts organizations and make community growth a bigger part of her own life as an artist with this work. An interdisciplinary and collaborative thinker whose artistic pursuits include poetry, short-form prose, belly dance, and collage/multimedia, Noor is interested in the various levels of and barriers to “access” as it relates to art, and hopes to dismantle such obstacles toward an interrelated community of artists.

Photo Credit: Marcus Jackson

Catherine Ntube

Communications and Grants Coordinator

Coming on board as our Communications Manager, Catherine Ntube is an educator and writer hailing from Austin, Texas. She’s a Harvard and UofSC grad, a Cave Canem and Rockefeller Fellow, and a plant lover. She’s working toward a writing practice rooted in tender witness and careful critique, and interested in the complex intersections between art, philanthropy, and social justice. She will be working part-time with DéLana to produce our social media and web content. You may hear from her specifically about our client, grantee, and donor spotlights, and she can be reached at catherine@redoliveconsulting.com.

Photo Credit: Jeff Cravotta

Alexandra Walker

Grants & Special Projects

Alexandra considers herself a preservationist of Black femme literary arts, and dedicates herself to this cause through her community initiative Unfold, a black femme book club that in turn mentors young womxn of color via journaling and creative writing. She is excited to join the Red Olive team and to help bridge the gap between the visionaries and those who recognize the importance of their funding. The goal is to merge the two with enough effort and ease that the seam becomes undetectable.

Our Clients

Red Olive Creative Consulting specializes in working with small and medium-sized arts & culture organizations as well as foundations.