nonprofit consulting

We partner with nonprofits to maximize external relations performance, specializing in comprehensive campaigns, search, executive coaching and governance.

Matthew S. Bisset

Founder and President

With more than 30 years in the nonprofit sector, Matt is the founder of Kezar Consulting Group (KCG). Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Matt resides in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is a longtime member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), where he has received numerous CASE awards and remains a regular panelist and presenter.

Matt is a trustee at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg and a former board member of many organizations including Tampa Bay Watch and St. Petersburg Catholic High School. He is an active volunteer in his community, at his alma mater and national organizations including Oak Hill Academy, Saint Anselm College, Coastal Conservation Association, Trout Unlimited and more. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Anselm College and enjoys traveling, fly-fishing and spending time with family.

Kezar Consulting Services



KCG has successfully served more than 50 clients with improvement of their fundraising programs and planning and executing campaigns with client goals ranging from $2 million to $100 million.


KCG has successfully placed more than 15 presidents, executive directors and vice presidents at colleges and universities, museums and a variety of other nonprofits.

Executive Coaching

KCG works closely with Presidents and Chief Development Officers on setting goals, conflict resolution, communications, board structure, staffing, budgeting and overall relationship counseling.


KCG has worked with many nonprofits on board restructuring, bylaws revisions, board recruitment and orientation. Strong governance is a vital step in campaign readiness, donor confidence and the recruitment of board members and key staff.


Current and selection of former

The Revs Institute

Naples, Florida

CEO Search

Dali Museum

St. Petersburg, Florida

Capital Campaign

Canterbury School

St. Petersburg, Florida

Capital Campaign

St. Steven’s Episcopal School

Austin, Texas

Comprehensive Campaign

Fernwood Botanical Gardens

Niles, Michigan

Capital Campaign, Governance, Executive coaching

Morean Arts Center

St. Petersburg, Florida

CEO Search, Executive Coaching, Governance

Ruth Eckerd Hall

Clearwater, Florida

Chief Development Officer Search, Internal Assessment, Executive Coaching, Governance

Sweetwater Episcopal Academy

Longwood, Florida

Head of School Search

Winthrop University

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Associate VP for Development and VP for Advancement Searches

Trinity Preparatory School

Winter, Park, Florida

Internal Assessment, Executive Coaching

Tampa Bay Watch

Tierra Verde, Florida

Executive Coaching, Governance

Millikin University

Decatur, Illinois

Readiness Assessment, VP for Development Search

Client Testimonials

After interviewing multiple firms, we were pleased to select KCG to conduct our internal readiness assessment and campaign feasibility study. The boutique firm, customary approach to each study and the final reports positioned us to be successful in the advanced gifts phase of our $75 million campaign. Matt is truly an extension of the advancement team at St. Stephen's.

- April Speck-Ewer

Director of Advancement

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School

Serving on numerous boards and working with multiple consultants, it is easy to say that none were better to work with than KCG. Our board needed to work on succession planning and the search for a CDO. Matt Bisset conducts a search second to none with a customized approach. We were able to select the best candidate from a list of first rate finalists and immediately grow our annual dollars raised and start the advanced work on our capital campaign.

- Marcus Green

Board Chair

Ruth Eckerd Hall

The work Kezar Consulting has done restructuring our board and guiding Tampa Bay Watch on a path for the best practices in governances are immeasurable. These building blocks have launched our organization and the fundraising advice, strategies and coaching Matt Bisset has provided brought us to new philanthropic heights.

- Larry Weiner

Board of Directors

Tampa Bay Watch

Contact Us

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(727) 543-1830

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