About Davidson & Co.

Shana L. Davidson

President

Over her twenty-three-year career in fundraising and advocacy, Shana L. Davidson has helped pioneer new approaches to direct-mail. She marries the art of high dollar direct-mail to the science of time-tested marketing tactics, all to help maximize your investment. She is known for her expertise in designing customized, strategic donor acquisition and development programs, and for the meticulous execution of those programs.

She launched Davidson & Co. in 2016 to narrow her focus, serving a select group of clients in whose missions she believes most strongly. Before that, she served for more than a decade as a senior executive at some of Washington’s best-known direct-mail fundraising agencies, including The Viguerie Company. She has also managed fundraising for academic and advocacy organizations as well as political campaigns and committees, beginning her career as executive director of the Republican Party of Hawaii.

Shana holds master’s degrees from the Institute of World Politics and the University of Hawaii, and a B.A. from Hampshire College. She lives in Washington, D.C. with Bertie, her adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Whitney Garrison Athayde

Associate

Whitney has over a dozen years in grant management, major donor management and cultivation, event planning, online fundraising, and direct-mail management. She lives on a farm in Virginia with her husband, three (soon to be four!) children, two cats, two dogs, a pony, 24 chickens, a dozen goats, countless bees, and an overgrown vegetable garden. She holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a M. Econ from George Mason University.

Lauren Becker

Associate & Life Saver

In addition to her work with Davidson & Co., Lauren is also the owner of Sent by Lauren, an exclusive hands-on mail shop which specializes in small, highly personalized mailings. Lauren has a B.A. from Brigham Young University and over 14 years of experience in direct-mail, event planning and 501(c)3 fundraising. (And as the mom of 4 crazy boys, she knows how to manage unexpected surprises of all kinds!)

Lucy Jackson

Interim Office Manager

Lucy Jackson is our Interim Office Manager. She has over 10 years of administrative experience and comes to us from a well known public relations firm. She has agreed to work with us in place our long-time Office Manager, Max, who recently retired. Despite her many years of experience, she’s not a very good office manager.  She much prefers sleep to work but she’s wonderful for employee morale!

Bertie Davidson

Forever Intern

Bertie Davidson is our Forever Intern. He has asked to be promoted to Office Manager, and we’ve considered it, but he likes to eat the mail and we cannot have that. He’s a troublesome employee, always bursting into the office with some kind of drama. But he also reminds us that taking a mid-day walk clears the mind, that eating lunch is a good idea, and that taking breaks makes us better at everything we do.

“I’ve worked with Shana for years now, when we called her firm in to clean up a mess we had. She sat down with us, figured out where the problems were, came up with a sequence of actionable items, and it worked perfectly.”

Joe Bishop-HenchmanTax Foundation

“Davidson & Co. provides very professional, customized direct marketing services for its clients. Shana is extremely knowledgeable and is focused on producing the highest quality product and the best results for nonprofits. We are happy to recommend Davidson & Co. to any nonprofit that wants to expand its base of donors.”

Ann FitzgeraldA.C. Fitzgerald and Associates

“Sharp as a tack, uber responsive, knows her stuff, gets that stuff done, and will shoot straight with you. But wait — there’s more! She’s a complete blast! You heard it here first.”

Claire Kittle DixonTalent Market

“Shana has a gift – backed up by years of experience and a dedication to data – for going to the heart of an organization’s mission and crafting a compelling narrative that emphasizes your unique selling proposition. She also excels at adapting those messages according to the calendar, the newspapers’ front pages, or your most recent policy win or organizational challenge.”

Megan RitterNational Council For Adoption

“Shana has been an incredible resource for us. Even more, she takes the time to explain the reason behind everything so that we can learn from her experience.”

Kelly McGonigalGeorgia Center for Opportunity

“With a wealth of experience in politics, the free-market movement, and agencies, Shana can advise organizations at any level – whether you’re just getting started or you have a robust program in place already.”

Daniel ErspamerPelican Institute for Public Policy

“Shana oversaw our direct mail program for more than seven years, with responsibilities including the donor acquisition program, house file mailings, donor communications, and general fundraising responsibilities. She successfully built a house file while raising net money for the organization. She understands the science and art of direct mail fundraising. She is a good copywriter and keeps up with the latest information and techniques in the industry. I can offer an unqualified recommendation of Shana’s work in direct mail and development.”

Roger ReamThe Fund for American Studies
“Shana is a motivated, forward-thinking consultant with extensive experience and knowledge in her field. Her hands-on strategy managing high dollar direct mail campaigns has produced phenomenal results. Her commitment and attention to client detail are impressive, and she is among the very best consultants that I’ve had the pleasure to know. Shana possesses a winning combination of solid skills and business sense, and I have learned a great deal from her. I have no hesitation in working with Shana again in the future or recommending her to other organizations.”
Lisa Hazlett RobertsAmerican Institute for Economic Research

Let’s meet first to discuss your current challenges and opportunities, short-term and long-term goals. We’ll determine together the best plan for moving forward. 

Just give us a call at 202-380-5800 or fill out our contact form.