Stephen Clouse & Associates produces high-quality, high-impact, visual professional services for select charitable and political organizations. We passionately communicate stories that motivate breakthrough giving to shift public sentiment.
- We work with clients whose values we share and who are effective and accountable.
- We build mutually beneficial long-tem client relations.
- We partner with our clients and inspire them to dream big.
- We serve our clients with a passion for excellence, enabling them to exceed expectations.
- We anticipate and are responsive to needs, honest when expectations are missed, and responsible in taking corrective action.
- We treat team members with honor, respect and mutual support, freeing each other to do our best.
- We choose to give more than we get out of every relationship.
The SCA Team
Stephen is the Founder and President of Stephen Clouse & Associates, Inc., a strategic communications and major gifts fundraising firm established in 1991. Stephen pioneered a highly personalized, multiple media video fundraising system and method that has raised tens of millions of dollars for dozens of non-profit organizations through capital campaigns, annual fund appeals and special projects. These campaigns are designed both to boost immediate net fundraising revenue and accelerate the rate at which major donors are identified and cultivated. A partial client list includes George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Mercatus Center at George Mason University, National Right to Life, The Heritage Foundation, The Leadership Institute, National Right to Work Foundation and Young America’s Foundation/Reagan Ranch. Stephen Clouse is a two time Emmy Award winning producer, and Stephen Clouse & Associates has been recognized professionally for outstanding video production and has been a recipient of the prestigious Telly, Addy and Campbell Awards. Stephen and his wife, Ellen, have five children and reside in Ashburn, Virginia.
Ellen is Co-Owner and Vice President of SCA. In addition to her duties as Vice President, she serves as the Office Manager and works with our clients on billing and state filing. Ellen graduated from the University of Wisconsin and the Marshfield Clinic/St. Joseph’s Hospital Cytotechnology Program. She is married to Stephen Clouse and they have five grown children.
Jennifer Lai has twenty years of experience as a Project Manager in the direct mail/fundraising field. She has managed a diverse client base to include Habitat for Humanity, United States Olympic Committee, Young America’s Foundation/Reagan Ranch, Autism Society of America, and Paralyzed Veterans of America. Prior to joining SCA, she worked in advertising, project management, account management, and production for Creative Marketing Concepts, Claritas, Production Solutions, and SCA Direct. Jennifer works directly with Stephen Clouse on projects and new business initiatives. She assists with proposal development and coordinate with clients on business meetings. Jennifer creates and manage timelines and schedules for each project from kick-off to final production. Working with Client, Production Team, Vendors, Creative Team, Copy Writers, Accounting and Graphic Artist throughout the course of the project. Attending meetings with client and provide direction to the team on client needs. Jennifer is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Marymount University. She and her husband Bruce have two children and reside in Northern, Virginia.
David has over a quarter of a century of direct response and fundraising experience. Dave has worked both as an independent consultant and as a top executive in some of the nation’s leading direct response agencies. He has provided strategic, copy and creative services for a wide variety of charitable and commercial enterprises, including all three Republican national committees, the Civil War Historic Trust, the National Parks Conservation Association, the Heritage Foundation, the Fund for American Studies, the Smithsonian, National Geographic, Colonial Williamsburg, the Army National Guard national recruiting program, American Airlines, Chrysler Motors, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and many other organizations.
Eric is the Associate Creative Director for Stephen Clouse & Associates, Inc., bringing more than 15 years experience in high-dollar direct mail to the team. Eric has helped develop and improve high dollar direct mail programs for many leading conservative and free market organizations, including the Bill of Rights Institute, State Policy Network, FreedomWorks, CFACT, Ashbrook Center, and the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation. Since 2010, Eric’s creative insights, copy writing and data analysis skills, have been instrumental to several successful major donor video fundraising campaigns for Clouse and our clients.
Greg directs the video and visual media components of the fundraising campaigns conducted by SCA. Greg has over 40 years of experience in the advertising, marketing and visual production industry. His early years were spent in the music industry as a Christian recording artist and later as a producer and songwriter. Greg later established himself as a founding partner of both a recording studio and then as Vice President and Creative Director of a regional advertising agency. Greg has produced award winning marketing campaigns, original music and corporate communication pieces for dozens of high-profile non-profit organizations and corporations. Since 1996, SCA has relied on Greg’s talent and experience to create and produce world-class visual media.
Jeff is the director of photography and motion graphics artist for SCA. He has 13 years experience in advertising, marketing, video production, and photography. Jeff worked for Time Warner Cable’s Public Affairs and internal marketing as well as their media production department for over 10 years. In addition to the high profile work within our major donor video fundraising campaigns, he’s produced many award-winning commercials and promos for clients ranging from sports organizations to faith-based non-profits. For the last eight years Jeff has contributed periodically to many SCA projects, but as of 2015 he’s been fully integrated into the Stephen Clouse & Associates team.
As the Video Production Coordinator, Janet Wall has been a part of the SCA team for over 15 years. Having spent over 30 years in the advertising/marketing field in a variety of administrative roles, Janet is a vital asset in logistical planning and resources needed for each video production. Janet's role as Video Production Coordinator includes securing talent and locations, and coordinating crew and travel. She works directly with clients to finalize the scheduling of all interviews for SCA projects.
Dona is a graphic design specialist with more than 28 years experience in direct response marketing. Dona has received many awards for her outstanding design and creative work, including one Silver and two Gold Echo Awards. Dona’s career began in the non-profit fundraising arena, working for seven years on worldwide clients such as The Red Cross, The Salvation Army, World Vision, and the Smithsonian Institution. In recent years, her clients have also included such commercial giants as Crystal Cruises, Hilton Hotels, 3Com, Xerox, FedEx, Microsoft, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, WellPoint, Costco and many more. Dona is a cum laude graduate of Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles.
Jerry has served for 20 years as SCA’s Director of Printing, Audio/Video Duplication, Packaging and Mailing Operations. Jerry has an extensive background in advertising and marketing. In addition, Jerry has served as a Commissioned Officer in U.S. Army National Guard and has been the CEO of two manufacturing firms. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
What They Say
"Your team’s creativity and professionalism, as well as attention to the smallest detail, has been truly impressive. What you’ve produced is compelling and I have no doubt will motivate our members to support our programs at higher levels than ever before."
"Stephen Clouse & Associates are the experts in accelerating the process of finding supporters who are most interested in making mega gifts to your organization. "
"We have done four major video projects with Stephen and have been very pleased with the results from each mailing. Stephen has a clever ability to capture on video the ideas and emotions needed."
"The video you produced was first rate. Your writers captured the important elements of our programs and the video portrayed our programs and people in a compelling manner. Your work helped make our Heritage Leadership for America campaign such a success."
"Thank you for discovering a whole new crop of Mount Vernon friends who will provide an extra boost for our programs for years, if not decades, to come."
"I sent a letter to a number of conservative organization heads, following the first video project, to let them know about the remarkable success we had. Based on my experience, I highly recommend Stephen Clouse if you ever want to launch a similar project."
"Stephen really understands fundraising and what motivates people to give. He has great style and that is why his packages are so enticing. The letters that go inside his multi-media package are tremendously compelling."
""Stephen Clouse and Associates is outstanding in its professionalism, knowledge of fundraising, work ethic, and integrity, and great to work with as well. We completed our fifth video project with them recently. Since SCA began producing our major donor video project, the number of members in our major giving club has increased by almost 60 percent. We are grateful to Stephen and the team.""