CASA of New Hampshire, Advocating for Abused & Neglected Children

For several years, Cotton has served as a trained volunteer NH Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Guardian     ad Litem (GAL) advocating for children whose parents have been determined by the State to have neglected and/or abused their own children. Right now there is a serious shortage of trained CASA’s in the Upper Valley and Sullivan County area. Cotton has been working with a special recruitment committee which is organizing a community reception to inform the region in hopes to recruit more individuals to volunteer to become CASA/GAL. Please join us: Wednesday, May 21 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm sponsored by Barbara Couch & Hypertherm at their new 71 Heater Road facility. (This not a fund-raiser) To learn more about CASA go to their website:

Jamie & Cotton are thrilled to join a select group of facilitators at the NH Businesses for Social Responsibility Spring Conference on May 12, 2014 at the Grappone Center in Concord, NH. Each facilitator will guide an important topical conversation for meeting participants. The keynote speaker is Seth Goldman, President and TeaEO of Honest Tea. To learn more, check out the NHBSR website:

"How To Retreat Successfully" is a collaborative article by Cotton Cleveland and Jamie Batson featured in Business NH Magazine of the February 2013 issue.

Mather Associates is proud to be a member of the Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire. Check out this great new video to give you a sense of the many business services that the competent and dedicated staff of the BIA bring to businesses around the state.

At Mather Associates, Jamie Batson, Ann Hopkins and I are very excited about a book called The Executive Director's Guide to Thriving as a Nonprofit Leader by Mim Carlson and Margaret Donohoe (Jossey-Bass). We highly recommend it for first time as well as experienced nonprofit executive directors. The fun is that you don't have to read it sequentially. For instance, if you want to know a bit more about “What should the ED do about a renegade board member?” just turn to page 166. In addition to sound advice and counsel, the book also has an awesome resource guide at the back. It also has helpful exhibits such as "Discovering your Stakeholders" and "Characteristics of the Generations" along with many ED self-help charts such as, “Executive Director Skills Competency Worksheet". We hope others find this book a good resource, too.

Cotton Cleveland

We are pleased to announce that our new, updated website: is now LIVE!! Our Hot Topics blog is a new feature which we will update with ideas and advice for you and your organization. We are also excited about our new Hot Box which will feature fun, new items. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and comments as well.

Mather Thanks Carnevale Design!

We thank Paul Carnevale, Jr. for his countless hours in helping us design a classic look and a technically sophisticated, updated website. Paul will also be our webmaster for maintaining and safekeeping our website and domain name going forward.

Contact Paul at or visit his website to learn more about his offerings!

Ann Hopkins writes: Cotton Cleveland and Jamie Batson are long-time colleagues whom I respect greatly. I am thrilled to join Cotton and Jamie as a Senior Consultant with Mather Associates.  As a member of the Mather team, I look forward to working with our clients to build their fundraising and donor relations capacity.

Cotton Cleveland and Jamie Batson are delighted to announce that Ann Hopkins of Rye, NH has joined  Mather Associates as a Senior Consultant. Ann brings many years of experience assisting organizations in strategic planning and creating effective fund development programs.  In addition to her consulting work, Hopkins has held leadership positions in Development at Cambridge College and Odyssey NH. We are excited about the opportunity to work with and learn from Ann. Many of our clients are interested in improving their approach to development and Ann is skilled at guiding staff and Board to become more effective.

For more about Ann Hopkins, please read her bio in the “about us” section of our newly updated website.