From the day Ellen cut up her mother’s typewriter-written dissertation at age four, she has always been a curious person.

Ellen Spangler

Owner | Consultant

Born and raised in Charlottesville, VA, Ellen is the happiest when she is dabbling in new things. She has worked as a Development Director, Communications Director, Education Manager, Trainer, and Project Manager, serving nonprofits for 20 years. She holds an MAT in Museum Education from the George Washington University and a BA in Art History and Italian from the University of Virginia.

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Ellen has broad experience in nonprofits of all sizes—from 4 to 400 employees. She is a seasoned educator and has designed and delivered programs, trained staff and volunteers, and conducted program evaluations for art and children’s museums. She has proven herself as a successful fundraiser, outlining development plans, crafting appeals, securing grants, and managing events that have financially fueled the hard work of mission-driven organizations. Finally, she has created engaging communications strategies, including member e-newsletters, social media campaigns, annual reports, and other collateral.

Ellen lives at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Crozet, VA with her husband and two children. She is also an artist, a crafter, a poet, and a musician, and she seeks to spark curiosity and wonder in whatever she gets her hands into.

Why Three Notch’d?

Three Notch’d Road is a thoroughfare into the small town of Crozet, VA, where the business is based. Three Notch’d or Three Chopt Road originally ran from Richmond to the Shenandoah Valley as a main east-west route from the 1730’s to the 1930’s, when it was superseded by U.S. Route 250. Part of Jack Jouett’s famous ride and the Marquis de Lafayette’s efforts to prevent General Charles Cornwallis from obtaining munitions took place along the road. It likely got its name from the three notches cut into trees to blaze the trail in the 1740’s.

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