About Us


Helping people and organizations build stronger, more vibrant communities.


Amplify the success and sustainability of organizations, helping them live their mission and become community development leaders through excellence in operations, systems, infrastructure, planning, governance, staffing, fundraising and partnerships that support the continual evolution of this work.

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Company Profile

Upward Development is a small business, an aspiring B-Corp (benefit company), established in Oregon in 2014. The name reflects our mission as well as the continuous improvement process we apply to supporting better governance, operations, staffing, programs and tracking results.

As a B-corp, our purpose is to create a general public benefit and have a material positive impact on society and the environment. We work primarily with not-for-profit (nonprofit) organizations and philanthropic causes. We help leaders improve the systems, infrastructure, people and programs they manage, thereby improving the quality and breadth of services organizations can deliver.

We also advocate for – and practice – fair pay and respectful, inclusive management. We encourage active governance by aware and informed board members. These principles lead to healthier and more productive organizations with happier employees.

Upward Development is led by Andi Kemp, who established the LLC and elected to take S-Corp (Small Business Corporation) status. A CPA in Eugene, OR – Don Sherry – files taxes and provides expert guidance. An advisory board provides guidance and direction in quarterly meetings and through regular consultation. Subcontractors and colleagues contribute to larger, more complex projects.

Meet the staff and board

Professional Memberships

Emerald Valley Development Professionals

Benton Area Development Professionals (BARDs)

We follow the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Code of Ethical Standards.