About Us  
Bess de Farber
President/Chief ASKer
Master of Nonprofit Management
Certified Professional Facilitator
Florida Licensed Solicitor
ASK Associates
4041 E. Calle De Jardin
Tucson, AZ 85711


Bess de Farber, president of ASK Associates, Inc. specializing in planning, coaching and grants management, has spent the past 20 years working in the nonprofit sector as a financial manager, program director, funder, grants manager, executive director and now consultant/facilitator. She holds a bachelor’s in music, clarinet performance, from USC, a master’s in nonprofit management from FAU, and is one of 300 certified professional facilitators in the U.S through the International Association of Facilitators.  de Farber has trained and provided technical assistance to over 700 organizations in Florida. She co-created the Nonprofit Resource Institute in 1998 through which she served 400 organizations one-at-a-time.  In 2002, de Farber created the CoLAB Planning Series, currently the only known workshop series producing collaborative programs, among organization representatives who are new to each other, as the primary outcome.

In 1994 she was honored with the South Florida Magazine Up & Comers Award in Community Development. Through her partnership efforts, she has raised over $10 million for nonprofits in Palm Beach County.  de Farber has served on grant panels for the Florida-Division of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, the Dade Children’s Trust, and the George Snow Scholarship Fund in the disciplines of folk arts, arts-in-education, chamber music, teachers projects for the classroom, statewide approved artists directory inclusion, prevention programs for children and scholarships for graduating high school seniors.

Vicki Silver is a community planner with 27 years experience in local or state government agencies, half of which was spent working closely with the nonprofit sector.  She specializes in program development, grant writing, grants management, technical writing, and project implementation, but also has a statewide reputation and expertise in open space/greenways,  nature-based and heritage tourism, and historic preservation/folk arts.  For 14 years, as a county senior planner then a consultant, Silver applied these areas of expertise to economic development in the Glades communities, procuring $10 million in funding for nonprofits and government agencies.  Her efforts resulted in an award in 2000 by the National Association of Counties for the Best Community and Economic Development project, for the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail: An Innovative Revitalization Approach.  Previous planning activities included preparing a statewide guide to urban coastal parks and historic sites, obtaining a $42 million grant to buy an environmentally sensitive beach park, and organizing several well-attended conferences to build awareness of environmental issues.

As a consultant, since 2002, Silver has written grants for nonprofit and for-profit clients on topics ranging from autism to business expansion, historic restoration, museum development, tour guide training, and world peace. She has served on grant review panels for state and local agencies and has considerable experience mentoring or empowering agency staff in the intricacies of grant preparation.  She has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Montclair State College in New Jersey, a master’s in public administration, with an environmental/growth managementspecialization, from FAU, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.