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“Sandy, I just wanted you to know how much you inspired me.  I want to see this foundation do great things and your Fundraising Plan class really gave me direction.  I feel now I know what I need to do – or at least where I can start. Thank you so much!”

Holly Shull,
Board Member
Lana’s Love Foundation
Chattanooga, TN

 

“Our local AFP Chapter, Monterey Bay in California, recently viewed your webinar originally done on February 23. Although I have had many years of development experience, I got a lot out of your webinar. It was very timely, given that I had to complete the development plan for my (relatively) new job for the Executive Committee’s review on the 17th, for approval on the 24th. I had already done a lot of background work so I knew our metrics from the past several years. Your webinar allowed me quickly to put it all into a concise draft. So far, it’s gotten me a “well done” from my boss, and “thank you” from the Board members who were on the ad hoc development planning committee.

Thank you!”

Lisa Bennett
Director of Development
Hospice Foundation
Monterey, CA

 

“Sandy, I am the Executive Director of a small non-profit working in Liberia, West Africa.  I backed into this thing – I was helping a few people as sort of a hobby, and travelling to Liberia once or twice a year.  I started the non-profit to make it all legal and so some friends could help.  Things got totally out of hand (best news of my whole life, actually) and now I’m working on how to grow donations to accomplish all the things we would like to do. Bottom line — you are the best thing to come along.  You’re always so on-point and so helpful.  Thank you!  God bless you!”

Andy Perkins,
Executive Director
BESTWA
>Dallas, TX

 

Sandy, your Get Fully Funded system is terrific! It’s as good as anything I’ve seen . . . and that’s after 49 years as a senior development officer and consultant with over 300 clients . . . over 400 campaigns and $400,000,000 raised. Congratulations on creating something so powerful!”

Larry Miller,
President, Larry Miller & Associates,
Elkhart, IN

 

“I’m halfway through my fiscal year and just finished the evaluation of my results so far. I have to say I’m very pleased and I owe it all to you and your Get Fully Funded system! I was shooting for a 70% renewal rate of my current donors, and so far I’m at 68%!! I’ve raised $42,334 this year – last year I raised just $12,000. I only have $19,000 to go and my total budget is raised for 2012 (and I still have 6 months to go!!). I fully recommend the Get Fully Funded System to anyone working in the fund development field. This is an easy workable system that is guaranteed to bring great results for any organization.

Kimberly Clement,
Executive Director,
Kinship of Aitkin County, 
Aitkin, MN

 

“When Sandy came to help our organization she really walked with us and got to know who we are and what we do.  That personal touch is what separates Sandy from the other consultants I’ve known.  She is a wonderful communicator and has unending ideas.

The Restoration House is a very young organization and it was even younger when Sandy started helping us.  Our annual budget when we met Sandy was around $80,000, but we had plans to expand and knew the need was there.  In just one year, Sandy helped us develop a sustainable fundraising strategy that not only helped us grow our annual budget to $120,000, but left us money in the bank.  Using this system she coached us on we closed our books that year with $50,000 in the bank which meant almost have of the next year’s budget was already raised.  At our breakfast the following year we raised $62,000 in new donations in just one hour.  For a small organization that is only 2 and a half years old, we can say that we are raising more money every year and always have a hefty balance in the checking account.  Now that’s sustainability!  Thanks Sandy!!!”

Daniel Watson, Executive Director
The Restoration House
Knoxville, TN

 

“Sandy’s depth of knowledge and experience along with her ability to discern the obstacles then guide me around them has allowed me to take powerful actions that create results. She communicates clearly and sensitively, making sure our coaching process provides me with practical and attainable accomplishments. And I love her positive and energetic approach.”

Sharon Hoover, M. A., PCC, former Board Chair
Knoxville, TN

 

“Sandy’s knowledge and enthusiasm for fundraising for non-profits is unparalleled. As the Co-Founder of a non-profit, I have found Sandy’s classes engaging and full of real information to be used in furthering the mission of any NPO. Sandy is warm, funny and a great coach with a heart for her clients. I would highly recommend Sandy to any organization, founder or Director of Development who wants to know about all the tools for stewarding your mission to success!”

Tricia Baehr, Volunteer/Co-Founder/Co-Director
Sweet Water Sustainability Institute (SWSI)
Sweetwater, TN

 

“Sandy helped us drop our first-ever appeal to our donors.  We were thrilled when the gifts started to pour in.  When all was said and done, we raised over $12,000 from our small donor list and we were confident that we could do it again.”

Shauna Oden, Executive Director
Loudon County Habitat for Humanity
Loudon, TN

 

“Sandy has given me a great foundation in fundraising. She doesn’t just give me advice to “try this” or “do that” but she has taught me to THINK like a Development Director. She has given me the tools to be confident going forward. I love the worksheets and examples she gave us to make the planning process easy and keep us focused.

Tracey Bise
Director of Development
Cerebral Palsy Center
Knoxville, TN

 

“Sandy! This is awesome! I love the worksheets, which gave me a starting point for creating a plan. I highly recommend this to anyone who needs to put a fundraising plan together.”

Naomi Asher,
CASA of the Tennessee Heartland,
Oak Ridge, TN

 

The best thing about the Get Fully Funded LIVE! event was the great info and the easy-to-follow guide.”

Kristy Keel,
East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition,
Knoxville, TN

 

“I have worked with Sandy numerous times on direct mail and printing. Her expertise in direct mail for nonprofits is impressive. She knows direct mail from the copy writing to tracking results. I have referred nonprofit organizations to her when they have needed an expert in the field of direct mail.”

Phyllis Burns, President
Burns Mailing & Printing, Inc.
Knoxville, TN

 

“Before I got Sandy’s system, I had many ideas, but had trouble putting them together. I was often times overbooked, over-scheduled and over-committed, which made it difficult for me to reach my goals. After using Get Fully Funded, I’m now organized and can easily keep track of my activities and my progress. I feel more in control – the fundraising is no longer running me – and I am implementing strategies for success. The Get Fully Funded system tells you clearly what to do and helps you identify key components for meeting your goals.

Vel Hux,
Director of Development,
Warren County Community Services,
Lebanon, OH

 

“I recently purchased Sandy’s “Get Fully Funded” and started participating in the coaching calls. The materials Sandy provides aren’t just theory or great ideas; they are practical, useful, tools that help now!

Kimberly Humphries, CFRE,
Development Director, Irving Cares,
Irving, TX

 

Thank you sooo much for taking time out of your weekend to send me the ebook with the planning worksheets. I have a meeting with our new President/CEO tomorrow afternoon and your templates will make me look like a rock star! Thank you so much for sharing your tips!”

Toni Maxey
Development Director
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. (HOME)
Richmond, VA

 

“Before the holidays, Sandy made two simple suggestions for our end-of-the-year appeal and we made them.  To our delight, we more than met our goal, including raising over $7,000 in just two weeks. This puts us in our best financial position ever to start the new year.  Thanks Sandy!”

Nina Margetson,
Executive Director
Horse Haven of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN

 

The absolute best thing about attending the Get Fully Funded LIVE! event was the very wonderfully detailed Get Fully Funded book that is now my “How To” manual. I love that it’s a complete system!”

Pam Potocik,
Executive Director, LVTEC,
Loudon, TN

 

“Our local AFP Chapter, Monterey Bay in California, recently viewed your webinar originally done on February 23. Although I have had many years of development experience, I got a lot out of your webinar. It was very timely, given that I had to complete the development plan for my (relatively) new job for the Executive Committee’s review on the 17th, for approval on the 24th. I had already done a lot of background work so I knew our metrics from the past several years. Your webinar allowed me quickly to put it all into a concise draft. So far, it’s gotten me a “well done” from my boss, and “thank you” from the Board members who were on the ad hoc development planning committee.

Thank you!”

Lisa Bennett
Director of Development
Hospice Foundation
Monterey, CA

 

“Several years ago, Sandy attending one of our fundraising dinners as part of a coaching engagement with us. After the event was done, she provided us with a short document outlining her perspective on the evening. We did not have the event the next year, but when it came time to plan the next dinner event, we incorporated feedback from her debriefing – we simplified the program, eliminated video and digital goal devices (saving a great deal of money, and instead of several speakers, followed by a live auction, and instead focused on one speaker. Choosing our most enthusiastic homeowner, we asked her to speak from the heart about what Habitat has meant to her.. What transpired was one of the most electrifying moments I have ever seen at Habitat – the homeowner abandoned her notes, and started sharing with with incredible enthusiasm how having a Habitat home had changed her life as she cares day-today for her disabled granddaughter.

It was the closest we have ever come to a “revival service” – with people in the audience verbally responding to her story, her words of faith, and her challenge to get involved in making a difference in the lives of people wanting for homes. Perhaps 20 people came to talk with her after the dinner because she had touched them with her story. Key stakeholders told us it was the most fun and the best dinner they have been to!. We raised $36,000. Sandy helped us learn an important lesson – keep it simple, don’t try to cover everything at one, just keep the focus squarely on the difference you are making in people’s lives.

John W. Lamb
Director of Development,
Greater Chattanooga Habitat for Humanity,
Chattanooga, TN

 

“I have been involved in Christian nonprofits for over 30 years. Most of that time I lived overseas and did not see a need to do “fund raising” for the organization. For the past fifteen years I have been President of International Christian Ministries (ICM). For most of that time we received funds from partner ministries that enabled us to push on with our vision of training and equipping. But the last three years have been a challenge. Funding from partners have all but dried up. While I have read a lot about different aspects of raising funds, I did not have any one to guide me. Until I met Sandy Rees. Her energy, commitment and experience has helped ICM get on track with raising funds through raising ministry partners. Her book Get Fully Funded has now become our primary go-to-source for outlining and implementing a funding strategy. I highly recommend her and her materials as a way to develop your own strategy and “get fully funded.”

Phillip R. Walker, PhD,
President International Christian Ministries

 

“Sandy, thank you for your Hot Ideas emails.  In each issue I find ideas of value that I can apply to my organization.  Meeting you in person in Prescott last June and hearing your presentation in person helps your emails come alive for me. Thank you again!”

Eric Walden, Development Director
Second Chance Center for Animals
Flagstaff, AZ

 

“Our virtual retreat with Sandy helped us overcome some road blocks we had reached in our fundraising efforts.  Sandy listened well to what our current needs were and was able to address them in a timely and effective manner.  I walked away with many action items and ideas to put into practice, many of which have already bore much fruit!”

Natalie Nuce,
Resource Development Director
TriState Habitat for Humanity
Cincinnati, OH

 

“Sandy has been invaluable both to me personally and to our organization. Her creative ideas and insight into the fund raising world have greatly increased our productivity and improved donor relations. Sandy’s pragmatic approach to problem solving and positive attitude make her a fantastic career coach and someone with whom it is a true pleasure to work. I highly recommend Sandy to any organization seeking to find new ideas for fund raising, streamline operations or keep up to date in the realm of all things non-profit.”

Susan Hanna,
former Assistant Director
Knoxville, TN

 

“Sandy is an incredible trainer and coach. Her expertise in fundraising and board development for non-profits is outstanding. Sandy’s fundraising ideas and techniques allow any size non-profit to significantly increase their fundraising revenue while controlling expenses. She is a joy to work with and I highly recommend her if your non-profit needs that extra ‘boost’ to meet and exceed your goals!”

Terri Brooks,
former Executive Director
Knoxville, TN

 

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