Does this Get Fully Funded stuff really work? It sure does! Here are some stories from real people just like you who have had big wins working with Sandy and the Get Fully Funded team.


For the past two years Sandy Rees has been our Resource Development consultant and we are thrilled with the progress we have made as we build a fundraising culture.

Sandy has helped us organize our annual campaign with an emphasis on prioritizing what needs to get done first. She has coached our development team, trained our program staff on fundraising and most recently spent a day facilitating and training our Board of Trustees. Besides being extremely knowledgeable about resource development, Sandy has the amazing ability to know what needs to be done and to skillfully guide you through the process. She also knows how to engage people and make everyone feel comfortable about a topic that often folks shy away from. We are so thankful that we have had her advice for these past two years and for the additional thousands of dollars that we’ve raised.”

Julie Swanson

Julie Swanson, CEO
Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, Roanoke, VA


I entered the nonprofit world about 1 year ago and through a recommendation from our organization’s President & CEO, I immediately looked to Sandy for guidance.

She has been amazing to work with, and a terrific mentor and resource. Even though my knowledge of fundraising was limited, she helped me create a plan to grow our major gift society from about 80 members to over 125. These people each give $1,000 or more, so that’s an increase of over $40,000! I would highly recommend Sandy to anyone entering the nonprofit world and looking for great ways to become fully funded!”

Courtney Steckel

Courtney Steckel, Director of Development
Humane Society of Greater Dayton, Dayton, OH


I hit two major fundraising milestones in 2014, and I 100% attribute them to using the Get Fully Funded system.

Since I was hired in 2009, my goal has been to raise $125,000 in a year. When I came to the organization, annual fundraising was at about $85,000. In 2013 I had my best year to date, at $116,000, but in 2014 I totally blew it out of the water at $130,000! This is also $20,000 higher than our budgeted income for the year. We’re going to launch our first capital campaign in 2015, and I’m coming into the year with so much confidence that it’s going to be a success. Thanks again, I truly couldn’t have done it without your help!”

Caroline Gandy

Caroline Gandy, Executive Director
Valle Crucis Community Park, Valle Crucis, NC


“We raised more than $1 million based on what we learned from Sandy and we consider her recommendations to be the foundation of our plans going forward.

I would not hesitate to recommend her great services to any nonprofit organization interested in increasing resources.”

Ben Landers

Ben Landers, President
United Way of Greater Knoxville, Knoxville, TN


“I can’t say enough good things about Sandy and Get Fully Funded!!

About 4 years ago, CASA was deep in the hole. Thanks to Sandy and her system, we built up 6 months’ of operating expenses, a reserve fund, and an endowment! We created stable and diversified funding and strong individual donors. Not to mention a lot less stress!!”


Naomi Asher, Former Executive Director
CASA of the TN Heartland, Oak Ridge, TN


“I began working with Sandy’s “fully funded” system in conjunction with a class project I was completing for a non-profit organization.

Not only was the “Get Fully Funded” program easy to use, I found it more helpful than the assigned text for the class. Upon completion of the program, I was hired on and I still continue to use this system. It helps the novice navigate unfamiliar territory and it has great insight for those who are already familiar with fundraising. Within the first six months of using this program, we were able to exceed our fundraising goals and acquire a million-dollar donation.”




Michael Nancy Ricketts, Development Director
Mercy Medical Clinic, Vidalia, GA


“Get fully funded” eh?

At best I thought that was a stretch. A good marketing slogan. You have good material but I never really fully believed we could ever be fully funded. In December of 2013, I went out on a big limb and sent to our donors an appeal called “Unfunded goals for 2014.” By May 2014 we raised our entire budget for the year…and we put more than I ever thought possible in our general fund….We have mostly, but certainly not perfectly, followed the fund raising plan. Steady effort works! Love and appreciate you!”




Andy Perkins, Director
BESTWA, Grand Prairie, Texas


“After reading Get Fully Funded, I was confident and full of viable ideas to implement at our therapeutic horsemanship center.

The system is easy to read and gave me all the resources required to start fundraising right away in our rural community. The system helped me identify sources of income to sustain our programs so we can focus more on helping others benefit from the magic of horses and not reinventing the fundraising wheel.”



Alexa Talkington, Intern
On Eagles’ Wings Therapeutic Horsemanship, Fairmont, WV


“Sandy brings her expertise and years of experience to teach, guide, and support you.

Her friendliness and training demeanor proves that she is on your side and part of your team. The fundraising plan she worked out for the Haven set us up to raise $100,000 this year – a significant increase over last year. I learned so much through our weekly sessions, and I now feel confident going forward. Sandy taught me the tools I need to assure that our herd of retired Thoroughbreds will be fully funded throughout the coming years.”



Cheryl A. Bellucci , Director of Fund Raising & Promotion
Our Mims Retirement Haven, Paris, KY


“Since you visited last August to provide Board Training, we have seen significant changes in the governing and fundraising efforts of our Board.

As a small organization of one employee, me, the President and a revenue a little under $100,000 a year, I was eager to find a fun way to encourage my Board to take the fear out of fundraising. YTD, my board has taking us from 4 monthly donors to 35 monthly donors, increasing our monthly donation revenue by 133.4%. We are well on our way to reaching our $5,000 goal by the end of the year. In addition, our Board is giving at 100% now either as monthly contributors or annual donors. Our Board giving has increased by 36.9%, and we have recruited the professional skills we recognized were missing thanks to your training. Now we have a full Board of 10 qualified, passionate, and invested members. They are involved in planning our 5K fundraiser event, bringing in scholarships and partnerships individually. They have even attended marketing events without me!

Also, our fundraising income has increased by 297% thanks to your training! Finally, to top it all off, this year we are building our three year strategic plan and outline together with clear goals (instead of me submitting something to them to follow). We can’t wait for you to come back and follow up with you. Although, grant funding is a little slow due to changes within the foundations, we are expecting a good year just because of all the great work we have done together!”



Kenita Pierce-Lewis, , BBA, MBA, President & Founder
H.O.P.E, Inc., Atlanta, GA


“After accepting a position as Director of Development I knew I needed a strong foundation to ensure success and proper growth. It was time to call Sandy Rees!

I was ready for the “real deal” – to hire Sandy as my own personal CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer).

Sandy did not disappoint, and in fact, transcended my expectations. While I knew that Sandy would work with me on tangible plans, worksheets, and tracking systems, I had no idea of how supportive she would be emotionally. She rode the rollercoaster with me during what turned out to be a very challenging introduction to my new job. Somehow Sandy was always magically there when I needed her, staying calm when the tears or panic set in… displaying confidence when I had none… and knowing just what to say to help clear my mind and soothe my spirit.

Sandy worked with me in a way that fit my style and always listened and observed carefully. I went on vacation during the time we were working together, and asked Sandy for homework I could work on while I was gone. Sandy provided two book recommendations since she knew I’d be sitting on the beach. Both books were amazing – totally unlike anything I would have chosen or known about. One of the books mentioned a third book that I bought and enjoyed as well. All of the reads helped me in my personal life as well!

Sandy Rees is a remarkable individual. She meets you where you are and her intuitiveness is almost frightening. She offers big picture ideas as well as the smallest of suggestions – all having a huge impact. She is “easy to do business with”; consistently making herself available around my schedule, always prompt, never once in the time I’ve known her has she cancelled one of our calls or meetings. I adore Sandy and feel completely blessed to have her in my life. Whatever success I may achieve in my career from this point forward will be due to Sandy’s influence!



Carrie McConkey, former Director of Development
Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, Knoxville, TN


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