Empreinte Consulting is pleased to welcome Nicole Sayers

Empreinte Consulting, LLC is pleased to welcome Nicole Sayers to the team as a Client Advisor. Nicole brings more than 20 years of client focused sales, customer service and management experience to Empreinte having worked in Retail, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare environments.  In addition to her professional work, Nicole is a philanthropist and has supported important nonprofit organizations as a volunteer through serving as a Board Member of the Highland Hospital Foundation and CDS Monarch Foundation as well as volunteering with McQuaid Jesuit High School and St. Louis Catholic School.  She obtained her BA from SUNY Cortland with a dual major in Communications and Spanish.

In her role as a Client Advisor with Empreinte, she will build and manage client relationships in support of philanthropic consulting services provided to nonprofits, philanthropists and corporations.  In addition, Nicole will support our volunteer board training services as a peer trainer and coach.


Can you afford NOT to invest in fundraising?

Every day, leaders of nonprofit organizations struggle with the same question…where do I invest our resources knowing that we have a limited budget?  No matter how large or small your nonprofit may be, this question rings true.  This is especially challenging as you consider how to invest donor dollars in your organization.  The need to support mission-based programs exists every day.  What about the operations?  How does a CEO or Executive Director determine when it is appropriate to invest in the infrastructure and/or operations?

The answer lies in the potential return on that investment.  I would argue that the greatest potential return from an investment within a nonprofit exists within Development.  Fundraising has a quantifiable and justifiable return, yet many nonprofit leaders cringe at the idea of spending money to raise money. If I were to present you with a scenario where you could invest $.20 and receive $1.00, would you agree that is a good decision?  Of course you would!  Yet, when presented with the possibility of hiring Development staff, promoting a Development Officer to retain them, providing the proper database or administrative resources to your Development team which increases efficiencies, or working with a Consultant who has expertise in fundraising, the answer is generally NO.

There is a very transient nature within the Development industry as there are numerous opportunities for talented professionals across the country.  A recent study conducted by Reeher, a Blackbaud company, showed that less than 50% of Gift Officers nationally raised $500,000 or more in 2017. The reason for this is that many GO’s have not been in their current position long.  The average tenure for a Gift Officer is less than 3 years, yet the average time to secure a first major gift from a donor is 4.9 years.  How do organizations expect to obtain major funding when Development staff are constantly changing, or lack the resources necessary to effectively fundraise?  Imagine if organizations invested in Development at a level that caused higher retention, increased morale and provided appropriate resources to maximize philanthropic return.  That is exactly what you find in the highest performing nonprofit organizations across higher education, healthcare and human services.

Whether you are considering a campaign, or looking to increase your philanthropic revenue, investing in Development is necessary.  That can come in many forms and starts with a thorough analysis of your current operations and personnel, which is where Empreinte Consulting, LLC (www.empreinteconsulting.com) can help.  Our years of expertise in fundraising coupled with our familiarity with best practices in high performing nonprofits, can position your organization to maximize philanthropic revenue while creating a sustainable process.  At a time when nonprofits are under constant financial strain, an investment in Development can provide the return that will take your organization to new heights.  Ask yourself…can you afford NOT to invest in fundraising?

Marc Misiurewicz


Empreinte Consulting, LLC



The value of a Philanthropic Advisor

As an altruistic philanthropist, you look to have the greatest impact possible on the missions you care about most. Giving of yourself is one of the most important and intimate things you will do in life. When making the decision to give of yourself to advance important missions, you often consult your lawyer, accountant, and/or investment advisor. For many of you—especially those of you with complex business needs—each advisor plays an important role on your professional “team”. They help ensure that you are making the best decision based on your personal situation. However, there is one additional subject matter expert that would help you tremendously…

A Philanthropic Advisor has skills that complement those of the other professionals who provide you advice on legal, tax, and financial matters. We have worked in nonprofit organizations and understand the power of philanthropy in a way that many will never know. If you are already giving to charity or considering a gift at some point in the future, connecting with a Philanthropic Advisor at Empreinte Consulting, LLC can help you create a thoughtful and personal giving plan to make a meaningful difference on the causes you care about most. When making a decision this important, why wouldn’t you want an expert guide in the process?

Here are six reasons to team up with a Philanthropic Advisor from Empreinte:

1. We know the options. Charitable giving can be a complex field. There are so many ways in which you can have an impact. Which way is the best for you? The Philanthropic Advisors at Empreinte Consulting are well-versed in the various giving vehicles and strategies that you may want to consider. Should you establish a family foundation or a Donor Advised Fund (or both)? A Charitable Remainder Trust or a Charitable Lead Trust? Our Philanthropic Advisors can help you evaluate these options and make smart, informed decisions.

2. We know the causes. In contrast to many financial service firms that offer Donor Advised Funds, Empreinte Consulting is staffed with experts who can provide you with information about the issues and organizations you are interested in supporting. Our experience working for nonprofits large and small provides us with a perspective that can be extremely valuable in your decision making. We will help you develop a philanthropic mission statement and guidelines for your philanthropic decisions. Whether you are passionate about education, healthcare or environmental conservation, our Philanthropic Advisors can help you vet nonprofits and make thoughtful choices about your giving to ensure the greatest impact.

3. We know the community. Our Philanthropic Advisors are connected to the local nonprofit sector. Through one-on-one meetings, donor events, and site visits to nonprofits, we can help you connect with local organizations that are doing innovative work, as well as like-minded donors and community leaders that align with your values. In addition to forging useful social connections, you may also discover opportunities to join more structured networks, such as funder collaboratives that team up to address specific community needs.

4. We are highly skilled goal-setters. Many philanthropists say that writing checks is easy. Does that sound like you? What is harder, they say, is crafting a giving plan that reflects their dreams for achieving positive change in the community. Our Philanthropic Advisors are experienced at helping people articulate their personal values and how those values influence their philanthropic goals. We can help you create a values statement for your giving, set a budget, and choose strategies that are both impactful and personally satisfying.

5. We help families give together. “Giving back” often means more than one donation, one day spent volunteering, or one decision to open a charitable fund. For many people, it’s a journey with many phases that they travel with relatives and loved ones. Empreinte Consulting is highly skilled at facilitating the conversations, which at times may be difficult, that help families come together to reflect, learn, and make decisions as collective philanthropists. This process also helps develop a philanthropic succession plan that ensures your legacy lives on.

6. We help maintain philanthropy as a priority. Between jobs, kids, volunteer obligations, and more, many people find that organizing their charitable contributions is an arduous task. We give you back your time and sanity. Our Philanthropic Advisors can help, making it easy for you to focus on the things you care about most while knowing your philanthropic plan is executed.

Philanthropy is one of the most important investment tools that we have at our disposal. Not only does it transform your life, but it forever changes the lives of others. Don’t feel as though you need to go on this journey alone. Empreinte Consulting is positioned well to guide you through the philanthropic process and provide our expertise to ensure you are fulfilling all your goals. Your investment in us will provide one of the most rewarding returns of your life. We would be honored to speak with you further to discuss ways in which we can partner to enhance our communities.



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