I’m a social entrepreneur, storyteller, do-gooder, and high-energy optimist devoted to helping your leaders become the best they can be so your organization can be the best it can be!
Hi! Some consultants "talk" about the work that needs to done to build a thriving organization, but I've "done" the work. I've been deep in the messiest of trenches, raising millions on a shoestring budget, unifying disengaged board members, and catapulting startup nonprofits into national brands.
Over the last 20 years, I have founded or helped build 4 high-impact nonprofits and 3 foundations, three of which have a national footprint, and faced just about every type of problem, challenge, and drama imaginable along the way.
These experiences, combined with my background in finance, marketing, and philanthropy, give me a unique perspective into the soul of starting, building, and managing thriving nonprofits.
My passion is to share my experience, successes, and blunders to help organizations like yours achieve its dreams but with a lot more efficiency and a lot fewer headaches. So let's roll up our sleeves, work hard, have fun, and do this!
"Spend More Time Thinking About What You Can Do to Fulfill
Your Mission Rather Than Just Talking About It!"
OPTIONS TRADER TURNED SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR
In the late 80’s, I was a stock options trader on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. At age 30, after writing and selling a pioneering software program that managed traders’ risk, I had all the toys and freedom I ever dreamed of and was on top of the world—so I thought.
Then, after a near-death experience, I decided to exchange my selfish lifestyle for a meaningful life of helping others.
I went on to start or help build some well known nonprofits including The Hunger Coalition, Natural High, Environmental News Network, Sun Valley Adaptive Sports, Kids First Foundation, Sundt Memorial Foundation, SCTA Foundation, and Higher Ground, an organization widely regarded as one of America’s most innovative sports therapy programs that rehabilitates men and women wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
My aspiration is to improve the landscape of social change around the globe. I've written six books, facilitate retreats and workshops, and speak to thousands of nonprofit leaders at conferences each year—all to help industry leaders build GOLD STANDARD nonprofits by doing what is right, not what’s convenient or easy.
I was born and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Yep, I'm a Cheesehead. And yes, I miss Friday Fish Frys, autumn leaves, and Badger football (I'm an alum). I live in Sun Valley, Idaho, and recently became an empty nester (Yippie!). I enjoy hiking, skiing, mountain biking, fly fishing, tennis, baking, backgammon, and just being outside inhaling life in the fresh mountain air and warm sunshine.
The nonprofit world is a human endeavor.
Your capacity to succeed is directly related to
the quality of staff and board members you bring on
and the CULTURE you build and nurture.
Choose and Build Wisely!