"Beth was amazing! She kept the team focused and calm and provided excellent guidance through the entire accreditation process for the Mohonk Preserve. She helped communicate the findings to our board and walked them through recommended next steps to apply for accreditation. She was always reachable and there for us when we had a question or needed feedback. Beth made this a lovely process where we came out even closer as a team and even stronger as an organization."
Jennifer Garofalini, Director of Stewardship, Open Space Institute Land Protection
Former Director of Land Protection, Mohonk Preserve
"George has a vast reservoir of knowledge he's acquired from managing and consulting for superb Annual Giving programs at a variety of top flight institutions. He brings significant strategic insight into the process of formulating and executing giving and stewardship programs that generate immediate and sustained results. George’s consulting provides ideas that work tailored to individual institutional realties. He created significant new value in Hamilton College’s young alumni, reunion and leadership giving programs. Additionally, George understands the inner working of the academy at the top administrative level which proved critical to gaining acceptance and support for program changes from board members, divisional vice presidents and other college leaders."
Jon Hysell, Former Director of Alumni Programs
"I have had the pleasure of working with the professionals at Innovative Resources for over five years. They provide a level of support unlike any other consulting firm I have ever worked with. With Innovative Resources you get much more than suggestions on strategic direction - you gain a partnership with individuals who become a valued part of your team."
Laura Casamento, Vice President of Institutional Advancement
"Innovative Resources is great! Beth Hershenhart, President, worked with us on a $9 million capital campaign and is very helpful, focused, and resourceful. Unlike our experience with some firms that are just in it for the billing, she really cares and pitches in. The firm's rates are reasonable and Beth is willing to tackle tough situations - including reluctant donors - with us. She does more than give advice, she leads by example. She's a great person and has a very good firm backing her up."
Hal C. Williams, Former President
Carey Institute for Global Good
"Without a doubt Beth's approach to development is the best I’ve experienced. I’m very proud of having established major gift fundraising at our Y (not many do this) and it was born of employing Innovative Resources' methods. When I got here, two campaigns had been launched and surpassed their goal – and third campaign was in its public phase and the economy imploded. So, we were left with a stalled campaign and a disengaged volunteer structure. I pulled together a small group from the steering committee and introduced the concept of stewardship. In the past 24 months, we’ve increased giving among our board and our major gift donors by over 50%, we welcomed a new CEO and embraced relationship-building and not just asking for funds! None of this would have been possible without having worked with Innovative Resources and Beth. She taught me not only the strategic advantages of short-term commitments and active engagement of small groups, but most importantly the ability to identify and maximize each person’s talents. We’re still working on the concept that 100% board participation in our campaign doesn’t mean everyone asks, but we’ll get there!"
Elizabeth Parks Godin, Former Director of Development
Central Bucks Family YMCA
"Beth led the Preservation Foundation board and staff in crafting a major gifts fundraising strategy. Through several workshops, she took the group through a thoughtful and productive series of exercises that generated an effective approach to major gifts development. Along the way Beth coached reluctant board members in how to approach fundraising in such a way that even the most timid board member felt comfortable setting up a development call. I had an opportunity to work with Beth again on developing a capital campaign for the restoration of the First Baptist Church in Saratoga Springs. Her skill at bringing the trustees, all of whom were inexperienced in fundraising, together around an approach and a set of messages, really shone through in this project. As a result of her efforts, the church put together collateral and a campaign to move forward to raise the needed funds to put a new roof on the church. Beth is a wonderful colleague to work with, and she brings fresh insights to each engagement. Her commitment to our success made her a trusted part of the team right from the start. I personally enjoyed working with Beth, and so appreciated her guidance and approach."
Carrie Woerner, Former Executive Director
Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation
"Innovative Resources Group provided invaluable counsel to Orleans ARC during our capital campaign, which was a resounding success. Because of the funds raised for our building goal, we have a brand new, well equipped facility that serves men and women with mental retardation and developmental disabilities in a workshop setting-plus we've been able to expand needed services."
Donald Colquhoun, Executive Director
Orleans Association for Retarded Citizens
"I thought they were excellent and right on target. You have incredible insight and were able to speak to out of the box solutions . . . something I have not heard from other experts in your field,"
Marc Edensen, President and CEO,
Special Olympics New Jersey
"I had the good fortune to attend your workshop at the Land Trust Alliance Northeast Regional Conference. You taught me a great deal about "thinking outside the box..." and "how to infuse the total community with far reaching benefit." You also affirmed for me what I knew intuitively..."
Margaret Potter, Director, Development & Communications
Genesee Land Trust
"I want to thank you for the thoughtful and inspiring work that you've been doing for us. This work is playing an important role in helping us obtain participants, providing them with a high-quality experience, and perhaps most significant of all, helping to see ourselves in a new and better light."
Paul Zachos, Director
Association for the Cooperative Advancement of Science and Education (ACASE)
"Count Colonie Youth Center among your most satisfied clients! Your services and communication with us are excellent, from campaign and development advice on strategies to writing and designing our newsletters and annual reports. The program guide you designed reaches thousands of children and families, and, thanks to its clarity and readability has no doubt helped to increase the enrollment in hundreds of programs we offer to children and families."
Ms. Nikki Allen, Executive Director
Colonie Youth Center
"The fundraising and informational brochure you wrote, designed and produced for Historic Cherry Hill is a first-class and smashing piece that showcases this museum. We are using it everywhere in the region to attract contributors and tell our unique story."
Liselle LaFrance, Executive Director
Historic Cherry Hill