Testimonials

“All of us at the Des Moines Symphony have benefitted in countless ways through our association with Connie and her exemplary work.  She expertly led us through a feasibility study and her guidance and expert counsel throughout our campaign resulted in raising nearly $10 million, far exceeding our $7.5 million goal.  The Des Moines’ arts and cultural community has taken notice and is stronger because of Isaacson Consulting’s  work.

What also impressed me about Connie is how much we all learned from her regarding  donor communications and  long-term relationship building. Her way with people and her highly professional approach to every aspect of her work, were personally inspiring to me.  I very much hope that we will be able to call upon Connie again for another important project.”

Richard Early
Executive Director, Des Moines Symphony Orchestra & Academy

“I have experienced and observed the work of Connie Isaacson for more than 15 years. I consider Connie a consummate professional, able to relate to a variety of audiences, from Board members to executive directors to donors to volunteers. Connie’s experience in developing fundraising and sustainability plans and executing development programs has been beneficial to many nonprofit organizations. In addition, her follow-through and commitment to providing an excellent work product are unparalleled.”

Kristi Knous
President, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

“The services provided by Isaacson Consulting exceeded my expectations!  They were meaningful, professional and reflective of high expertise.  Connie Isaacson successfully led an ad hoc committee of board members and staff from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise in a five month strategic planning process.  She guided us and kept us on schedule to create a roadmap that included a shared vision and objectives with concrete strategies and tactics.  Connie was diplomatic, firm when needed, focused and a pleasure to work with.”

Ruth Haus
Executive Director, Living History Farms

“Nikki Syverson energized our entire organization with her boundless positive energy and organizational skills. Nikki understands and believes in the nonprofit mission and is able to communicate it to everyone she meets. She is connected to a vast network of community leaders who admire her professionalism and passion and gladly participate projects and campaigns. These traits made her vital to the growth  of The Playhouse annual fund and Act Two Capital campaign. Her training and partnership with volunteer board and community fundraisers resulted in success way beyond our expectations.”

John Viars
Retired Executive and Artistic Director, Des Moines Community Playhouse

“I provide my highest recommendation to Nikki Syverson. I’ve observed her from her days at the Symphony and the Playhouse and was ecstatic to have the opportunity to work directly with her through Capital Crossroads. I had exceedingly high expectations and she exceeded them all. She is highly motivated, a strong communicator, a consensus-builder, and makes good decisions based on data, but is willing to adapt as necessary. Bottom line, she gets the job done in an effective and efficient manner obtaining results that move things forward.”

Gene Meyer
President, Greater Des Moines Partnership