About Isaacson Consulting
Connie IsaacsonConnie Isaacson, CFRE is the President and owner of Isaacson Consulting, LLC. Connie is a well-known, respected professional with nearly 20 years of broad-based community leadership at the local, state and national level. She has experience in philanthropy, fund development, health care management, education and training, community needs assessment and community engagement.

Isaacson Consulting has provided services to numerous nonprofit organizations in the Midwest in the fields of arts & culture, social services, health care and education.

Connie is passionate about helping others and improving peoples’ lives through philanthropic support and volunteer service. She began her professional career as a Registered Nurse and after serving on numerous community Boards and as an elected official, she moved into community relations, community engagement and fund development. She is a graduate of the University of Indiana Center on Philanthropy’s Fundraising School and has met the extensive requirements to become a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).


  • Author: Wrote and published The FUNdamentals of FUNdraising
  • Community Service: Has served on more than 15 community boards in support of arts and culture, health care and social services.
  • Public Service: Elected to and served on the Urbandale Community Schools Board of Directors.
  • Awards: Women of Influence recipient (2011), Lifetime Achievement Award, Junior League of DM (2011)
  • Fundraising Success: Has guided staff & volunteers in raising more than $57 million for nonprofit organizations
    • Des Moines Symphony - $9.8 million (exceeded goal of $7.5 million)**
    • Blank Park Zoo - $5.5 million**
    • Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center - $3 million**
    • Des Moines Art Center: $17 million*
    • Blank Children’s Hospital: $15 million*
    • Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa: $11 million*
* Director of Development or VP of organization listed
** Isaacson Consulting client

Women of Influence
Des Moines Business Record, July, 2011

Lifetime Achievement Award – Inaugural Recipient
Junior League of Des Moines, March, 2011

You should get to know ... Connie Isaacson
Des Moines Register, July 23, 2008