Testimonials
"Connie Isaacson brings a wealth of experience and a habit of success to benefit mission driven organizations. It has been my pleasure to have worked with and observed Connie over nearly two decades of service to a number of organizations. Among her unique talents are an unusual ability to insert complete honesty into the dialogue, seemingly boundless energy, lively curiosity, excellent planning skills, and a dedication to implementation of a plan. She has been a valuable resource to many worthy causes."
Ivan Lyddon
Retired President, Iowa Health Foundation




"Connie is a consummate professional who brings well-developed skills of planning, donor development and community knowledge to the table. I have known Connie professionally for more than 25 years and I continue to be inspired by her leadership, proactive and thoughtful consideration of challenges and unique ideas in moving forward. Her hands-on fundraising success as well as management of the fundraising process is superior and strengthened by her in depth knowledge of our community. Connie works hard and has achieved great success while earning and maintaining the respect of her peers, colleagues and community leaders."
Nancy Bobo, CFRE
Vice President of Development & Marketing, Orchard Place




“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




"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
Living History Farms, Executive Director




"Connie Isaacson is a true gem when it comes to motivating and training non-profit board of directors and staff.  Her precise and detailed work is comprehensive, thoughtful and meaningful.  A year after working with Connie on our five-year strategic plan , our board is still using the skills and knowledge presented in our training sessions to cultivate new donors .  We approach donors with a new confidence and the results are showing."

Carrie Clogg
Executive Director, Civic Music Association



"I have never met a more talented development professional than Connie Isaacson and I consider myself fortunate to have worked closely with her. Connie is the type of person who makes you feel like an old friend within a few minutes of meeting her. Yet, her relaxed and welcoming personality is coupled with an incredibly high drive for excellence and a deep passion to make the world a better place. It's nearly impossible not to like Connie and equally difficult not to want to support the causes she promotes."
Heather Starr
North Starr Communications, LLC



“Connie Isaacson’s thoughtful and professional approach, as well as, her intuitive grasp of our audience, needs, and challenges enabled her to develop a comprehensive marketing plan for a major project (the 24th National Veterans Golden Age Games). She met our needs in every way, in addition, she was great to work with… responsive, thorough and timely. I look forward to continuing my relationship with Isaacson Consulting.”
Lisa Christie
VA Central Iowa Health Care, 2010 Golden Age Games Coordinator




"Connie Isaacson provided the best strategic planning process I have been involved with in more than 25 years of non-profit leadership. Our staff and some Board members had been through a couple of lengthy, expensive strategic plans that were impractical for implementation and ended up on shelves. Connie quickly overcame the resulting skepticism, gaining confidence and active participation. She did a great job of keeping us on track with the end result of a meaningful, visionary and workable strategic plan.”
Jim Dietz-Kilen
Director of Development, Living History Farms



"We called upon Connie needing advice in the waning days of a large matching gift opportunity. She brought expertise and creativity to bear in making suggestions that were out of the box. Her strategy worked very well. We received the grant and couldn’t be happier."

Paul Jones
Director of Development, Central College, Pella, Iowa



“Connie Isaacson is GREAT at what she does!  Our organization was so much more prepared to tackle fund development following Connie’s mentoring and training.  From helping us create a measurable plan for the annual fund  to assisting with our direct mail program, Connie’s guidance and creative ideas have resulted in new fundraising successes for the Young Women’s Resource Center.”

Heather Soener
Executive Director, Young Women’s Resource Center




"I have experienced and observed the work of Connie Isaacson for nearly 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 would be beneficial to any nonprofit organization. In addition, her follow-through and commitment to providing an excellent work product are unparalleled."

Kristi Knous
President, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines



"When your organization or group needs practical measures for advancing your mission Connie Isaacson can help.  Her advice on how to build relationships and trust with donors is key to the success of any fundraiser.  The members of our AFP Chapter greatly benefitted from her fast-paced and information-packed presentation."

Mary Ludwig
Director of Marketing, Development and Volunteers, Stewart Memorial Community Hospital




"Our capital campaign was struggling when we enlisted the help of Isaacson Consulting.  Connie’s counsel added new energy and momentum.  Her organization, knowledge of the community and ideas for new prospects all combined to allow us to successfully complete the campaign and our new facility.  Both Board and staff found Connie’s involvement to be inspiring and highly effective.  Working with Isaacson Consulting has benefitted our organization immensely."
Ellery Duke, PhD
Executive Director, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center




"Your presentation today was absolutely outstanding!  It was the best Board orientation we have had in years.  Your wisdom and calm presence have nearly single-handedly made my year as Federation President rewarding and pleasurable."
Barbara Hirsch-Giller
President, Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines