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Recent Testimonials: Don't Take Our Word For It

We are incredibly grateful to the organizations we’ve been able to partner with on exciting capital projects over the course of 40+ capital campaigns. The physical spaces, parks and trail projects, to name a few, have provided communities the opportunity to enhance the quality of life and even be a beacon of growth or resurgence of an area. For us, though, it really is all about the people.

We’re extending a huge thanks to a handful of people we have had the pleasure of working with over the past five or so years who took time out of their day to share their thoughts on working with Crescendo. From riverfront park projects to multi-state recreational trails and libraries in between, each project has brought unique challenges and exciting opportunities.

“The team at Crescendo is well-versed in what they do! Not only that, they're also strategic, organized, and are great communicators at every stage of the process. And, above all else, they helped my community reach our fundraising goals!”

Lee Heike, Hookd Promotions

Chippewa Riverfront Capital Campaign, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

Communications Committee Member

Story Builder Capital Campaign , Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Communications Committee Member

“Crescendo Fundraising Professionals was essential in providing a successful financial launch to our multi-million dollar public library capital project. Their professional and dedicated experience connected all the stakeholders in our community and strategically raised the critical dollars that helped us break ground ahead of our goals. Crescendo brings unquestionable integrity and unwavering positive energy to ensure success for any project.”

Kay Walsh, President, Somerset Public Library Board of Trustees

Somerset Library Capital Campaign, Somerset, Wisconsin

“Crescendo Fundraising Professionals is the best fundraising firm I have worked with. The group is highly motivated, well organized, knowledgeable, professional and, most of all, successful.

Having worked with the firm on a number of occasions, the above attributes are both ever-present and uncommonly honed, but the trait that makes me favor them on every occasion is their unflappability. I have seen many adverse things affect their campaigns, but they always have the uncanny ability to find solutions that are effective and on many occasions better. To my mind, this firm is composed of consummate professionals.”

Gary Evans, Vice President for Advancement, retired, Winona State University

The Flyway Trail Capital Campaign, Winona, MN

Campaign Co-Chair

“I am honored to share my positive experiences working with Crescendo Fundraising Professionals, LLC. To start with, in the past, the City of Chippewa Falls had never hired a fundraising consultant. Crescendo Consulting’s initial presentation to the Park Board was informational and non-assertive. The Park Board was immediately impressed with Crescendo’s competence and experience. The Board also felt comfortable with their consistent method, using the same step by step approach to fundraising.

After interviewing other firms, the Park Board hired Crescendo Consulting to lead the capital campaign to raise the funds to build a new Welcome Center/Small Mammal/Aviary/Artifacts Storage Building in Irvine Park.

This capital campaign raised over $3.5 million dollars six months ahead of the anticipated schedule. The success was due to the leadership and direction we received from Crescendo Fundraising Professionals, LLC. The City of Chippewa Falls was so elated with their performance, they were later hired to raise funds to build a new riverfront park in our downtown.

I have and will continue to recommend Crescendo Fundraising Professionals to anyone wishing to hire a consultant to run a successful capital campaign. I encourage you to reach out to company president, Ellen Hongerholt, and her competent staff, to find out how they can provide support and guidance to your organization.”

Dick Hebert, retired Director of Parks, Recreation & Forestry, for the City of Chippewa Falls

Irvine Park Zoo Capital Campaign, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

For more references from Crescendo projects, check out our webpage here. If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help bring your capital campaign project to life, contact us today at

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