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Partner: Civic Center of Greater Des Moines



  Des Moines, IA
Services: Pre-Campaign Feasibility Study, Campaign Counsel
   
The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines is a 28-year-old tribute to what excellent executive and board leadership can achieve. Originally built with private funds, it annually provides more than 250,000 Iowans the opportunity to experience live performing arts. When the Civic Center needed to conduct their first campaign for a comprehensive set of renovations and upgrades in 2003 – they chose RGI. Working in partnership with board and staff, the campaign exceeded its $7 million goal and provided the funds necessary to provide patrons with a 21st century going theater experience.
 
"RGI was the right choice to help with our campaign. Their outside perspective and common sense counsel was very valuable. Would we use them again? Absolutely. " – Jeff Chelesvig, President and CEO
   
And they did, in 2011 when the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines began investigating the potential to renovate Nollen Plaza, they called Renaissance Group to carry out an condensed feasibility exercise and subsequent remote counsel.  
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Partner: Youth Emergency Services & Shelter
  Des Moines, IA
Services: Development Audit / RGI Annual Fund Development Plan
   
YESS has helped kids and parents be families since 1973. From its beginning as a small drop-in center for teens, YESS has grown into a well-established and highly regarded agency designed to keep children safe and families together. Wanting to move their development efforts to the next level, YESS engaged RGI to conduct a Development Audit to evaluate current development strengths and identify opportunities for growth. The audit and subsequent RGI Annual Fund Development Plan has served as the roadmap in more fully engaging the board in development activity and in significantly expanding the development program.
 
"Thank you for your work on our development plan. I am so impressed with your work and how you combined all the information and presented it in such a manageable and non-threatening approach." – Julie Schneider, Interim Executive Director
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Partner: Mary Greeley Medical Center

  Ames, IA
Services: Pre-Campaign Feasibility Study, Campaign Counsel
   

Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation needed help in 1998 to develop a much needed area Hospice House to serve Ames and surrounding area. Early projections indicated the home would never operate with revenues alone and would eventually need an endowment to sustain its future operations. RGI worked with the foundation to prepare the Ames community for a successful capital campaign to construct the Hospice House. Then three years later, RGI was retained to assist in Phase II, the feasibility study and fundraising campaign for endowing the Israel Family Hospice House. 

Since that time Mary Greeley Medical has engaged RGI to provide both pre-campaign and campaign counsel in the support of a $129 million renovation and expansion to their facilities.

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Partner: Westminster Presbyterian Church


  Des Moines, IA
Services: RGI Pre-Campaign Process (feasibility study), Capital Campaign Counsel
   
RGI worked with the religious and lay leadership of Westminster Presbyterian to conduct a comprehensive Pre-campaign Process and a subsequent capital campaign securing more than $5 million in support of various capital needs. This faith community of more than 700 families worked hard every day to meet their shared goals and RGI's experience augmented their hard-work and good intentions.
 
"We had never conducted a campaign anywhere near the magnitude of what we were proposing for our last expansion project. We knew we needed help and RGI proved to be exactly what we needed. David was sensitive to our mission and exceptionally well received by staff and volunteers alike. It was a joy to work with him." – Jim VandeBerg, Business Manager
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Partner: North Liberty Community Center/Aquatics Center/Library

  North Liberty, IA
Services: Pre-Campaign Feasibility Study, Campaign Counsel
   
Located in the fast-growing Cedar Rapids/Iowa City corridor, the City of North Liberty has experienced tremendous growth during the past decade. In an effort to provide appropriate services to a growing community, the city initiated a 20-year master community development plan for a central community center including library, gymnasium, meeting rooms and aquatic center. RGI was selected to provide a major community education initiative as part of a feasibility study in advance of the bond referendum and capital campaign for Phase I (including the initial community center and library). As Phase II and III of the project (expanded community center, aquatic center, and expanded library) have developed, RGI has been there every step of the way, continuing to provide directive services in support of additional feasibility studies, community education in support of additional bond referendums, and campaign counsel. The original 20 year plan will be completed approximately seven years ahead of the original schedule.
 
"RGI has been a long-term partner with our community. Their expertise in community fund-raising has been a source of great benefit to us as we have completed two phases of our master community center plans and are working with RGI to complete phase III now." – Dee Crowner, Library Director
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Partner: Crittenton Center
  Sioux City, IA
Services: Annual Fund Development
   
A beacon of hope for the social service industry in the greater Siouxland community Crittenton Center has provided care and direction to women and their children for over 100 years.  Renaissance Group was initially brought onboard with Crittenton to help them talk through the direction of the organization for the future, to determine concrete staff roles and implement an Annual Fund Plan.
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Partner: Lutheran Social Services of Indiana
  Fort Wayne, IN
Services: Annual Fund Development
   
Lutheran Social Services of Indiana have been helping families in Northeast Indiana for over 110 years. RGI has helped devise the funding strategy for the last several years and assisted in developing staff and board capacity through several personnel transitions. The relationship RGI has with LSSI and the greater Fort Wayne community goes much farther past the standard role of consultant and client. Renaissance group has formed a second home in the Fort Wayne community, thanks in large part to the recommendations and referrals that were provided by our LSSI friends.
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Partner: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

  Des Moines, IA
Services: Campaign Counsel, Pre-Campaign Feasibility Study
   
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden has been a visual icon across the Des Moines landscape for more than 30 years. In 2011 the Friends of the Botanical Center sought counsel to investigate the community support for a project in the amount of $10 million. Following the Pre-Campaign Process, RGI continued to provide counsel for a campaign that to-date has brought in private funds numbering nearly $11 million to support the goal of $12 million. The remaining funds have been secured through public contributions and a generous gift from the Vision Iowa Community Attraction and Tourism program.
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Partner: Good Neighbor Society

  Manchester, IA
Services: Campaign Counsel, Pre-Campaign Feasibility Study
   
The Good Neighbor Society has served families Delaware County for nearly 50 years. In 2011 they unveiled a new Memory Care Unit designed to specifically care for those diagnosed with Alzheimer's and other dementia causing illnesses bolstered by a successful capital campaign. The campaign and ongoing annual fund planning included the counsel of Renaissance Group and RGI has recently begun another campaign project in Manchester.
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Partner: Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity

  Des Moines, IA
Services: Campaign Counsel, Pre-Campaign Feasibility Study
   
Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity retained RGI as part of their feasibility study planning process and subsequent capital campaign to reinvent the way Habitat operates in Des Moines. A once in a lifetime opportunity presented itself through the opportunity to purchase a facility that would meet all the area needs of the organization, including the creation of a new and improved Re-Store. RGI worked with Habitat staff and volunteers to adapt to the changing needs of the organization as public and private funds met to complete this endeavor.
   
"RGI’s guidance and experience made the difference in both the feasibility study and as campaign counsel leading us through a successful campaign. We appreciated their personal touch to walk alongside us with ideas, wisdom, and focus."
Lance Henning
Executive Director
Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity
 
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Partner: Lutheran Life Villages
  Fort Wayne, IN
Services: Campaign Counsel, Annual Fund Development
   
Renaissance Group, Inc. was initially contracted with Lutheran Life Villages to implement an Annual Fund Development Planning Process. That process uncovered the need to begin a series of capital campaigns throughout their organization. RGI worked with LLV to design a strategy that will maximize their potential to raise funds in support of their various capital needs. Currently LLV is engaged in the second successful campaign phase providing new and enhanced opportunities for the aging in Ft. Wayne, IN. Counsel has included significant efforts to utilize Blackbaud Raiser's Edge and Planned Giving Counsel in addition to traditional campaign counsel.
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Partner: Sioux Center Community Hospital and Health Center Avera

  Sioux Center, IA
Services: Campaign Counsel
   
Sioux Center Community Hospital and Health Center Avera became a client for RGI in early 2011. Following the first few months of the campaign it became very clear that the leadership and culture of philanthropy in Sioux Center is exceptionally rare and sacrificial. Following a campaign, utilizing RGI's highly personal approach, Sioux Center has raised nearly $12 million for construction of a new hospital. This feat was accomplished in a community boasting a population of less than 8,000.
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Partner: Saint Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church

  Panama, IA
Services: Campaign Counsel, Pre-Campaign Feasibility Study
   
St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Panama sought the counsel of Renaissance Group in 2011 in preparation for a campaign to construct a Parish Hall/Community Center in town. Having worked with Josh Faber on a successful effort in nearby Westphalia, Rev. John Dorton was comfortable with the RGI approach to campaigns and was able to complete both the Pre-Campaign Process (feasibility study) and subsequent $1.2 million capital campaign within nine months. Volunteer efforts were outstanding throughout the process and bring to light the value of committed, trained volunteers for successful fundraising efforts.
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Partner: Des Moines Area Community College
  Ankeny, IA
Services: Gift Planning
   
The Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Foundation made it a priority to increase planned giving in 2011. They sought the counsel of Renaissance Group, Inc. to make this happen. With the area's foremost expert in planned and deferred gifts, Nancy Stefani, RGI was able to provide a seminar for a select group of DMACC Foundation friends and provided counsel on the back-end of her engagement to match donor expectations with DMACC funding opportunities.
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Partner: Diocese of Des Moines
  Des Moines, IA
Services: Gift Planning
   
Having been part of the Diocese of Des Moines family for more than 30 years, Nancy's insights and expertise in gift planning have provided opportunities for parishioners make gifts to their church and various other ministries creating a lasting effect. Nancy conducts regular Charitable Gift Annuity seminars for individual diocesan parishes.
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Partner: Mercy Foundation
  Des Moines, IA
Services: Gift Planning
   
When the Mercy Foundation needed to revitalize their planned giving strategy they called Renaissance Group. With the area's foremost expert on planned and deferred gifts on our staff, area organizations interested in bolstering their efforts and knowledge in planned gifts have worked with Nancy Stefani. RGI worked to create a seminar package for Mercy including a series of educational opportunities for a select group of constituents. As a follow up, Nancy makes herself available to meet with specific potential donors to help them work through which option will allow them to give the most they can to the organization of their choice, while doing well for themselves in the process.
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Partner: WesleyLife
  Johnston, IA
Services: Pre-Campaign Feasibility Study, Campaign Counsel
   

Renaissance Group, Inc. has provided varied counsel to WesleyLife for nearly 20 years. RGI is honored to see the far reach of WesleyLife and to have forged a lasting partnership providing for the needs of the communities served by Wesley.

RGI has worked with worked with WesleyLife to improve senior care in the following communities: Atlantic, Des Moines, Indianola, Newton and Pella.

Pre-Campaign Process

ACCESS (Asault Care Ctr Extending Shelter/Support)
All Saints Catholic Church
American Red Cross - Grant Wood Chapter
American Red Cross - Great Plains Chapter
Anawim Housing
Audubon Nebraska
Avera Flandreau Hospital
Benedictine Health Care Foundation
Boys & Girls Club of Cedar Rapids
Boys & Girls Club of Phoenix
Campfire Council of Greater Arizona
Children and Families of Iowa
ChildServe (3)
Civic Center of Greater Des Moines (2)
Covenant Medical Center
Davis County Hospital
Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Devonian fosil Gorge, Inc.
Easter Seals Iowa (2)
Endow Urbandale
Friends of the Animal Center Foundation
Friends School Minnesota
Friendship Haven
Good Neighbor Homes
Grace Lutheran Church
Grand Island Performing Arts Center
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Habitat for Humanity
Hamilton County Hospital
Holy Family School Foundation
Hoyt Sherman Place
I Have A Dream Foundation
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Iowa Caregivers Association
Iowa City Parks & Rec. - Mercer Park Gymnasium
Iowa Gold Star Military Museum
Iowa Homeless Youth Centers
Italian Community Center
Jewish Life Center
LINK Associates
Lowe Park
Lutheran Life Villages
Lowe Park
Marion Heritage Center
Marion Public Library
Marshalltown Public Library
Mary Greeley Medical Center (3)
Mercy Hospital Foundation
Mindekirken Lutheran Church
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
New Hope Village
New Life Reformed Church
North Liberty Community Center
North Liberty Community Library
Orchard Place - Child Guidance Center
Pet Adoption Center
Pleasant View Lutheran Home
Quaker Heights Church Camp
Salisbury House Foundation
Scattergood Friends School
Solon Public Library
Southwest Leadership Foundation
Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Foundation
St. Benedict's Health Center
St. Catherine's Living Center
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church
St. John's Catholic Church
St. John's Preparatory School
St. Joseph Catholic Church
St. Marks Lutheran Church
St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church
St. Patrick Church
St. Pius X Catholic Church
St. Thomas More Center
The History Center of Cedar Rapids
The Nature Conservancy in Iowa
United Methodist Church
United Way of Story County
Upward Foundation
Washington High School Auditorium
Wellman Community Center
WesleyLife (5)
Westminster Presbyterian Church
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
YWCA of Greater Des Moines

Capital Campaign Counsel

ACCESS (Asault Care Ctr Extending Shelter/Support)
All Saints Catholic Church
American Red Cross - Grant Wood Chapter
American Red Cross - Great Plains Chapter
Anawim Housing
Animal Rescue League
Avera Flandreau Hospital
Benedictine Health Care Foundation
Boys & Girls Club of Phoenix
Calvin Community Foundation
Children and Families of Iowa
ChildServe (3)
Civic Center of Greater Des Moines (2)
Covenant Medical Center
Davis County Hospital
Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Des Moines University
Devonian fosil Gorge, Inc.
Easter Seals Iowa - Camp Sunnyside
Friends of the Animal Center Foundation
Friends School Minnesota
Friendship Haven
Good Neighbor Homes
Grace Lutheran Church
Grand Island Performing Arts Center
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Habitat for Humanity
Holy Family School Foundation
I Have A Dream Foundation
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Iowa Caregivers Association
Iowa City Parks & Rec. - Mercer Park Gymnasium
Iowa Gold Star Military Museum
Iowa Hall of Pride
Iowa Historical Preservation Alliance
Jewish Life Center
LINK Associates (2)
Lutheran Life Villages
Mainstream Living
Marion Heritage Center
Marion Public Library
Marshalltown Public Library
Mary Greeley Medical Center (3)
Mindekirken Lutheran Church
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
New Hope Village
New Life Reformed Church
North Liberty Community Center (2)
Orchard Place - Child Guidance Center
Pleasant View Lutheran Home
Quaker Heights Church Camp
Scattergood Friends School
Sioux Center Community and Health Center
Solon Public Library
Southwest Leadership Foundation
Ss. John & Paul Catholic Church
Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Foundation
St. Benedict's Health Center
St. Boniface Catholic Church
St. Catherine's Living Center
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church
St. John's Catholic Church
St. John's Preparatory School
St. Marks Lutheran Church
St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church
St. Patrick Church
St. Thomas More Center
The History Center of Cedar Rapids
United Methodist Church of Washington
Upward Foundation
Wellman Community Center
Wesley Life (6)
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Wildwood Hills Ranch
YMCA of Greater Des Moines

Annual Fund Development

America's Family Coaches
ChildServe
Christian Brothers St. Paul/Minneapolis Province
Christian Brothers US Conference
Community Housing Development Corporation
Crittenton Center
Des Moines Symphony
Dowling Catholic High School
Easter Seals Iowa - Camp Sunnyside
Easter Seals, ARC of Indiana
Exceptional Persons
Heartland Youth Choir
Hope Early Childhood Learning Center
INVITE, Inc.
Iowa Hall of Pride
Iowa School Board Foundation
Iowans for Social and Economic Development
Itasca Community College Foundation
Kingsway College
Lutheran Life Villages
Lutheran Social Services of Indiana
National Center For Fathering
Oakridge Neighborhood Services
Prevent Child Abuse - Iowa
Reif Performing Arts Center
Trinity Baptist Church
United Action for Youth
William Penn University
Youth Emergency Shelter & Services
YWCA of Greater Des Moines

Gift Planning

ChildServe
Des Moines Area Community College
Diocese of Des Moines
Kuemper Catholic School Foundation
Mercy College of Health Science
Mercy Hospital Foundation
Salisbury House Foundation
Trinity Regional Hospital Foundation
United Way of Story County
Variety Club - The Children's Charity
Wesley Life - Wesley Acres