Testimonials

Ashland Independent Film Festival

“Our organization first became connected with 2468 Appreciate when Jessica volunteered for one of our events. We quickly bonded over her enthusiastic creative energy and were thrilled to learn that she and her husband, Ron, were experienced development consultants. When our Development Director left for another position, we hired 2468 for one year to manage our fundraising efforts, with a particular emphasis on elevating our major gift strategies and approaches. During that year, Ron and Jessica’s thoughtful and attentive coaching led our organization to begin bringing in larger gifts than we had ever received. Their combined knowledge and experience in the delicate art of cultivating donors for major gifts has been essential to shaping the way our development department operates. Ever since, they have been giving us pro bono consulting support to reinforce what they helped establish. Not only are Ron and Jessica generous with their time and attention, but their lighthearted spirit and sharp senses of humor make working with them and learning from them far more enjoyable than one would expect fundraising education to be. Our team is grateful for all of the valuable insight they have shared with us and all the ways their guidance has elevated our organization.”

Ashland Independent Film Festival
Erica Thompson
Executive Director


Oregon Shakespeare Festival

“The Oregon Shakespeare Festival contracted with 2468 Appreciate to complete a benchmarking study of its fundraising operations in comparison to peer theaters. Ron and Jessica were amazing to work with. Their intuitive grasp of the nuances of working with the board of directors, major donors and staff of an arts organization made the process go smoothly and painlessly. They approached the work strategically with the perfect blend of critical analysis and compassion. The results of the study have laid the groundwork for OSF leadership to build a roadmap for the future of its Development Department that we know will lead to increased efficiency and more contributed income.”

Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Dawn Elsbree
Interim Director of Development


Grand View University

“We’ve been looking for a solution that will help Grand View connect young alumni to students in a way that brings value to both. It allows alumni to dip their toe in and then we can work to further engage them. 2468 is helping us with a program that specifically meets our needs. While still early in the process, we are excited to work with Ron on this data-driven endeavor.”

Grand View University
Bill Burma
Vice President for Advancement
Des Moines, IA


Pacific Lutheran University

“We spent nearly 18 months in visioning and planning for our new scope and structure – conducting audience research, conversations about collaboration with campus partners, benchmarking with peer institutions, and internal planning. I asked Ron to come in, to raise our sights and push us. His years of experience and fresh eyes have produced ‘aha!’ moments and helpful questions that we would have missed. His external perspective is so valuable and my team and I are grateful to have him as a partner as we reimagine traditional models of alumni engagement and career development.”

Pacific Lutheran University
Mary Duvall
Associate Vice President of Advancement
Tacoma, WA


Point Park University

“It was time to shift our alumni programming to ‘strategic alumni engagement.’ We were not exactly sure how to begin the conversation and the planning, so Ron’s presentation positioned us to evaluate all our previous planning and initiatives, which validated our desire to move to the next level of high-impact engagement. Having other departments at the table, along with the Alumni Leadership Board, proved invaluable. We are now moving toward strategic alumni engagement in all that we do and in alignment with the University’s strategic plan.”

Point Park University
Sharon Navoney
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Pittsburgh, PA