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AMPERAGE Fundraising – Moving the Needle & Impacting Lives

Another year of impacting lives is almost in the books and our post-pandemic-era fundraising practices continue to evolve. In 2023, AMPERAGE helped clients by moving away from virtual and hybrid events, understanding that individuals want more engagement and personal involvement with the charities they support. This is also noted in the success of nonprofit storytelling and the ability to share your organization’s story and client testimonials through various print, electronic or video mediums.

Charitable giving has also become more diversified, with corporations looking to make a greater impact on society and individuals choosing to donate through other avenues such as IRAs or donor-advised funds.

In what may be seen as a challenging climate to raise private fundraising dollars due to inflation and an uncertain economy, several AMPERAGE clients kicked off public phases of their capital campaigns in 2023: Cedar Falls Historical Society, National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Waverly Child Care & Preschool and the MacPhail Center for Music.

At AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising, we continue to grow and evolve with the changing times to create greater impact in our communities. Part of our growth over the past year includes the acquisition of Minneapolis fundraising consulting firm Hansen, Henley, Yoder & Lamb to expand our reach and provide integrated marketing and fundraising solutions in the Twin Cities market.

Is your organization looking to make a greater impact in 2024? Check out how our AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising can help you move the needle. We are a leading marketing agency and fundraising consulting firm that serves clients across the Midwest, nation and globe from Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. With a focus on healthcare, education, nonprofits, finance & insurance and manufacturing/B2B, AMPERAGE believes in doing work that positively impacts people’s lives in significant ways. 

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Melissa provides fundraising counsel for AMPERAGE’s nonprofit clients, leading feasibility studies and providing solutions that drive successful fundraising campaign results. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), she uses her experience and extensive skill set to continually advance her fundraising practices and develop campaign-specific strategies, materials and training to help clients reach their campaign goals and advance their mission. Melissa has vast experience working in the nonprofit sector, having served in development and leadership roles with Sisters of Mercy and the Alzheimer’s Association. In addition, she has served as a volunteer and board member with local nonprofits, such as the Catherine McAuley Center. Faith-based organizations and causes are of particular interest to Melissa. Melissa moves the needle by always looking for new opportunities and ways to improve professionally. She is currently president of the Eastern Iowa Planned Giving Council and a past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Eastern Iowa Chapter. Melissa holds a Master of Strategic Leadership degree from Mount Mercy University. This busy professional, wife and mother enjoys sports and live music in her free time. A fan of Cubs baseball and Iowa Hawkeye football, Melissa and family enjoy football tailgating, where she’s known for her breakfast burritos. She enjoys the local band scene but says a Foo Fighters concert is her all-time favorite.