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Testimonials: Testimonials

Joan Perch, Executive Director

Danielle’s specific recommendations quickly led to increased donations from past donors and in better organizing and implementing our FireFish Festival campaign for outreach to new sponsors.  A true professional in every sense, Danielle quickly became a trusted and valued colleague, working effectively alongside staff and board members.  While always keeping us on track and focused on our work together, she brought a sense of humor, flexibility and understanding that kept the work upbeat and positive.


Alyssa Perna, Owner, Experience Events, & Marketing

I've known Danielle professionally for over a decade.  Danielle is a dynamic, knowledgeable, trustworthy development professional who has coached me in different roles throughout my career.  At Ingenuity, she helped us identify potential new donors and made suggestions to help our nonprofit organization expand and grow beyond the norm.  Danielle comes highly recommended and is an asset to any team!


Sara Godrey, Executive Director, United Way of Erie County

I would refer colleagues to work with Danielle without a doubt. Her upbeat attitude and schedule flexibility along with knowledge was top tier. She went above and beyond to share any examples and provide any needed resources. I learned so much valuable information and strategies to assist me in achieving success.


Cynthia Rios, Executive Director
The Haven Home

Working with Danielle has been a real pleasure.  She helped us get our annual appeal started and the whole process was seamless.  We acquired new donors, and she helped us develop an ongoing cultivation strategy.  It was our first time using a fund development consultant and the experience exceeded our expectations.  It was a great investment that will continue to benefit it us long after the contract ends.  I would confidently recommend her to others.

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Ryan Aroney, Executive Director
United Way of Greater Lorain County

Danielle has been everything we’ve needed her to be as we’ve worked together to create a new organizational function within our fund development department.


She’s been organized, accessible, open, honest and has held us accountable. She’s also been willing to do anything we need her to do, from administrative assistance to meeting with donors – and everything in between – and I’ve been impressed with how thoroughly she’s able to communicate our mission. Her expertise has helped to expand our capacity and I’ve been very happy with our partnership.

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Stacy Sufka, Founder & CEO
Gladegy Consulting, LLC

Danielle's knowledge, expertise, and passion for helping us succeed were evident from the start. She invested time in understanding our organization's unique needs and objectives, conducting a comprehensive assessment of our donor engagement practices to identify untapped opportunities and areas for improvement. Her thought-provoking questions and ability to challenge our assumptions encouraged us to think creatively.


Danielle's guidance and coaching were crucial in developing a strategic approach to donor engagement. She provided practical resources, tools, and frameworks that helped us strengthen our relationship-building efforts. Her insights into donor psychology and effective communication strategies transformed the way we interacted with supporters.


What impressed me most about Danielle was her commitment to fostering a collaborative environment. She ensured that everyone felt heard and valued throughout the coaching process, facilitating meaningful conversations to enhance our collective efforts. 

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Rev Melanie Harrell Delaney,
Co-Executive Director 
Bethany Fellows

While working with Danielle we quickly identified gaps in our fundraising program. I never left our sessions feeling overwhelmed.  This was an excellent investment – we not only received actionable steps toward a better development and fundraising strategy for the organization, I received a boost of confidence in my ability to lead us well in this work.

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Janus Small, President
Janus Small Associates

I have had the honor and pleasure to know Danielle Locke for over five years in various capacities with quite a few clients. Not only is Danielle a wise, thoughtful and creative fundraiser herself, her skill and care in teaching others - Board members, staff, and volunteers - is outstanding. She exemplifies the “teach a person to fish…” proverb, teaching and guiding organizations to develop their own strong skills and internal culture of fundraising. I am proud to recommend her to nonprofit organizations in the region.


Ryan Wood,
Chief Financial & Operations Director

Danielle helped us organize a chaotic fund development system, fixing errors in the CRM database and allowing us the ability to focus our efforts on the most lucrative opportunities. She filled an important role of Director of Development on a contract basis and helped create stability and structure for development needs. Her upbeat demeanor and enthusiasm, coupled with her superior problem-solving ability, made it easy for staff and potential donors to warm to her quickly.

Nonprofit Clients

I am more than a consultant; I am your coach, sounding board, guide, and partner - every step of the way!

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