“When Special Olympics Rhode Island began a consulting relationship with Partners in Philanthropy, our $3 million capital campaign had nearly come to a standstill. We had secured $1.8 million in gifts and pledges; however, we had no specific plan to use as guide in achieving our overall campaign goal. Louise Dinsmore assembled a dynamic team of fund raising professionals with expertise in major gift solicitation, volunteer management and grant writing. Together, they put together a detailed plan to prioritize our grant applications, and opened new doors for us with corporate, foundation and individual solicitations. In the first seven months of working with Louise’s team, we secured an additional $700,000 in commitments and completed our campaign. I know I speak for my entire Campaign Leadership Committee in saying that Partners in Philanthropy put our capital campaign back on track.”
CEO, Special Olympics Rhode Island
“I had the pleasure of working with Louise Dinsmore when she served as the Campaign Director to construct a multi-purpose arena at the University of Rhode Island. Louise arrived on staff during a critical time in the Campaign. Many alumni contributed to our success; however, Louise’s dedication to results-oriented fund raising ultimately made a tremendous difference to our great State University. Her organizational skills are second only to her people skills – two components that make her one of the most successful fund raising professionals I have ever encountered.”
Thomas M. Ryan
University of Rhode Island Alumnus, ‘73
Former Chairman, President & CEO of CVS/Caremark
“Trinity Repertory Company began its relationship with Partners in Philanthropy in June 2011. In 12 months since they were originally hired to help revive our $18 million comprehensive capital campaign, we made great strides towards achieving our goal. Cheryl Comai and Louise Dinsmore truly “partnered” with the members of our Development staff and assisted us tremendously in growing our Campaign Steering Committee, identifying new donors through extensive prospect research, and worked alongside both staff and volunteers to help create strategies for both individual and institutional campaign prospects. Cheryl’s constant presence helped keep us focused and on track with solicitation schedules and campaign goals. In particular, we found Cheryl’s expertise in major gift solicitation to be invaluable. Cheryl and Louise helped us navigate our campaign through a challenging economic climate and their knowledge of the Rhode Island community and its fund raising capacity is second to none. I am thrilled to say that we surpassed our $18 million campaign goal through the help of our volunteers and without question, because of the experience and partnership with Cheryl Comai and Louise Dinsmore of Partners in Philanthropy.”
Former Executive Director, Trinity Repertory Company
“I served as the Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign Committee for Sophia Academy. We selected Louise Dinsmore of Partners in Philanthropy to guide us in raising $1.5 million for a new home for Sophia. Louise’s can-do attitude and her refreshing energy brought a light to our efforts. Louise worked with the Head of School and the Campaign Committee to develop a prospect list and Partners in Philanthropy wrote a very effective campaign case statement that was used for our solicitation efforts. Louise was a pleasure to work with and I would recommend her without hesitation for your fund raising needs.”
Co-Founder, Murray Family Charitable Foundation
Board Member, Sophia Academy
“When our non-profit organization, Tockwotton on the Waterfront, was in need of fund raising counsel, we selected Partners in Philanthropy. Louise Dinsmore worked with our Director of Development, Denise Todd and me to help us build a culture of philanthropy within all aspects of our organization. Specifically, Louise wrote a comprehensive development plan which outlined specific strategies for annual giving, Board development, major gift solicitation and special event execution. Louise worked very closely with Ms. Todd on our annual auction, identifying a very effective Event Chairperson, assisting with sponsor solicitations and suggested the incorporation of a “Fund a Need” appeal during our special event. The “Fund a Need” helped us to educate our supporters on a specific program and we generated several thousand new dollars as a result of that effort. Cheryl Comai was also very helpful in researching new sources of corporate and foundation support for our programs. Our Board and I were very pleased with our partnership with Louise Dinsmore and Cheryl Comai as they gave us concrete suggestions and helped us build greater capacity for our non-profit.”
Tockwotton on the Waterfront
“As former President-Principal of Saint Raphael Academy I worked with Cheryl from December 2011 – June 2012. After I left my position, Cheryl continued to help with the transition in leadership and worked with St. Ray’s through June 2013. She is still providing advice and counsel on an ad hoc basis.
In Fall 2011, it became clear to our Board and to the school administration that if Saint Raphael Academy was to continue to remain viable and sustainable, we had a responsibility to move forward with the recommendations of a Feasibility Study conducted in the summer of 2011. It was with the full endorsement of the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Providence that we engaged the services of Partners in Philanthropy, LLC and more specifically engaged Cheryl as the consultant that we wanted to partner with as we implemented our Special Gift Initiative.
What I was most appreciative of is the collaborative nature in which Cheryl worked with me and my staff regarding the Special Gift Initiative. The vast experience that she brought to our efforts and the way in which she was attentive to the needs of Saint Raphael Academy, her "non -cookie cutter" approach, was most appreciated. She excelled at determining the abilities of those involved in this effort and built a strategy that used the talents of those at our school in a way that was both affirming and demanding. As Chief Administrator of Saint Rays, I felt as if I had a partner in the venture. She served as mentor and task master at the same time, not an easy accomplishment when dealing with a secondary school administrator!
In the end, I owe much of the success for our Special Gift Initiative to her and her professional manner, attention to detail and the ability to motivate a group of people with a wide variety of abilities toward our common goal. I am also appreciative for the times that I was able to engage in confidential conversation and to seek her wisdom in key areas of development.”
Mary Ann Donahue Lynch
Saint Raphael Academy