Testimonials

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“Ms. Calhoun has been invaluable over the past ten plus years in assisting my efforts as part of the first ever Capital Campaign for the South Florida National Parks Trust, working for The Families of Flight 93 from September 11th in support of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania, and with the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation. Her wealth of experience, highest-caliber professional credentials, and extensive contacts in the philanthropic community have assured us of success for all of our non-profit endeavors. Peggy’s character and ethics are unsurpassed and assure her clients of respect and recognition from donors as being most worthy of the charitable contributions sought!”

Patrick White, Esq.

Past Capital Campaign Co-Chair - Big Cypress Education Center for South Florida National Parks Trust

Past President - Families of Flight 93

Board Member - Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation

 

Board Retreats

 

"Thank you for working with the Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County Board of Directors to help inform and move towards our organizational and financial goals. You provided us with a tremendous amount of information that will help us become more thoughtful in our contact and communication with our community as we prepare for a capital campaign."

Millicent Duval, Board Chair

 

 

 

"The meeting was a great success and the Board is re-energized, recommitted and has a new sense of direction. Your participation was critical to the positive outcome of the retreat. Your presentation was extremely educational and perfectly targeted. You addressed our problems -- including some we had not even recognized. To put it succinctly...you were right on the money!"

Barbara Ericksen, Executive Director, Kids Voting Broward

 

 

 

"Thank you for...assisting us with our Board Retreat. I believe the Trustees now have a much clearer view of their role in working for the Foundation that goes beyond events.... It was particularly helpful, I believe, for Trustees to realize that donor cultivation does not necessarily place them in the situation of asking for a large donation, but that they have many avenues available to them to be ambassadors for the hospital and its Foundation."

Bonnie Flynn, CFRE, President, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation

 

Campaigns

 

"We were very pleased with the professionalism and the thoroughness that Ms. Peggy Calhoun brought to our capital campaign. The Salvation Army in St. Petersburg had never had a capital campaign in its 95 year history. The fund raising went so well that when it was obvious we might very well exceed our goal before the public campaign we raised it by another $2 million. I personally would highly recommend Ms. Calhoun and her company."

Lt. Colonel Allen Satterlee, The Salvation Army

 

 

 

"I contacted and spoke to about 75% of your references and all were very, very gracious! They hailed you as a pioneer...whose actions and determination have brought them much success in their Studies & Campaign! We all came to the conclusion that you are exceptionally gifted and successful. You have the ability, they said, to touch the hearts of the Forbes list and still reach out to those who struggle in the gutters of our communities, to meet the needs of the less fortunate!"

Major Ronald Lugiano, The Salvation Army

 

 

 

"Just an overdue note to say thanks for a very interesting and informative seminar you offered at the Nonprofit Institute's session on How to Run A Capital Campaign. You were brilliant in your presentation and right on the money. For 35 years, as a non-profit management and fund raising consultant in New York, I always stayed away from the Capital Campaigns as I firmly believe that this is a specialty unto itself, and indeed you demonstrated this to the class...If I still retained my accounts, I would highly recommend you and your firm in a heartbeat."

Allan Weinberg, West Palm Beach, Florida

 

 

 

“As a CFO of a nonprofit healthcare institution, I had the opportunity to regularly engage with Peggy and her team to establish the core elements of a sound Advancement Department that included branding as well as the development of strategic marketing strategies for an aggressive expansion. Peggy tapped into her diverse knowledge and created unique approaches that fit our services and operating model, and budget. She is hands-on and actively connected with diverse stakeholders across departments and with our new revenue partners in various markets sharing her knowledge and expertise. Without a doubt, her work in marketing, advancement, and strategy provided us with the vision and a detailed roadmap to position and drive growth – helping safely to take us from a $40M budget to $120M the following year and then to $160M – all in three years.”

Alex Kramer, AIDS Service Organization

 

 

 

“Peggy Calhoun is a talented, creative, and optimistic fundraiser. I hired her as a consultant for a three-part event at the Palm Beach International Airport and a private supper club. The guest of honor was a jumbo jet about to go to Cuba on a humanitarian mission. She handled protests from Cuban-Americans, intrusive media, and difficult major donors with patience and diplomacy. Neither of us will forget that event. By the way, it was a great financial success!”

Eleanor Cicerchi, Corning Museum of Glass

 

Training and Workshops

 

“Thanks so much for your help, dedication and commitment to the class. I truly found the information useful and have been using my notebook as a reference guide.”

Rita M. Loredo, American Red Cross South Texas Chapter

 

 

 

"The two-day institute led by was one of the most well-planned, informative sessions I experienced in ten years as a grants professional. After years of focus on government grants, my transition to creating a development plan that diversifies fundraising strategies seemed ominous. Peggy's enthusiasm and willingness to share gave me simple tools to successful develop my program needs into a comprehensive funding strategy. Bravo to Miller, Calhoun & Company!"

Sharon Thessin, Polk County Workforce Development Board

 

 

 

"The last two days were an extraordinary opportunity for me to learn more about development. Your presentations were exceptional and I appreciate so much your willingness to share your considerable experience. The course answered many questions for me and helped me slide pieces into place that made the big picture infinitely clearer."

Clay Wright, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

 

 

 

"Please accept my thanks for a highly productive, very informative workshop. All so often these workshops are not worth the time, but I returned with many new ideas and a new perspective on raising money for my literacy programs."

Ellen DeVita, Literacy Manager, Charlotte County Public Schools