Coneflower Consulting

Empowering Creative Non-Profits throughout the Midwest

Just as the flora and fauna of the Great Plains are shaped by the rolling prairies and rugged climate in which they exist, non-profits face special challenges and unique opportunities based on their geographic, cultural, and political environments. At Coneflower Consulting, we are committed to helping creative non-profits in the Midwest flourish. If your non-profit organization’s mission is in arts & culture, humanities, or education, we’re here to help you cultivate the resources you need to thrive.

Consulting during Covid-19: During this challenging time, Coneflower Consulting is ready to work with you to meet your changing needs. Special discounts and payment plans available for those in need. Fill out the contact form below.

Programming

Programming

It’s what you do best. But sometimes, even the experts need a fresh perspective or a little extra support. Whether you’re taking your programming in new directions, serving new audiences, or meeting new objectives, we’ve got specialists in your area who can help. We assist with online and in-person curriculum development for all ages, born-digital programming, creative placemaking projects, audience-building initiatives… If you can dream it, we can help make it a reality.

Grant Writing

Grant Writing

Coneflower Consulting has brought over $4 million in grants to the Midwest in just over eight years. We have experience not only finding grant opportunities that are unique to creative non-profits in the Midwest but also securing them through our expertise in program development, proposal writing, project management, budgeting, and evaluation. Whether you’re just starting to think about grant funding, need help writing and submitting a grant application, or want administrative support for a previously secured grant award, we can help.

Fundraising

Fundraising

At Coneflower Consulting, we love helping non-profits raise money! We provide support in the development, implementation, and evaluation of campaigns for major gifts, planned gifts, and memberships. From database organization to board trainings, case statements to prospect research, we’ve got you covered.

Communications

Communications

It’s hard to rally people around your mission if you can’t communicate it clearly and memorably. With a combined staff experience of over twenty years in marketing and promotions, Coneflower Consulting supports all your website, digital media, graphic design, copy writing, and print publication needs.

Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning

Before you invest in that big consulting firm from the coast, take a look closer to home. We know the Midwest non-profit ecosystem inside and out, and we’re here to help you make the most of all that it has to offer, today and tomorrow.

Leadership

Leadership

We specialize in the challenges that come with leadership transitions and are well-equipped to help your organization navigate periods of change to end up stronger, more cohesive, and more motivated than ever! We work with staff, board members, and donors to ensure that all parties feel their needs are being met during times of transition, and we can also provide interim leadership and temporary staffing support.


About Us

The humble coneflower is a common sighting amongst the prairie grasses of the Great Plains. Deceptively delicate-looking with its petals ranging in hue from dark magenta to light pink, the coneflower is actually a drought-tolerant perennial that uses its long taproot and affinity for sunlight to persevere and prosper across the Midwest.

Coneflower Consulting was founded by Sarah Bishop, a longtime Kansan with a commitment to maintaining and expanding the vibrant creative, cultural, and educational community of the Midwest. Sarah received her PhD in literature and media from the University of Virginia and has over a decade of experience in grant writing, fundraising, communications, strategic planning, and leadership for Midwest non-profits and institutions of higher education. Sarah is excited to help your Midwestern non-profit build on its past successes to reach new heights.

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