Gabriel Group and Membership Consultants Join Forces

As of June 18, 2018, Gabriel Group and Membership Consultants, a fellow St. Louis-based fundraising firm, have officially joined forces through a mutual acquisition agreement. The merger comes as an exciting one as it adds greater depth in expertise and focus to the clients of both companies.

As an organization, Membership Consultants provides program strategy and planning services to membership organizations including museum, zoo, aquarium and visitation-based nonprofits and associations around the world. They also specialize in direct mail, digital marketing, telemarketing and on-site sales campaigns. These services will now be combined with Gabriel Group’s areas of expertise, which include full-service campaign development, planned giving lead generation and in-depth data analysis. As a whole, both Gabriel Group and Membership Consultants will greatly benefit by the collective services the pair will now offer together to their nonprofit partners.

“Having the Membership Consultants team on board is going to be amazing for Gabriel Group as a company. Adding their extensive knowledge of membership marketing and management to our existing suite of fundraising services will help so many organizations and their missions. Our company cultures and our collective focus on quality fundraising services are a perfect match. We are very much looking forward to experiencing the many positive outcomes, both internal and external, this will have on our future together,” said President Charlie Pitlyk.

Dana Hines, Vice President of Membership Marketing, added, “We couldn’t be more excited to be teaming up with Gabriel Group. Moving forward, we will be able to provide expanded direct mail capacity as well as a greater depth in staffing resources and client services to our current and future clients. This move is a smart one due to the fact that gaps that were previously left open are now filled on both sides. We can’t wait to begin working with our new team members at Gabriel Group and start making a difference together as a united front.”

Membership Consultants Client Sampling:

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Zoo New England

Desert Botanical Garden

Smithsonian

Louvre Abu Dhabi

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

The Henry Ford Museum of Innovation

History Colorado

Frost Museum of Science

Space Center Houston

Saint Louis Art Museum

Renee Durnin Recertified As a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)

Gabriel Group is proud to announce that Renee Durnin, Director of Agency Services, has been recertified as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.

“The CFRE credential was created to identify for the public and employers those individuals who possess the knowledge, skills and commitment to perform fundraising duties in an effective and ethical manner,” states Jim Caldarola, CFRE, Past Chair of CFRE International. “As the certification is a voluntary achievement, the CFRE credential demonstrates a high level of commitment on the part of Renee Durnin to herself, the fundraising profession and the donors who are served.”

CFRE recipients are awarded certification for a three-year period. In order to maintain certification status, certificants must demonstrate on-going fundraising employment and fundraising results and continue with their professional education. Employers and donors who work with CFRE’s know they are getting a professional who is committed to the best outcomes for their organization and has the requisite knowledge and skills.

Lynn Connors Joins Gabriel Group as Director of Business Development

Gabriel Group is pleased to announce the addition of Lynn Connors as Director of Business Development.

Lynn joins the company’s gaming team after a successful career in casino management. Before coming to Gabriel Group, Lynn served as the Executive Casino Host at Casino Queen in East St. Louis for five years, where she developed customer relationships through new promotions to enhance engagement as well as coordinated player loyalty events. Prior to Casino Queen, Lynn worked at both River City Casino and Lumiere Place Casino as the Casino Host at each casino through their parent company, Pinnacle Entertainment. In addition, she also held the position of Senior Account Manager at SCA Promotions, where she partnered with casino executives to bring promotions to their player’s clubs.

CEO Dave Hawkins states, “Lynn’s experience and knowledge of the gaming industry will bring such a boost to Gabriel Group and our clients.

“Anytime we can add someone to our team who comes with direct insight into the organizations we aim to partner with is only going to benefit us as a company. Lynn brings with her years of expertise within the casino market and we couldn’t be more thrilled to now have her onboard. Her knack for building strong relationships and implementing successful player engagement strategies is going to help so many of our client partners, and we can’t wait to see what she can do.”

Lynn attended both Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and the University of Missouri, where she competed on the diving team at each. When she isn’t in the office, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, Carli, and twin sons, John and James. Lynn also enjoys playing tennis, pickleball, golf and boating.