Over $19,000 Raised in 2018 as Associates Pay-It-Forward on Behalf of Clients

Pictured above: Amy Lewandowski of Gabriel Group, Hannah Levin, VISTA Staff Member, and Jessica Murphy, Free Store Manager of KidSmart, and Dave Hawkins and Erin Koury of Gabriel Group

Gabriel Group is exceptionally proud to announce that its 2018 annual Pay-It-Forward efforts generated a record-shattering $19,041 contribution to its partner organization of the year, KidSmart. Wrapping up the company’s eleventh consecutive year of its charitable giving initiative in honor of its clients, 2018’s total donation beat the previous year’s by over $3,000.

KidSmart’s mission is to empower children in need to succeed in school by equipping every child in Missouri with essential tools for learning. Through their work, KidSmart is able to provide kids with 10,000 school supplies every single week throughout the school year and distribute $55 million worth of learning tools on an annual basis. Gabriel Group was honored to champion its cause throughout the calendar year by hosting internal fundraising events for its associates. Examples included the always popular “bring your dog to work weeks,” competitive yard game tournaments and potlucks.

In addition to collecting funds throughout the year, associates also took advantage of numerous volunteer opportunities. While KidSmart was in a state of transition while they moved warehouse locations, Gabriel Group volunteers donated their time to sort inventory over multiple days throughout the year. Associates also volunteered to set up for KidSmart’s annual “Back to School with Joe Buck Celebrity Event” in the summer, and even got the chance to deliver supplies to schools in the St. Louis area. 2018 was the best year on record for Gabriel Group in regards to company-paid volunteer hours – a big point of pride for everyone in the company.

Gabriel Group is looking forward to continuing to make an impact within the St. Louis community as it moves into 2019 and beyond. If 2018 was any indication, the future is most definitely bright when it comes to the company’s giving potential! Gabriel Group’s next Pay-It-Forward organization will be revealed shortly … make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming announcement!

DO believe everything you read

Well, at least in your Gabriel Group winter newsletter …

We’re back in action with our latest edition of The Messenger – chock-full of innovative fundraising solutions, successful case studies and exciting internal news to share (wait until you see who just joined our team!).

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Questions? Comments? Interest? Give Anna a call at 314.743.5796 or email anna.mcnulty@gabrielgroup.com to get a conversation started today about how we can help your nonprofit achieve amazing fundraising results while you focus on making the world a better place.

Postal Rates to Change on January 27th

The United States Postal Service is enacting rate changes that have been approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission and will take effect on January 27, 2019.

A summary of eligible changes is outlined below.

  • First class stamps will increase in price from $0.50 to $0.55 while meter prices will increase from $0.47 to $0.50.
  • Commercial and nonprofit marketing mail will also increase by 2.5% overall, with some categories increasing and others decreasing.

For your convenience, our Gabriel Group Postal Rate Chart is available to you for download. Click here to view and save the PDF.

Alicia M. Lifrak, CFRE Announced as Gabriel Group’s Executive Vice President

Gabriel Group is proud to name Alicia M. Lifrak, CFRE as its Executive Vice President.

Alicia makes her way to Gabriel Group from Washington University in St. Louis where she served as the Senior Director, Regional Eliot Society Programs and Leadership Annual Giving. There, she was responsible for the recruitment and retention of a record-breaking 10,685 Eliot Society members and achieving $31.8M in annual fund support. She also specialized in developing volunteer leadership and market strategies for 22 target regions outside of St. Louis, created collaborative fundraising efforts for all schools and programs and led a multiyear giving initiative to sustain annual giving donations. Prior to her time at Washington University, Alicia served as the Chief Executive Officer at the Lewis & Clark Council, Boy Scouts of America from 2009-2016 and has provided consulting services to nonprofit and academic clients since 2003 to generate fundraising success, operational growth and increase organizational capacity.

“With Alicia now overseeing our entire fundraising team, we couldn’t be more confident that Gabriel Group will soon be seen as a full-service powerhouse to nonprofits everywhere,” CEO Dave Hawkins says.

“Her experience in the nonprofit sector – as CEO no less – will give us the perfect perspective in regards to exactly how we need to serve our current and future clients. Her work at Washington University also proves her practical knowledge of and within the direct marketing world which will benefit us greatly as we look to continue expanding our capabilities and market offerings.”

Alicia graduated cum laude from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts. She also completed the Senior Leadership Development Program at the Naveen Jindal School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas and the Culture of Philanthropy CEO Seminar at Washington University, Brown School of Social Work. Alicia has been engaged in numerous volunteer leadership roles and as a volunteer including Rotary International, Southwest Illinois Leadership Council, the Meridian Society, SIUE, the Women’s Society of Washington University and her local Parent Teacher Organization. When she’s not in the office, she enjoys traveling, live music and spending time with her four children.

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Check out our latest edition of The Messenger here for information on an amazing multichannel opportunity for your nonprofit, insight into how to keep your monthly donors happy, growing and giving and more.

And if you’re already getting spooked at the thought of planning for next year, reach out to us today before it’s too late! Email Anna at anna.mcnulty@gabrielgroup.com or give her a call by dialing 314.732.5796. Now is your chance to avoid digging your own grave in 2019 …

Good news travels even faster …

… especially when it comes to Gabriel Group!

Our nonprofit summer newsletter is now available online – and with some particularly exciting news to share.

As already mentioned on the blog, Membership Consultants has now joined our team! What this means is expanded, specialized capabilities when it comes to everything membership marketing and more for nonprofits. From digital marketing to on-site sales campaigns, our new team members are ready to help our clients exceed goals and make an impact like never before.

For more information about this extraordinary addition and more of our latest developments as one big happy company, check out our latest edition of The Messenger here.

 

 

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.

Gabriel Group Announces Janet Leigh as Director of Business Development

Gabriel Group is proud to name Janet Leigh as its Director of Business Development.

Janet comes from the St. Louis Region Missouri Chamber of Commerce where she focused on building relationships with local corporate business leaders and CEOs to increase and retain membership. She has also worked as the Director of Development & Special Events for Nurses for Newborns. There, Janet specialized in increasing donors, executing direct mail and digital fundraising campaigns and overseeing all charity events. In addition, Janet also held multiple sales management and business development positions at Carson-Dellosa Publishing early in her career.

“We are very excited for Janet to hit the ground running with us at Gabriel Group,” CEO Dave Hawkins says.

“Janet is not only personable and ambitious, but she has the combined knowledge and experience of both the corporate and nonprofit sides of our business which I’m not sure we’ve had before. She is a truly great fit for us at GG and I have no doubt that she will be able to make a difference for both us and our clients as we continue to build relationships in the future.”

Janet graduated from St. Louis University where she played volleyball as a collegiate athlete. In 2011, she was inducted into the St. Louis University Athletic Hall of Fame for her accomplishments. When she isn’t in the office, Janet enjoys playing golf and tennis as well as spending time with her husband and two daughters.