At ACG, we have been on a lifelong journey to make the world a better place. We can’t do it alone. We need partners who are ready to go from good to great, people with questions and the drive to find innovative answers, organization leaders with big dreams and the audacity to believe they can come true. Together, we can do something great.
Rachel Armbruster started ACG in 2009 in response to her passionate commitment to making positive changes in society and dedication to the success and growth of nonprofit organizations. Clients often comment about Rachel’s breadth of experience and ideas which are highlighted when coming up with out-of-the-box thinking, creative approaches to fundraising, interesting concepts or new ways to innovate existing programs.
Proudest professional moment:
Launching the LIVESTRONG wristband campaign and seeing my mom, a breast cancer survivor, wear it at my son’s baptism.
Stacey Bowers is an experienced nonprofit professional whose resume includes experience with local grassroots fundraising, nonprofit chapter leadership and national peer-to-peer fundraising programs. Those foundational experiences provided significant opportunity to impact all aspects of nonprofit work, and clients and peers recognize Stacey’s analytical approach to fundraising as a tremendous asset.
Proudest personal achievement:
Teaching her kids to read.
Laurel approaches every initiative with one goal in mind: make each supporter feel like a proud investor in the mission. Through her experience in strategic development, peer-to-peer fundraising and digital campaigns, Laurel committed to helping clients express devotion to their cause through innovative campaigns that can make anyone an effective fundraiser.
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein
Haley is an experienced customer relations professional with a background in athletic fundraising. Her passion for building lasting relationships benefits peer to peer fundraising focused clients. Haley is committed to making a positive impact through nonprofit work and helping others reach their goals.
As a military wife, Haley has lived in 4 states in 5 years, moving coast to coast twice.
Molly’s passion and involvement with nonprofits began at a very early age as she raised money, volunteered and participated in many different runs, walks and improvement projects around her hometown. Today, she uses that passion and a fascination with online technology and how it can inform, engage and connect people to the organizations and causes they care about.
Molly broke fundraising records for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event during her freshman year of college!
Staci is mission-focused, strategic, energizing, metric-driven, and results oriented. Some of her favorite topics include how to manage and motive team managers, how to best use direct mail in a digital age, customer experience, and loyalty marketing opportunities to keep alumni and past volunteers engaged with your organization.
Staci shares a birthday with both her father and her great grandfather. What are the odds?
St. Louis, MO
Angie Schlanger has 15 years of nonprofit experience specializing in strategic marketing and fundraising programs that will increase revenue and build brand awareness. She helps nonprofit organizations achieve their mission and vision, and assists corporations in making a meaningful contribution to their communities.
Go on an African Safari, take a trip to Ireland with her family, and write a children’s book.
San Antonio, TX
Kelly Katz founded Kelly Katz Marketing in 2003 after promoting some of the finest resorts & spas in the country as a PR and marketing director. She has helped nonprofit organizations promote educational programs and navigate the media landscape. She is passionate about helping people and organizations identify and achieve their dreams through creative expression.
“It is not what you look at that matters, it is what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
Colleen has 10 years of nonprofit experience specializing in event planning and execution, donor cultivation and stewardship, and fundraising strategy. She builds loyalty with donors while helping the client to exceed revenue goals. She wants to connect with people at every level and make an extraordinary impact every day. Colleen’s greatest strengths are innovative thinking and creativity.
Favorite Place to Hike:
At ACG we pride ourselves on building the best team for every job. If you are an energetic, self-motivated, experienced professional who is interested in working on a diverse list of projects for nonprofits that are changing the world, we would love to hear from you. Send your resume and reference list to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be in touch.
We are problem solvers, opportunity seekers and innovators. We provide strategy, program execution, and everything in between. It’s not just what we do, it’s who we are.
What do you need to accomplish for the sake of your mission? What resources do you need to make it happen? Where are you going to get those resources? A well-executed fundraising plan exponentially increases your odds of success. Let’s ask questions, seek answers and plan for a better future for your organization and the people it serves.
Through a balance of innovation and industry best practices, we help charities raise more money. Whether we are building an event from concept to completion or helping you fine tune existing revenue streams, ACG will create and execute solutions that inspire people to support your essential mission.
Nonprofits are doing more with fewer resources. Your people have increased demands on their time and an increased realm of responsibility. Survival is dependent on two words – efficient and effective. To that end, Armbruster Consulting Group provides staff coaching and training, board development and training, transition support, motivational speaking and more. When we do our job, we leave you more equipped to do yours.
As professional speakers, we are energized by the opportunity to share our experiences with others so they may be motivated and inspired to excellence and positively impact their passions. Topics include:
-Personal branding and storytelling
-Start-up leadership and organization
“Rachel is great at really listening to what organizations need and seeing the possibilities, and then help them with a strategy to make it a reality. Her wide range of experience and ability to see new ways to make connections makes her a great strategic partner.”
“Rachel has a great breadth of experience and ideas. When working with her, we were always presenting with out-of-the box thinking, whether marketing ideas, creative approaches to events, interesting ‘whole’ concepts, or new ways to innovate existing programs. She is personable and relates well to many audiences and levels, and strongly values client relationships.”
“Rachel is professional and knowledgeable about team building and team dynamics. After listening to the challenges we were facing as a team, she crafted and facilitated exercises designed to address our challenges and produce results. She established trust with our group immediately and challenged us to look at traditional patterns in a different light. Her presentation included pre-work, homework and follow up 90 days post-presentation which was really helpful with our group to achieve results. Within 72 hours of our meeting with Rachel, our team started developing new healthy habits related to decision making, team relations and conflict resolution. I highly recommend Rachel for your next project. You will feel comfortable and confident working with her as we did. Thank you, Rachel”
“Rachel is the best in her field. She is detail oriented, thinks outside the box and doesn’t settle for anything less than perfect. Wonderful can-do attitude. I can highly recommend Rachel to anyone who is lucky enough to work with her.”
“Rachel is smart, creative, strategic, relatable and fun! It is such a pleasure to work with her. I learn something new from her each time I am with her! You will absolutely see results when you work with her!”
“If you need ideas, creative thinking or out-of-the-box solutions, ACG should be at the top of your call list. They take the time to understand their clients’ goals and objectives, and then quickly apply her expertise to develop innovative and relevant strategies to meet those goals. Rachel is extremely intentional in her approach and has a style is inviting and collaborative. Pair all of this with her talent for presenting (to audiences large and small) and you have a powerful resource.”
“Rachel is intelligent and thoughtful, and has a great sense of humor. I’ve watched her navigate challenging relationships in situations full of politics, never losing her poise or professionalism. I wholeheartedly recommend her.”
“As a growing nonprofit we have extensive use of consultants. Rachel was knowledgeable, well thought out and backed by in-depth research. Her execution was beyond our most optimistic expectations. If you need expert, professional help in the nonprofit environment, in our opinion there is the “A” solution with Rachel, and then everyone else. Our highest recommendation.”
“I wanted to thank you for all that you did for us, and for me, at the LAF. No doubt you were an integral part of our growth and success.”
“What a pleasure it was to work with the ACG team on our rebranding From ideation to completion they were thoughtful, insightful and dedicated to getting it right. When things needed to be reworked or timing was tight, they always went the extra mile to get the job done. Awesome!”
“Rachel is warm, engaging, and most of all, sincere. She is also a pro’s pro, knowledgeable in a variety of topics. All of these attributes were on full display during her address at the Leadership Empowerment Institute conference. When looking for speakers for our conference, my goal was to find people that will leave our attendees better off than they were when they stepped through the door. Rachel provided more than I could have ever hoped for.”
“As a foundation with a very small staff, it was important to us to get several views on potential fundraising ideas. Also, it was beneficial for us to have more than one person at Armbruster Consulting to reach out to at a minutes notice. The Armbruster team ideas stayed fresh and our interactions were always creative and positive.”
“Safari Club International Foundation hired ACG for both event planning and electronic marketing assistance. They were critical to the early success of our new E-Newsletter and continue to work with our staff and volunteers to execute a plan to host our first gala event.
Rachel and Angie share extensive experience and a deep understanding in non-profit marketing and planning elite events such as ours. Their company is professional, dependable, knowledgeable and they have assisted us in identifying potential sponsors and donors for our event. They have proven to be a valuable resource and the quality and level of service SCI Foundation has received from ACG has met and exceeded our expectations.”