Testimonials

Janet Agostini“We engaged Kathy Cole of West Wind Consulting to guide our organization during a capital campaign. We benefited from the initial internal assessment of our organization she performed and each coaching session that we had with Kathy. Her passion for what she does is evident in every call, meeting and email. She provides that personal touch that makes working with her a pleasure and she makes herself available when you need her.”

Janet Agostini, President, Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Kerry Dorsey“SUNY Oswego's partnership with West Wind Consulting has been a successful endeavor. West Wind's collaborative approach helped Oswego exceed all expectations for its first capital campaign. Kathy Cole's superb campaign counsel and technical expertise enabled Oswego to establish an effective comprehensive and strategic campaign structure. The personal attention, constant communications and best practice methods facilitated by West Wind propelled Oswego to strive and secure campaign excellence.”

Kerry Dorsey, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, SUNY Oswego

“Kathy provided thoughtful and in-depth analysis of our annual giving program. Her expert knowledge of all aspects of annual giving-messaging, segmentation, volunteer management, high-end giving strategies, etc.- was instrumental in turning our annual fund around. She helped us navigate unexpected challenges with her positive and encouraging counsel. With her guidance, we implemented her realistic recommendations and saw an immediate positive impact on our annual fund.”

Elizabeth Dollhopf-Brown, Senior Director of Research and Prospect Management, University of Rochester, about her partnership with Kathy Cole when she served as the Director of the Marquette Fund, Marquette University.

Natasha R. Thompson“The Food Bank of the Southern Tier has benefited tremendously through our relationship with Kathy Cole & West Wind Consulting over the past 5 years. Early on, Kathy helped shift our focus towards a more strategic, donor centered approach to fundraising. As a result, we have gradually developed meaningful relationships with both new and existing donors that we never thought possible. Our work with Kathy has positioned us well for our upcoming Capital Campaign, the first in our organization’s history. With Kathy’s guidance, I’m confident that we will succeed!”

Natasha R. Thompson, MBA. President & CEO, Food Bank of the Southern Tier

 

 

"Kathy Cole's strategic and insightful counsel over the past six years has been key to the Hangar Theatre's organizational growth and success.  Kathy's diligent planning with our trustees and staff helped the Hangar's leadership to formulate a long range plan and vision for its future.  As a  result, the Hangar successfully planned and implemented the largest fundraising campaign in its history--raising over $4.6 million to winterize and renovate its facility and to build endowment.  From start to finish, Kathy Cole has been a teacher, a catalyst, a problem solver, a strategist, and a trusted team player.  The Hangar Theatre has emerged as a stronger organization with more engaged constituents because of Kathy Cole's commitment and skill as a professional consultant."

Lisa Bushlow, Executive Director, Hangar Theatre