Sandra Renner, MSW, CFRE
Sandra has more than thirty years of experience in the not for profit sector, most of it in fundraising. She has focused much of her work on developing creative campaign strategies and helping a variety of organizations develop their fundraising infrastructure. Her expertise includes major gifts, development assessments, training, board development, and fundraising planning. In 2005, Sandra formed Renner Consulting in order to provide more specialized and hands-on services to nonprofit organizations.
Prior to forming Renner Consulting, Sandra spent almost seventeen years with the Alford Group, a nationally recognized consulting firm, at its Chicago and Washington DC offices where she became regional manager. Before joining the Alford Group, she was the Director of The DuPage Community Foundation, the suburban affiliate of The Chicago Community Trust. As its first director, she was responsible for its overall administration, endowment and operating funds development, and grant making.
Her previous experience includes serving as the Development Director for two mental health agencies and as a school social worker and special education administrator where she published a curriculum guide and conducted a variety of workshops throughout the Midwest. She also worked as a sales representative for Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals and Baxter, winning numerous sales awards.
She has worked with more than 125 local and national organizations at Renner Consulting and the Alford Group, directing numerous successful campaigns and helping clients raise millions of dollars, attract new donors, and significantly enhance their infrastructure and volunteer leadership. She has served as lead counsel on campaigns ranging from one million to over eighty million dollars.
She is Past-President of the Association Foundation Group and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Washington, DC where she was a member of the board of directors. She chaired the Diversity Committee for the International Association of Fundraising Professionals for several years and was a board member of Seabury Resources for Aging.
Sandra was an adjunct faculty member on fundraising for twelve years at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University and has served for several years on the Grant Advisory Committee for the Montgomery County Council. She is a peer reviewer for the Standards of Excellence program of the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations. As a recognized leader in the fundraising community, Sandra has been a speaker at many conferences and meetings, including the International Conference of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Foundation Center, the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, and the Maryland Association of Nonprofits.
She has a Bachelors degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a Masters of Social Work from Wayne State University in Detroit and has been a CFRE since 1995.