I was introduced to Schiewer Consulting when our organization was short-staffed and simultaneously facing several significant fundraising and development projects. I was looking for someone who could assist with the "nuts and bolts" of our ongoing gifts cultivation process, the mechanics of an annual online fundraising campaign and the research and proposal processes for private and corporate grants. Also, this needed to happen in the span of only two months with little time for acclimation.
Schiewer Consulting delivered on all fronts. Their solid background in nonprofit development work and spectacular writing skills propelled us to a successful fundraising campaign and the acquisition of new grant funds, all while we operated without a regular development staff person. Their work also meant that when our permanent hire was found, they were able to continue the momentum that they had helped keep going.
I can say without hesitation that Tana's thorough and thoughtful work kept our organization's fundraising and development work afloat during a chaotic and stressful season of organizational growth. She jumped right into our organizational setup and approaches, offered fresh perspectives where needed, led research and initiatives where required and nudged me when I got overwhelmed. Also, she was a lot of fun to work with as we would convene a few times each week via Zoom call, phone or in person.
During a time that our organization could have stagnated, or worse, fallen far behind, we actually experienced growth. We refined our processes, developed new relationships, expanded and improved our outreach tools and raised additional funds. I was hoping for a neutral standing and came away further ahead, thanks to Schiewer Consulting's persistent and high-quality work.
Schiewer Consulting developed and conducted the Technical Writing for Professionals series of classes at Matrix Technologies for twenty engineers and project managers. Dr. Schiewer did a terrific job of matching the curriculum to our specific needs. Her instruction, in-class exercises, homework, and engagement of students exceeded my expectations. In today’s climate of YouTube and book instructions, personalized education is a welcome and highly-effective way to learn. The payback for us is evident in better communications with our clients and co-workers.
Tana is a talented Case Study writer. She was easy to work with from the initial information-gathering stages through editing. Tana took the time to understand our work and the story we hoped to capture. The end product is a clear, well-written case study. I would gladly work with Tana again.
Besides being an excellent writer, Tana is a great collaborator. She is equally comfortable leading a project or taking direction from our team. She works efficiently, asks the right questions, and her storytelling positions us in an optimal light. She engages – deeply and honestly – and her impactful writing exceeds what we could ever imagine without her.
Don is a focused manager who applies himself well to his tasks and position. He handles people well. He is dedicated to learning and understanding the products and services he works with and works to improve productivity through that knowledge. You will be glad Don is on your team.
I'd only recommend Tana to anyone that we are not directly competing with. For those in the inbound marketing space, I consider Tana our secret laser beam fired from our secret volcano lair.
Tana helped with the messaging for the nonprofit I work for. The work we do is a little bit more complex and she was able to help us navigate through many stumbling blocks and really help break down our messaging into a much simpler package. She was also very thorough and always stuck to timelines. Would definitely recommend her to anyone who needs help with messaging!
Anbar Mahar Sheikh
Don is amazing! He has mastered the ability to work with people from various socio-economic and diverse backgrounds in a welcoming and empowering manner---from concept to final goal, his "we can" philosophy is contagious and inviting! He can find solutions in many settings; a preacher, a teacher, a trainer, a friend to a homeless man/woman--it makes no difference; Don will listen, engage, and, when necessary, respond. A consummate thinker and his wisdom and leadership skills will be a benefit for the people and organizations he touches for years to come!
Tana was the Executive Director for FFT when I began volunteering with the organization. She and I worked very closely for over a year while I maintained the nonprofit’s marketing and communications. She has always been an exceptional writer. Through her efforts we were able to obtain various grants and corporate donations. She created many founding documents for the organization and played a key role in leading FFT from an all-volunteer group to a fully functioning nonprofit. She is truly talented with a gift for compelling and thought-provoking pieces. I highly recommend Tana to provide high quality, interesting, and well-written documents. She has an amazing sense of humor too. Always a plus!
Tana's skills as a critical reader, thinker, and writer are highly developed. She is insightful, knowledgable, and thorough whether she's doing research, analysis, editing, or writing. Tana brings her excellent work ethic to everything she does, and her passion shows in the attention she gives to her projects. She is a successful grant writer, project leader, teacher, and program director. Tana also combines her wealth of creativity and vision with a real-world practicality that has a way of overcoming obstacles. I have long admired her ability to deliver a concise overview that helps others understand complex thoughts.
President/Owner, Indigenous Creative Services