Richner & Richner of Ann Arbor positioned to be national player

A thriving Ann Arbor fundraising consulting firm has pulled together some heavy hitters as it prepares to expand and establish itself as a national player in the field of nonprofit fundraising.

Richner & Richner, which is hiring staff as it takes on more work, has attracted William R. Johnston, former New York Stock Exchange president; Stephen B. Dobson, former president of insurance company Dobson-McOmber; and William C. Richardson, former president and CEO of W.K. Kellogg Foundation and former president of Johns Hopkins University toss erve as the inaugural board.

Richner & Richner, which was formed in 1997, tailors sustainable fundraising strategies for non-profit organizations around the country by guiding them through the areas of strategy development, campaign planning, staff development and training, donor portfolio and relationship development, feasibility studies, planned giving program developments and program audits.

“The formation of our national advisory board is a watershed moment in our 15-year history,” says Cedric Richner, an Ann Arbor resident and co-founder and principal of Richner & Richner. "The three board members will help accelerate our plans to grow nationally.

The board members' combined experiences in their professions, in the non-profit sectors and with volunteerism will serve as a "catalyst for innovative thinking on how best to serve non-profit organizations interested in building true philanthropies ofculture through strategic fundraising."

 “Their counsel will challenge us to do more and be more on behalf of the client organizations we serve,” says Richner, who formed the company in his home with wife Mori Richner, both having come from development and fundraising backgrounds at the University of Michigan.

Richner & Richner set up office space in Ann Arbor in 2002 and is now located downtown Ann Arbor office, where it is growing and adding to staff this year and next.

Source: Cedric Richner, co-founder and principal, Richner & Richner
Writer: Kim North Shine
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