Meet the do good Consulting team: an award-winning, high-energy crew bringing you decades of real-life experiences and proven successes. We are – and have been – staff members, volunteers, board members, executive directors, elected officials, and business owners. We understand nonprofits inside and out.
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About Our Consultants
After 13 years in the trenches of a variety of local, state, and nationally-affiliated non-profit organizations, Laura now leads the award-winning team at do good Consulting. She has in-depth experience in nearly every aspect of non-profit organizational management including fundraising, staff development, marketing and outreach, strategic planning, special events, media campaigns, and organizational growth strategies.
At age 24, Laura founded the Illinois Student Environmental Network, a statewide training organization increasing the skills and capacity of student environmental groups across Illinois. In her 10 years of leadership, the group grew to over 3,000 students across Illinois working on college campuses and in communities for energy efficiency, recycling, and sustainable development. She also helped found several grassroots community groups, such as Save Our Trees, a community-based group that defeated a major utility company’s plans to raze community trees near power lines, and the award-winning Historic East Urbana Neighborhood Association, a neighborhood preservation organization. As a two-term elected member of the Urbana City Council, she spent nearly eight years forming coalitions of citizens working for sound community planning, sustainable business development, and efficient transportation.
For three years, Laura served as executive director of the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. During her tenure, she turned the near-broke organization into an award-winning local powerhouse, building seven homes a year and dramatically increasing funding while positioning the affiliate for long-term growth and sustainability.
Laura specializes in full-scale donor-driven fundraising programs and strategies, program development, organizational growth and strategic planning, marketing and outreach strategies, storytelling, image and service enhancement, and investing local businesses and media in the work of area charities.
In 2008, Laura was named the Female of the Year by the Central Illinois Business magazine. In 2009, she was named the
Lisa Mauney Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of East Central Illinois.
Read Laura's full biography here.
Tim Newcomb has been helping non-profit organizations across Illinois fill technology needs for over ten years. His passion is helping non-profits increase both their understanding of technology and how it can be used to involve more people to reach organizational goals. As an IT & CMS Specialist and Consultant for do good, Tim brings both public and private sector experience to clients and provides expertise in the areas of networking, application selection and integration, database management, server administration, as well as technology needs assessment. Tim actively manages web and file servers daily, developing web applications, training staff in desktop applications, and leveraging both commercial and open source software to further the organization’s strategic directions. Tim has helped to develop an online collaboration application based on Microsoft SharePoint technology to bring together over 1,100 people in more than 50 websites to share knowledge, make policy, and develop shared resources.
Working with a small faith based children’s aid non-profit organization, Tim created a network from the ground up including cabling, internet access, server selection, and installation of Active Directory and also assisted in locating low cost software and hardware options for organizational users. He also creates and maintains users, applications, and newsletter software for this organization. Tim has managed networks sized from two computers to 300 with three locations across the United States. During the day, Tim works at the University of Illinois.
Read Tim's full biography here.
Ali Dumar is do good Consulting’s E-Communications & Social Media intern. She is studying Sociology, Informatics, and History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
She is working with do good’s team on a redesign of do good’s website, the re-launch of our e-newsletter, Doing Good, and developing cross-platform social media and communication strategies.
Ali is and has been an active volunteer with the University of Illinois’ Campus Union for Trans* Equality and Support and the Wesley Evening Food Pantry in Urbana. She uses her sociology and informatics studies to help nonprofits use technology to promote efforts and reach out to clients, donors, and volunteers.
She is familiar with many aspects of various social media platforms from effective posts to using Analytics, Insights, and Buffer to measure effectiveness and creative effective social media strategies. Ali brings quite a bit of programming experience: in Python (including Numpy, Matplotlib, and Pandas) and basic HTML and is proficient in Adobe Premiere for video editing. She also has communications, marketing, and data analysis experience as well.
Ali has a voracious appetite to learn and a very positive, hard-working attitude.
Graphic Design & Visual Communications Specialist/Jessie Marie Studio, LLC
Jessie has been meeting the design needs of small businesses, start-ups & nonprofits for eight years. She joined forces on projects with do good Consulting in the beginning of 2014.
Jessie will deliver the tools you need: be it a logo or brand, graphics, business cards, ads, posters, brochures, event programs, educational materials, postcards, packaging, e-newsletters, or a WordPress website. She will also provide practical training and valuable tools to help you fully maximize the use and success of your new products.
Jessie lives in Champaign with her husband, Jarrod, and their two children, Cadence and Gavin. They like to go by bike. They also like to go by truck. When given the chance they travel here, there, and everywhere. Any extra money they have left at the end of the month they spend on concert tickets.
Graphic Design & Visual Communications Specialist/Kelly Cardinal Designs
Kelly Cardinal is a lifelong artist who is working on her passion of changing the world through graphic design and advertising. Her award-winning work has been shown multiple times in Parkland College's annual Graphic Design Exhibition, at the Champaign-Urbana Design Organization (CUDO) Pro Show, and in the Indi Go Artist Co-Op.
Kelly began collaborating on projects with do good Consulting in 2014, bringing a diverse career background spanning adoptions-related social work as well as banking. Kelly serves as secretary of the CUDO Board of Directors and holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology with a minor in Art from Illinois State University. In her free time you will find her with her nose in a good book, attending local tech events, or belly dancing.
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In 1991, I saw a documentary on Cesar Chavez, "The Wrath of Grapes", about Chavez's fight to protect the environment and vineyard workers.
I watched mesmerized as Chavez transformed an otherwise voiceless people into a force for change.
His organizing principle was shockingly simple but powerfully effective. By talking to one, and one, and one, a movement would form and things would— and did— begin to change.
My work in social change and community development sprang to life and Chavez's words have stayed with me since. Through do good, realize the power and energy within your organization to create a better community.
I look forward to working with you to make the world a better place!