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Kennari Consulting is one of the largest full-service fundraising consulting firms in Michigan. Sandi Frost Steensma started Kennari Consulting in 2007 because she realized that nonprofit organizations needed more customized, day-to-day, “nuts and bolts” fundraising support as well as campaign coaching. Today, the firm has 13 staff members and serves more than 100 nonprofit organizations with consulting and direct services each year.

The consulting team has been carefully chosen to fill emerging client needs as Kennari has grown. Each staff member brings a wealth of experience in the nonprofit sector, and a specialized area of knowledge. We leverage this experience base to our clients’ advantage by creating unique team combinations for each engagement.

Kennari Consulting has influenced hundreds of nonprofit organizations, helping them achieve greater levels of accomplishment. We focus in six pillar areas of nonprofit service: arts & culture, healthcare, education, social services, faith-based, and recreation and greenspace. We can demonstrate significant expertise, plentiful experience, and consistent success in these particular sectors of the nonprofit world. Fundraising is essential to nonprofit survival. Our team’s ability to influence organizations for good has helped them survive a challenging economy, and thrive in a good one.

Kennari Consulting is committed to the success of our clients and to the individuals who work in the fundraising profession. Each Kennari Consulting professional is invested in building the capacity of our clients and providing leadership to others in our industry. We are involved in the community and serve on multiple boards. We work tirelessly to raise the level of ethical and impactful fundraising practices. As seasoned fundraising professionals, we mentor young professionals in our industry to help them reach their highest level of achievement. It is critically important that each senior level professional take it upon him or her self to teach and train the next generation so that highly impactful organizations can be sustained well into the future. We are committed to this mission.


Mission and Values

Our Mission is to build strong communities developed by sustainable organizations.
Our Vision is to change the face of philanthropy, moving nonprofits of all sizes to greater capacity.


While each member of the Kennari Consulting team brings a unique mix of expertise and knowledge, we are all guided by a core set of principles that drive our work. These four values define the Kennari standards as we partner with nonprofits to resource the advancement of their missions.

Promote Learning

Teaching is at the core of what we do at Kennari – it’s even in our name. Helping clients understand the “why” of our process ensures their success is long-term. And to be good teachers, we are always learning too. Philanthropy must be responsive to a changing world – new generations of donors, shifting economic trends, and evolving technology. Our commitment to continual learning means our team is always helping nonprofits implement relevant practices and approaches.

Drive Results

Helping our clients achieve the fundraising results they need to advance their mission is how we measure our success. Our holistic approach to consulting means we are always looking at the big picture, but decades of collective experience allows us to help clients prioritize for the greatest impact. Whether it is ensuring an event meets its goal, building the infrastructure for a successful capital campaign, or securing grant funds for a new program, our results-oriented process prioritizes outcomes.


Nothing meaningful can be built without trust. Our commitment to acting with honesty and transparency ensures we are always accountable – this extends to our clients as well as the community of donors that supports them. We will never give advice that goes against that commitment and we will practice compassionate honesty with clients to ensure we can always stand behind our work.


We strive to ensure that each member of the Kennari team reflects the organizational ethos of capable expertise, and that we are always prepared and ready to lead. Our team is professional, responsive, and creative in meeting the needs of our clients. Our commitment to excellence extends beyond our company’s reputation or a client’s bottom line – it’s a commitment to advancing the work of transforming our communities for the betterment of all.


Kennari Consulting. People who teach. Systems that work. If you would like to have an exploratory conversation to learn more, please contact us.

"Kennari Consulting has been an invaluable partner in helping us navigate through leadership and staff changes, and has provided a strong framework to lead us toward sustainability.  The staff provides a wide array of experience, skills, and expertise, but it is their passion and dedication that makes them so much fun to work with."

Lori Tennenhouse
Executive Director
Girls Choral Academy

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