A woman-owned nonprofit consulting firm is under new leadership.
Kennari Consulting recently said longtime COO Laura Kruisenga now is president and CEO of the firm. She replaced founder Sandi Frost Steensma, who will remain at the company while scaling down her time over the next five years.
Kruisenga has a background in fundraising and was the first employee of Kennari Consulting, which Steensma started in 2007 to support nonprofits with fundraising and campaign coaching.
“I am incredibly grateful and privileged to lead Kennari Consulting into this next chapter,” Kruisenga said. “When I look back at where we started, the many incredible clients and partners we’ve worked with over the years, and the amazing staff we have, it’s humbling.”
Steensma said the work and achievements of Kennari’s team and nonprofit clients have inspired her throughout her years at the firm.
“What started with just me and my flip phone has grown into a successful consulting business with nonprofit clients throughout Michigan and beyond,” Steensma said. “I am grateful to have had a job where I am excited to do the work each and every day, and to be continuing in that work as I phase down my time with Kennari over the next five years.”
Steensma said she plans to focus her time on clients following the leadership transition.
According to Kruisenga, her predecessor’s ability to mentor and develop Kennari’s team and clients has been a key part of the firm’s success.
“Sandi is not only one of the best fundraising professionals I know, but also a valued community leader, talented entrepreneur and an inspiring mentor,” Kruisenga said. “She has trusted me, stood beside me, coached me, and positioned both me and Kennari Consulting to be successful.”
To date, Kennari Consulting has worked with over 300 nonprofit organizations and helped clients raise over $1 billion through campaigns, annual fundraising and grants.