ScaleUp understands the unique needs of not-for-profit organizations. We work across multiple disciplines, with specialized experience in fund development and advancement of organizations, leveraging the skills and energy of volunteers and boards, governance best practices and strategic mentoring and planning. We work with organizations that need short-term and long-term support, from quick “wins” to long term strategies that will really move the needle and improve impact.
We will listen, learn and ask a lot of questions about your needs and goals.
We will work alongside you to collaborate, share ideas and design the best solutions while respecting your budget and resources.
We will roll up our sleeves and help achieve your goals by delivering quick wins and actionable improvements to scale up your mission.
Ann has more than 30 years of leadership experience advancing nonprofits, universities and for-profit brands. Her experience includes managing nonprofits for growth and to build capacity, fund development including major gifts and campaign management, strategic planning and program development, corporate and foundation relations, skills-based volunteer management, and board governance and improvement.
Prior to launching ScaleUp, Ann was executive director of Social Venture Partners Minnesota, preceded by management roles at the Jeremiah Program, the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and Twin Cities PBS (TPT). Ann also spent 10+ years managing marketing communications departments at (now) Delta Airlines and at Colle McVoy.
Ann has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts (go Gophers!) and she completed a certificate in the mini MBA program at the University of St Thomas. Ann shares her talents by serving on committees for the St Croix Valley Foundation, she is a consultant with Constellation Fund, she is a member of the Hudson Daybreak Rotary and is an active member of the district visioning team. Once a year Ann enjoys being a judge for the University of St. Thomas Fowler Business Concept Challenge social venture track. Ann also enjoys serving meals at Treehouse for Youth.
"I've worked with Ann for many years and most recently I asked her to provide a governance audit. She was fast, thoughtful and her knowledge helped us in preparation to strengthen our organizational practices. I highly recommend Ann for governance, advancement and fundraising."
— Beverly Wadsworth, Minneapolis Community and Technical College