"Bringing Cheryl into a project is always a win for those involved, as she’s an excellent resource for communities and agencies, and valued partner in successfully developing and delivering a project. She brings tremendous knowledge on multiple topics - bringing art into a community, growing cultural heritage tourism, nonprofit capacity and development, and funding options to name just a few. Cheryl’s a great presenter, and I appreciate that community members find her very approachable. Her partnership in the Appalachian Gateway Community Initiative has delivered tremendous results for the planning team and the community participants, and it’s an easy decision to include her in new projects and recommend her work to others."
The Conservation FundSusan Elks, AICP,Program Manager, Balancing Nature & Commerce
"Cheryl and her company were retained (in 2014) to assess heritage tourism opportunities for the community of Red Cloud, Nebraska, and to market recommendations regarding potential development. Cheryl brought profound expertise, worked exceptionally well with our team, was pleasant, responsible and her work was timely and within budget. Given Cheryl's performance on this project I would not hesitate to retain her services again on similar projects."
Center for Rural EntrepreneurshipDon Macke, Co-Director
"I simply cannot thank you enough for sharing your expertise at RevitalizeWA (May 2016). The excitement and ideas your presentations have generated are invaluable to our communities! Not to mention all the ways you have gone above and beyond as a keynote speaker throughout the planning process. From the way you thoughtfully tailored your presentation to the specific needs in Washington to the follow-up resources you've included in your slides - I have so much respect and gratitude for your commitment to your field and to local communities striving for authenticity and vitality."
Washington State Main Street ProgramBreanne Durham, Main Street Director, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
“Our experience working with Hargrove International on a $4 million capital campaign was positive in every respect. Hargrove tailored their advice to address our specific needs providing succinct, effective solutions. The organizational structure that they helped us establish, created a solid foundation for all the fundraising efforts that followed. I highly recommend the “Art of the Ask” training which gave the Campaign Committee the skills and confidence that they needed to be successful.”
Coastal Georgia Historical SocietySherri Jones, Executive Director
"John helped our organization establish it’s first Board Governance Committee and served as a consultant to this committee for the past four years. His support has been invaluable. The work of the Board Governance Committee has transformed our organization and moved it to the next level.
Our board is more engaged than ever and we now have systems in place to ensure that this vital work continues."
"Hargrove International Inc. exceeded our expectations during an intense 6-month long strategic planning process for the Clinch River Valley of Southwest Virginia. They took to heart the needs of each individual community, organization and stakeholder while meeting and guiding individuals at very different stages in the transformation process. This resulted in an inclusive experience that allowed the group to overcome obstacles and make difficult decisions by building trust and consensus. The resulting plan is straightforward and easy to follow with resources, goals, and constant evaluation to keep our management team and entire region moving toward the desired outcome. Given the opportunity, Friends of Southwest Virginia would gladly work with this fantastic team in the future."
Clinch River Valley of Southwest VirginiaChris Cannon, Executive Director
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