Biography

Since starting her own business in 2000, Margaret "Peg" Flanagan has provided board training and managed fundraising, strategic planning and marketing projects for several local and national clients. These include the Arts and Culture Partnership Saint Paul, Ballet Minnesota, Coffee House Press, Compatible Technology International, The Dale Warland Singers, FORECAST Public Artworks, Hamline University, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Historic Saint Paul, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, The Minnesota Internship Charter School, Minnesota Boychoir, Minnesota Landmarks, Inc., The Minnesota Orchestral Association, Minnesota Public Radio, Myers Communications Group, The National Theatre for Children, New York City’s Museum of Arts & Design, Public Strategies Group, The Rose Ensemble, Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation, Theatre de la Jeune Lune and Wilderness Inquiry.

Ms. Flanagan’s professional consulting career began in 1982 when she performed as a project manager and senior consultant with Keith Stevens Inc., a nationally known consulting company specializing in improvement programs for Fortune 100 firms. Her clients included Amoco, Chevron, Gulf Oil, Texaco, Allied Industries and Owens Corning Fiberglass. Among other nonprofit projects, Peg served for three years as Director, Corporate and Foundation Giving for Grand Excursion 2004, a multi-state initiative showcasing the upper Mississippi River’s economic renaissance. Eight million dollars was raised in earned and contributed income, encompassing four states and fifty-five communities. Having completed Landmark Center’s recent capital campaign, Ms. Flanagan conducted the feasibility study and recently led the $3.5M fundraising effort for Highpoint Center for Printmaking’s capital campaign, "HP2: The Campaign for a Permanent Home," among other projects.

As a professional nonprofit staff member, Peg served as Director of Individual Giving at the Minnesota Orchestra from 1991-1995. In that capacity she assisted with the $50M+ endowment campaign and delivered the annual fundraising goals of the Individual, Board and Family Foundation divisions of the $8.6M Guaranty Fund. She also held the position of Annual Campaign Manager at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (1995-1996) where she was responsible for Board, Corporate, Foundation and Individual giving targets (including the telefunding operation). Her most recent corporate position was Director, Communications at United Healthcare International.

Ms. Flanagan’s involvement with the nonprofit arena began in 1986 when she was appointed to the Norwest Contributions Council, the employee grant-making arm of Norwest Foundation (now Wells Fargo Foundation). She co-chaired that body from 1987-1989. Peg currently serves on the Advisory Board of The Rose Ensemble, an internationally recognized, award-winning vocal ensemble.