Biography

M.C. FLANAGAN INC. has a reputation for successfully delivering nonprofit development solutions to its clients both locally and nationally. Margaret “Peg” Flanagan, a project-based freelance development specialist, works with clients to clarify organizational vision, develop strategic plans, train boards and create fundraising strategies and implementation plans to meet contributed income objectives.

Since starting her own consulting business in 2000, Peg 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, Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, Coffee House Press, Compatible Technology International, FORECAST Public Artworks, Hamline University, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Historic Saint Paul, International Institute of Minnesota, Kinnickinnic River Land Trust, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Minnesota Boychoir, Minnesota Landmarks, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Minnesota Orchestral Association, Minnesota Public Radio, The National Theatre for Children, New York City’s Museum of Arts & Design, Public Strategies Group, The Rose Ensemble, Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation and Wilderness Inquiry. (See Client List.)

Ms. Flanagan’s professional consulting career began 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.

Ms. Flanagan conducted the feasibility study and led the $3.5M fundraising effort for Highpoint Center for Printmaking’s capital campaign, HP2: The Campaign for a Permanent Home. She also completed two capital fundraising initiatives for Landmark Center (2005 and 2014) totaling $5M. M.C. Flanagan’s most recent feasibility studies conducted were for the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust (2015) and the International Institute of Minnesota (2016) for which she also helped raise $1.2M in the subsequent Campaign’s first six months.

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 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 for two years.