"One word to describe partnering with Maximizing Excellence—DELIGHTFUL!!!! Cindy and Rika are simply wonderful. Their professionalism is beyond compare and the knowledge of the organization is tremendous. Cindy’s extensive experience in fundraising and event organizing is extremely valuable. The relationships she builds with clients and the community is even more valuable!! Thank you Maximizing Excellence for helping make Special Olympics shine!"
SPECIAL OLYMPICS SOUTH DAKOTA, PRESIDENT/CEO
Dennis Hoffman and Wendy Knecht
Volunteers of America, Dakotas
“We have found Cindy to be a highly accomplished professional who brings impacting expertise, an engaging personality, and a sincere calling to our efforts to fund our ministry of services. During the last year or so, Cindy has played a significant role as we have built a new advancement team, re-focused our messaging for growing and diversifying our financial base, and set meaningful production goals. Most importantly, we truly consider her to be a member of our Executive Team and celebrate her presence among us!”
“The decision to hire Maximizing Excellence to be a part of the Opening Doors–The Campaign for Longfellow Center was certainly one of the best and easiest decisions we made. By enlisting the skills that Cindy has honed over the years, it allowed different members of the team to step up and concentrate on specific roles that have ultimately lead to a campaign that is set to go over goal! She has a way of inspiring buy-in and making it personal for participants, from early on when making decisions about leadership team members and the ownership they take when further developing their teams.”
“Maximizing Excellence has been an exceptional asset to our organization. Active Generations has had the privilege of working with Cindy and her team in various strategic planning management and fundraising strategy functions. Without question it was very productive, professional, and organized. The outcomes were educational and provided great insight into our future. Cindy is very knowledgeable and perceptive, but yet is a personable, caring, and enthusiastic individual. Her skills are exceptional in stimulating meaningful discussion, accomplishing goals, and ensuring the organization is equipped with the tools needed to be successful.”
“I’m so grateful that Cindy Elifrits Peterson had the vision and bravery to start her own business 5 years ago. The service she provides Sioux Falls helps non-profit achieve more than they ever could without her help. She really does Maximize Excellence!
Cindy and I started to work together several years ago on the Community Indoor Tennis Center, now known as the Huether Family Match Pointe. Because of her leadership, experience and positivity, we were able to exceed our Community Appeals goal by 25%!
Cindy’s professional services that she offers are top notch. But her personal attributes are right up there too. She is organized, plans ahead, runs good meetings, and gathers input from others. She’s never afraid to admit an error. She’s open to looking at things from another perspective. She’s willing to change her mind. And she has a great sense of humor and is unfailingly warm.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Cindy."
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Executive Director, United Way of Greater Yankton
We had the pleasure of working with Maximizing Excellence in 2012 during a major transition within our organization. With Cindy’s leadership, we set three major goals to improve effectiveness. 1) To better meet ongoing and emerging community needs 2) To improve organization capacity and 3) To increase annual campaign awareness and giving. I was very impressed by Cindy’s enthusiastic communication strategy and passion for her work. Her recommendations have been extremely beneficial towards our organizations ability to develop strategies and tactics necessary to realize these goals. THANK YOU CINDY!
Provost & Vice President, South Dakota State University
"Maximizing Excellence provided a customized, high quality training program for professional staff at South Dakota State University. After listening to our needs and gathering information directly from the target audience, they designed communication workshops specifically targeting areas of need and/or concern. The feedback from participants has been positive and I was most impressed with Maximizing Excellence's feedback to me from the participants. All-in-all, great job."
William L. Baker
CEO & President, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls
"I have worked with Cindy Elifrits Peterson throughout the last 7 1/2 years. She possesses a rare combination of attitude, aptitude, intelligence, and charisma! She doesn't start with a fundraising goal. She starts with gaining a fundamental understanding of the organization, it's mission and values, and its people--leaders, staff, volunteers, community supporters, and clients. Only when she understands the need, the mission, the values and the people, does Cindy build the business case for fundraising and/or financial success. She lays the foundation for success, one piece at a time. Once she has a solid foundation in place, Cindy's charisma, vision, and energy help ensure that her clients maximize excellence!"
Cindy Elifrits Peterson is a true leader. Her energy, vision, passion and self motivation are all-encompassing in her work. She is bright and has a vibrant personality. If you are someone who wishes to attain a personal or business goal, then Cindy is the person you want leading the effort.
President & CEO, Lawrence & Schiller, Inc.
I have had the pleasure of working with Cindy on all levels of a fund raising campaign and the operations of a non-profit organization. Her knowledge of key issues and opportunities is exceptional. Cindy’s relational skills allow her to command a room and bring people together for overall success.
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President, Marshall Area Fine Arts Council
"The Marshall Area Fine Arts Council worked with Maximizing Excellence on Resource Development. We learned so much! They did their homework about our organization and presented ideas and activities that were geared to our fundraising needs and abilities. Their presentation at the workshop included praising our strengths while addressing our needs. Their informed and personal approach to fundraising was helpful and gave our Board the confidence it needed to carry out our financial goals."
Attorney, Woods, Fuller, Schultz & Smith P.C.
"Maximizing Excellence assisted the Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation in establishing a major, annual fund raising event. Their insight in branding the event for target audiences was invaluable to our organization. Cindy and Kim were also instrumental in developing the detailed work plan required to complete the first annual fund raising event. Finally, they kept us on task in executing the work plan. I recommend Maximizing Excellence with high regard."
Executive Director, Inter-lakes Community Action Partnership
"Cindy has several talents starting with being an active listener. She is willing to acknowledge perspectives different than her own which encourages an open exchange of ideas. Cindy teaches and mentors with appropriate balance."
Amy J. Benda
Executive Director, Sioux Falls Area CASA Program
"When describing the attributes of Cindy Elifrits Peterson several words come to mind…energetic, intelligent, visionary, community-minded, a person with integrity, organized, motivational, personable and encouraging. That’s only a sampling of all Cindy can bring to an organization. Cindy professionally inspires others to seek excellence and provides the support and tools to help organizations and people reach their goals for the betterment of our community. Cindy recognizes that a plan to help non-profits cannot be a cookie-cutter approach. Each organization’s mission is unique and a key part of the community…Cindy helps to effectively lift that up so organizations can excel. Additionally, an organization’s leadership, staff, board members, volunteers and clients are unique and bring something special to the organization. Cindy has a gift for pulling all the strengths from individual to build the capacity of an organization. At CASA, we are grateful to be partnering with Cindy & Maximizing Excellence, LLC for our strategic planning!"
President, Sioux Empire United Way
Cindy served as the Sioux Empire United Way Director of Resource Development for 5½ years. We exceeded our goal each year! Cindy has the vision to create successful strategies and the drive to make sure that they succeed! That is a rare combination. Cindy believes in the mission and work of nonprofits and has the business skills to raise the necessary resources to fund those needed services.