Why Blueprint?

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confidently invest with blueprint

Blueprint builds projections that improve development revenues in quantifiable ways. Our methods ensure that organizations can confidently invest in a partnership with our team.

 

 
 
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Client Engagement

The best consulting partnerships are built on long-term relationships. We rely on direct collaboration and engagement with you though the process. We will work with you closely until results are realized and set up to be sustainable.

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Professional Team

We have a leadership group with demonstrated fundraising and marketing campaign experience, along with a team of professional fundraisers that seamlessly work on behalf of your organization to penetrate lead pools and maximize retention, gift sizes and donor increase rates.

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Passion for Success

We believe fiercely in the importance of arts and cultural organizations to impact real change culturally and socially. We have a fiery passion for the success of your institution. 

 

Our Team

 
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Leadership Team

 

 
Paul Larson President   I came into the arts world in high school via theater and choir. 2004 marked the start of my work in the arts professionally, supporting arts and culture across the country via fundraising and marketing. I'm numbers driven, and the passion for having a hand in helping to grow the financial stability of our clients keeps me going.  Outside of Blueprint, I love swimming, biking, my dog Ivan, real estate projects and travel.

Paul Larson
President

I came into the arts world in high school via theater and choir. 2004 marked the start of my work in the arts professionally, supporting arts and culture across the country via fundraising and marketing. I'm numbers driven, and the passion for having a hand in helping to grow the financial stability of our clients keeps me going.

Outside of Blueprint, I love swimming, biking, my dog Ivan, real estate projects and travel.

Kyle Steigerwald Vice President   I spent a lot of time in high school and college on stage, expressing myself, and challenging authority. I have a very healthy appreciation for the arts and all creative pursuits. I have been with Blueprint since 2008 and love talking with people and getting excited about things that are worth sharing.  When I’m not killing it at work I enjoy nature, playing guitar, traveling off the beaten path and spending quality time with my family and friends.

Kyle Steigerwald
Vice President

I spent a lot of time in high school and college on stage, expressing myself, and challenging authority. I have a very healthy appreciation for the arts and all creative pursuits. I have been with Blueprint since 2008 and love talking with people and getting excited about things that are worth sharing.

When I’m not killing it at work I enjoy nature, playing guitar, traveling off the beaten path and spending quality time with my family and friends.

Rebecca Karr Data Standards Manager   I started with blueprint in 2010 and am the behind the scenes person that keeps our data, reporting, and all the other logistical efforts running smoothly. Early on at Blueprint I was awarded a bottle of glue at a company party, which was weird at first, but when it was explained that it was because I was “the glue that held it together” that was a great moment for me.  I enjoy working with our clients and have been a fan of the arts ever since I saw The Velveteen Rabbit on stage as a kid. When I’m not working, or taking care of my dog Bohdi, I like to take adventures around Wisconsin and the world, attend concerts or spend time with friends.

Rebecca Karr
Data Standards Manager

I started with blueprint in 2010 and am the behind the scenes person that keeps our data, reporting, and all the other logistical efforts running smoothly. Early on at Blueprint I was awarded a bottle of glue at a company party, which was weird at first, but when it was explained that it was because I was “the glue that held it together” that was a great moment for me.

I enjoy working with our clients and have been a fan of the arts ever since I saw The Velveteen Rabbit on stage as a kid. When I’m not working, or taking care of my dog Bohdi, I like to take adventures around Wisconsin and the world, attend concerts or spend time with friends.

 
Avery Shelton Development Manager   I came on board at Blueprint in 2013. I’ve always been an “Arts Person” ever since I saw Fiddler on the Roof when I was 7 years old. The work we do at Blueprint allows me to relive that early excitement I had as a child. We're small, agile, and impactful. I really enjoy being here.  In my free time, I like to explore Milwaukee (born and raised) with fresh eyes and seek out new and exciting experiences.

Avery Shelton
Development Manager

I came on board at Blueprint in 2013. I’ve always been an “Arts Person” ever since I saw Fiddler on the Roof when I was 7 years old. The work we do at Blueprint allows me to relive that early excitement I had as a child. We're small, agile, and impactful. I really enjoy being here.

In my free time, I like to explore Milwaukee (born and raised) with fresh eyes and seek out new and exciting experiences.

James White Campaign Manager   Growing up in Maine, I didn't have much access to the arts. My first real experience was during my senior class trip to Boston, where I got to meet John Williams before he conducted the Boston Pops playing Star Wars. That was huge for me. My first job in the arts was fundraising for The Atlanta Ballet in 1997. I love the science of our work and drive myself to meet our clients' goals using the data.  When I'm not working, I'm either spending time with my family or restoring a vintage car.

James White
Campaign Manager

Growing up in Maine, I didn't have much access to the arts. My first real experience was during my senior class trip to Boston, where I got to meet John Williams before he conducted the Boston Pops playing Star Wars. That was huge for me. My first job in the arts was fundraising for The Atlanta Ballet in 1997. I love the science of our work and drive myself to meet our clients' goals using the data.

When I'm not working, I'm either spending time with my family or restoring a vintage car.

 
 
 
 

Development Associates

 

 
Amelia Hampton Development Associate   The big picture is important and I am committed to helping our clients thrive and grow. Ensuring that all people have access to the arts and educational experience is something that I’m really proud of.

Amelia Hampton
Development Associate

The big picture is important and I am committed to helping our clients thrive and grow. Ensuring that all people have access to the arts and educational experience is something that I’m really proud of.

Caroline Hamilton Development Associate   I love talking with patrons on the phone and getting a feel for who they are as people. When I can connect with individuals we end up having great conversations about the importance supporting arts groups on stage and in the community. It’s awesome when it all comes to fruition and they are excited about doing a good thing. And I’m really good at it!

Caroline Hamilton
Development Associate

I love talking with patrons on the phone and getting a feel for who they are as people. When I can connect with individuals we end up having great conversations about the importance supporting arts groups on stage and in the community. It’s awesome when it all comes to fruition and they are excited about doing a good thing. And I’m really good at it!

Daphane Leach Development Associate   I think our clients’ community activities are amazing. I think it is so important for the next generation to experience the benefits of arts exposure. I take my granddaughter to local performances as often as I can because I see the impact it has on her confidence and development as a person.

Daphane Leach
Development Associate

I think our clients’ community activities are amazing. I think it is so important for the next generation to experience the benefits of arts exposure. I take my granddaughter to local performances as often as I can because I see the impact it has on her confidence and development as a person.

Jaimie Mutza Development Associate   I’ve been with Blueprint since 2013 and my favorite thing about working here is the atmosphere of positivity and teamwork. Everyone here cares about the work that we do and it shows. I never thought that I would be a professional development agent for the arts but now that I am I wouldn’t do anything else.

Jaimie Mutza
Development Associate

I’ve been with Blueprint since 2013 and my favorite thing about working here is the atmosphere of positivity and teamwork. Everyone here cares about the work that we do and it shows. I never thought that I would be a professional development agent for the arts but now that I am I wouldn’t do anything else.

Jason Cutler Development Associate   This is the first job I’ve had were I can meld my humanities education with results driven and purposeful sales and advocacy. It is rewarding to work somewhere where I can engage in thoughtful conversation that helps great organizations expand their reach.

Jason Cutler
Development Associate

This is the first job I’ve had were I can meld my humanities education with results driven and purposeful sales and advocacy. It is rewarding to work somewhere where I can engage in thoughtful conversation that helps great organizations expand their reach.

Jim Orcholski Development Associate   I like working for the arts and embodying the idea of being an arts advocate, as we like to say. I have a background in sales across all industries but working for the arts is one of my favorites; it is enjoyable and fun to have great conversations to help people understand the value of their local cultural institutions and how far their support goes.

Jim Orcholski
Development Associate

I like working for the arts and embodying the idea of being an arts advocate, as we like to say. I have a background in sales across all industries but working for the arts is one of my favorites; it is enjoyable and fun to have great conversations to help people understand the value of their local cultural institutions and how far their support goes.

Josh Perkins Development Associate   I’ve been actively involved in theatre, on and off stage, for 20 years. Being able to use my connection to the arts in my “day job” is very rewarding and allows me to support the groups that I’m most passionate about in both sides of my life.

Josh Perkins
Development Associate

I’ve been actively involved in theatre, on and off stage, for 20 years. Being able to use my connection to the arts in my “day job” is very rewarding and allows me to support the groups that I’m most passionate about in both sides of my life.

Julianne Perkins Development Associate   As a singer and actress, I’m deeply involved in the arts and appreciate the impact we make with our clients. One day I aspire to be on the stage full-time but working with Blueprint is a wonderful position to be in that compliments my passions.

Julianne Perkins
Development Associate

As a singer and actress, I’m deeply involved in the arts and appreciate the impact we make with our clients. One day I aspire to be on the stage full-time but working with Blueprint is a wonderful position to be in that compliments my passions.

 
Monique Wihite Development Associate   I like being able to reach out to folks from all different backgrounds and walks of life – everyone that I speak with has a good reason to support the arts and culture in their communities and we have some great conversations. Promoting the arts and arts education is fun and I love sharing the message.

Monique Wihite
Development Associate

I like being able to reach out to folks from all different backgrounds and walks of life – everyone that I speak with has a good reason to support the arts and culture in their communities and we have some great conversations. Promoting the arts and arts education is fun and I love sharing the message.

Tanea Henderson Bell Development Associate   I’m typically a thoughtful and quiet person and, but when I’m able to talk with people about big concepts I really connect with them. Bringing communities together from all walks of life is an impactful, challenging and engrossing endeavor and has helped me grow as well.

Tanea Henderson Bell
Development Associate

I’m typically a thoughtful and quiet person and, but when I’m able to talk with people about big concepts I really connect with them. Bringing communities together from all walks of life is an impactful, challenging and engrossing endeavor and has helped me grow as well.

 

 

references

 
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Our partner since 2010, Blueprint has played a key role in The Bushnell’s ability to more than double our Annual Fund in the last five years through both their extraordinary work in Telefunding and their guidance and support in all aspects of our fundraising effort. Blueprint has a breadth and depth of experience and knowledge across a diversity of non-profits that enables them to provide key insight and strategic assistance as we work to achieve significant growth year after year. With their support, The Bushnell is poised to continue its upward trajectory in our Annual Fund program.


-Stephanie Fried, Senior Director, Annual Fund & Development Operations, The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

 

 

It was my distinct pleasure to have worked with Paul Larson. He is a visionary and someone who gets-the-job-done with minimal angst and a light touch! His artistic, social and business acumen are evenly matched.


-Julie Moffitt, President, Glacier Symphony Orchestra and Chorale

 

 

The relationship between the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Paul Larson of Blueprint is in its second decade, and far from a service-based relationship, we have a partnership. The work of Paul and his team so impressed our colleagues of The Bushnell Performing Arts Center (where we are housed and perform, though we are two separate organizations) that the Bushnell now works with Paul as well. With guidance and input from Paul and his team of professionals, we collaborate on all aspects of the campaign they handle on our behalf, and their highly-trained solicitors, some of whom are well-known by our donors, are considered an important extension of the Symphony’s small in-house development team. There is follow-up, attention to detail, and beyond our bi-weekly scheduled meetings, the team is immediately responsive to any issues, concerns or need for adjustment.


-Ruth Sovronsky, Development Director, Hartford Symphony Orchestra

 

 

Performing arts patrons are a special breed, comprised of people that require a particular level of professionalism, creativity and gravitas when communicating to. I want to be sure that when our sales leads are being recruited and solicited, we treat these individuals with special care. We need to communicate to patrons according to where they are at in their experience with our client’s performances - either as a fresh, new patron who has never experienced our art form, to the long-standing contributor who has seen countless performances around the world. This requires great strategy and a complete understanding of how to successfully convert a variety of individuals to support our clients. Luckily, I have had the great fortune to partner with Paul Larson and his team for several of our clients. Paul brings an innate understanding of what it means to talk to patrons one on one, and brings a special insight as we create and implement campaigns together. I’ve turned to him many times with ever increasingly successful results.


-Laura Schairer, Audience Magnets

 

 

I have worked with Blueprint for over 10 years at several different organizations. I have always been impressed by certain characteristics that set them apart from their competitors:  first, everyone at Blueprint is very knowledgeable about your specific organization and campaign and they can each offer insight from their particular area of expertise--from data management to donor motivation; second, your campaign team from Blueprint has a depth of knowledge from their work all over the country that gives them insight to help your organization grow and implement new ideas; and third, their reports/data analysis are practically real-time so together you can work with them to make immediate adjustments to suit your patrons and your specific city or culture. I have always felt like Blueprint is part of the development team but with a global picture--their work has increased numbers and percentages at every organization I have hired them for.


-JoLynne Jensen

 

 

Working with Blueprint has allowed Lyric Opera of Kansas City broader access to our patrons. More than just a your average company, Paul and his team partner alongside you every step of the way to execute sharing your company’s vision. Beyond that, they saw us to an average renewal dollars increase of over 40%! Blueprint Advancement is communicative and agile and I highly recommend their services.


-Nicole Eubanks, Individual Giving Director - Lyric Opera of Kansas City