"Redesigning a website requires focused thinking and top rate marketing skills. Working with Maria Semple
and Carol Camerino on my firm's redesign made the process both engaging and straightforward. They knew exactly what
questions to ask, were always very prepared for our discussions and were very attuned to the special needs of my business.
I've been putting off this work for years and they had my site up and running in no time. The Leadership Group is
now completely self-sufficient in making future updates and in keeping our customers regularly informed, thanks to Maria's
training and technical assistance."
"It was a pleasure working with you and Carol. I cannot tell you how helpful it was to have support
in developing my website. You both were extremely attentive to my needs and went above and beyond to try to satisfy
me. As independent business professionals, you were able to anticipate and suggest very practical solutions -- things
that I had not thought about myself. I felt like you were both completely invested in getting it right and making me
and Melarbit Partners, as successful as possible. I really appreciate it and thank you for your collaborative approach."
Bruce Arbit, Founder and Principal
Melarbit Partners, Inc.
"Maria has provided Partnership in Philanthropy (PIP) with excellent work in both prospecting
for donors and in facilitating PIP workshops on Prospect Research. Maria brings to her work a vast knowledge of the
subject, a high work ethic and a delightful sense of humor. She is a pleasure to be around and to work with. We
at PIP feel very lucky to have her as a resource and a friend."
"I am so happy that I chose to attend the "Panning for Gold" workshop. The internet
is intimidating to me and while I use the computer all the time for email, I knew the internet could help me in my fundraising
responsibilities, but had little idea as to how to best proceed. "Panning for Gold" was P-E-R-F-E-C-T for
me as it was straightforward, practical, easy to understand and follow, and the step-by-step approach and coaching was exactly
what I needed. The time spent in hands-on/minds-on real application was GR-R-REAT. The 5-hour workshop was the
BEST! I recommend it to all fundraisers!"
Regional Director, New Jersey-Philadelphia
FIRST - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
training seminar has opened my eyes to just how many resources we have available at our own fingertips to prospect for new
clients! The information shared by Maria has spurred me to incorporate new client prospecting as part of my overall
Michelle L. Heide, CFP®
Patton, Heide & Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services
"The Prospect Finder and Maria's workshop give you the tools and techniques you need to find and approach your
best prospects. The resources presented in her workshop provide the insight and information that will allow
you to save time and money while differentiating your practice well beyond what your competitors are doing."
Buro, CFA, CFP®, ChFC, CPA
Wall Street Speaking
"Your class was GREAT.
Extremely informative and chock full of useful information. Exactly what I was looking for."
Debra Wachspress, Board Member
Kidsbridge Children's Museum
"Thank you for the fine presentation you gave
yesterday. It was the most informative workshop I have attended in years. The information you gave in a clear
and uncomplicated fashion was most appreciated. You were outstanding, thorough, and totally knowledgeable about a vast
number of sources in print, electronically, etc."
Lagermasini, Executive Director
Governing Institute of NJ
"Your workshop is one of the best I have ever attended, on any subject. Your presentation
was well developed and easy to follow and did not assume any prior knowledge, yet was engaging and interesting for those who
had some experience with prospect research. It was so helpful to be able to follow along on the internet ourselves and
to have the opportunity to do our own research during the session with your guidance. I learned a tremendous amount
about what is currently available and know it will help me support my clients in developing their fundraising initiatives."
Christine G. Brown
Leadership Coaching in the Social Sector
http://www.BeTheChangeCoaching.com"You are truly skilled at what you do, and I appreciate how much
information you gave us, as well as how you did not waste a minute of time, but covered all your slides and much more.
The websites you covered will help our organization find our best prospects for long-term relationships."
Patricia Major Andres
People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos
"I was very motivated after attending your workshop on prospect research
and now I have a success story to share with you. I was able to garner $2,500 for my organization after identifying
and researching a nearby company with a corporate foundation. After a brief email with the foundation's executive
director requesting their grant guidelines, I received an email back the same day indicating they would support our
science initiatives in the schools. The skills I acquired in your workshop will enable me to successfully approach additional
funders. Thank You!"
Marcia Smith Fleres, Executive
West Windsor-Plainsboro Education Foundation
"I have taken other workshops on fundraising and Maria Semple was simply
the best. She laid out a clear, step-by-step plan for all the stages of finding money, both individual and foundation.
One of her talents is making sense out
of the most confusing postmodern commodity: information. But best of all, she was patient enough to listen to
my sob story! And her advice turned our tears into cheers."
Diefendorf, Executive Director
Small Miracles Foundation
"We worked in conjunction
with Maria's company, The Prospect Finder, to do a comprehensive search to seek out funding leads. Our search was
unique in both the population and field in which we were working in. Maria performed the research and provided us not
only compelling leads, but she did so in an extremely time efficient manner. Her research allowed us to complete our
business planning for the remainder of the year and gave us the confidence knowing we had the information we needed in order
to be successful."
Asian Health Communications
for your support in presenting at our Annual Non-Profit Symposium for the past four years. Your presentation evaluation
feedbacks were superb. It goes without saying that your presentations are well-designed, timely, totally easy to use
for the novice technology users and a Godsend for the start-up grant writers. But, what sets you apart is your customized
details and attention to individual needs."
Director, Governmental Relations
Raritan Valley Community College