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Midwest Studies Group

Helping organizations achieve their vision through fundraising and strategic planning support.

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You’re frustrated because you don’t have a Fundraising Plan or growth in Annual Giving.

You finally want to start your Planned Giving program, but don’t know where to start.

You’re looking for Feasibility Study and Capital Campaign support that is impactful and affordable.

You need an active Strategic Plan to help your organization refocus and engage instead of sitting on a shelf collecting dust.

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Our Services

Feasibility Studies and Capital Campaigns

Curious what level of support you can raise for your project? Need coaching on how to lead your fundraising efforts? Before you start fundraising on your own, get in touch so we can help set you up for success.

Annual Giving Study and Consultation Package

Annual Giving Campaigns are a vital part of any nonprofit organization. Let MSG help bring new potential donors to your organization and coach you on how to build your annual giving program.

Planned Giving Study and Consultation Package

Has your organization wanted to start a Planned Giving program but can’t seem to move forward? MSG can coach you through the process of starting one and connect you with potential donors.

Grant Searching/

Doing proper research for grants can be so time consuming yet can make a huge difference. MSG can not only conduct the proper research needed but our CFRE certified team can do your grant writing for you.

Strategic Planning/ Fundraising Planning

Using a third party to lead your strategy sessions can create objective and difference-making ideas to keep your entire organization on the same page for years to come.

Employee Engagement Studies

Surveys have their place in research, but if you want to learn what makes your employees tick in a more meaningful way, let us help. Our process brings the honest, REAL feedback you are looking for.

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About Us

For years, organizations have relied upon outside counsel to determine if they are ready for next steps of growth, and that is exactly what we offer. Our Certified Fundraising Executives (CFRE) are former Nonprofit CEOs and Government Leaders who have one mission: to help our clients create and implement their vision so they can transform lives. With unbiased transparency, we advise, direct, and confirm areas of strength in our clients’ organizations. This evaluation process helps them feel more confident about the direction they choose to go in to maximize their effectiveness and fundraising.

With over 100 years of combined leadership in government, nonprofit industry, and small business ownership, our CFREs have provided guidance for government projects, meetings, and savings plans; feasibility studies, capital campaigns, leadership workshops, and training for hundreds of individuals.

When you choose MSG for your next project you are not just getting experienced consultants who were nonprofit leaders themselves. You are also getting a team of personable and humble people who are able to connect with just about anyone. The ability to establish positive relationships with your team and community is equally a priority for us.
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Past Clients

We've had the pleasure of working with a number of wonderful organizations. Here are just a few:
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Our Core Values


Everything we do should make a positive impact on your organization.


Through transparent, objective leadership, we make sure our clients stay at the center of all conversations and actions.


We believe everything starts with relationships, and those are best fostered with personable, pleasant interactions.


We work hard to bring monetary and education value, and win-win opportunities to our clients

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Chuck Rowe
MSG President
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With over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit world, Chuck has spent time in administrating, fundraising, and programming with two of the largest and most respected nonprofit organizations in the country (Boys and Girls Club & The Salvation Army). His hands-on experience in the day-to-day operations and activities inform his decisions, and make Chuck a credible source for any nonprofit looking for guidance. His decades of experience and ability to connect with others, will be an asset when talking with your donors.
Kelley Tetzlaff
Planned Giving Consultant of Counsel
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Kelley has a deep background in financial planning, with over 20 years of nonprofit planned giving experience and sixteen years experience in the financial services field in banking, investments and insurance. In that time, he has served as the gift planner, gift officer and executive director of a regional religious foundation as well as the regional gift planning officer for the Arthritis Foundation, American Red Cross and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

He served in the charitable world on the front line as a fundraiser, and as a trainer, coach and consultant training a broad spectrum of RD staff as well as board members and volunteers around philanthropy. Kelley worked and consulted on the benefits of major gifts and charitable gift planning as well as helping organizations establish their own major gift, planned gift and endowment programs.

Kelley has been a member of the Planned Giving Round Table of Arizona since 2002 and served on the Board of Directors and is a past president. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, a member of the Kingdom Financial Advisor’s as well as the Advisors in Philanthropy and a speaker for charitable giving conferences.

Kelley’s most important accomplishments are that he is a husband, a father of four and a grandparent to eleven grandchildren!
Stephen Taylor
Senior Consultant
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Stephen has over 40 years of nonprofit experience, He has background knowledge in executive leadership, fundraising, and grant writing. Stephen has boasted the accreditation of “Certified Fund-Raising Executive” from CFRE International continuously since 1999. One of his greatest strengths is being part of numerous feasibility studies and capital campaign projects.

He has been CFRE continuously certified and recertified since 1999, and was President of the AFP Chapter for Greenville-Spartanburg plus President of Fox West Philanthropic Network for Kane County, Illinois.


Midwest Studies Group partners with some of the most trusted firms in the field when it comes to services such as mail appeal, accounting, tax work, websites, video and media work, and more.
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BerganKDV provides comprehensive business, financial and technology solutions including: business planning and consulting, tax, assurance and accounting, technology, workforce management, wealth management, and turnaround management services.

Mike serves clients in the government sector, including cities, counties, traditional and charter school systems. He is responsible for growing the client base in the government market by building relationships with potential clients and working with them to help solve pain points they are experiencing in their business operations.

Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in organizational communication and sociology and is involved with Northern Voices, a nationally recognized school for deaf and hard of hearing children and Crescent Cove Respite & Hospice Home for Kids.
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BerganKDV provides comprehensive business, financial and technology solutions including: business planning and consulting, tax, assurance and accounting, technology, workforce management, wealth management, and turnaround management services.

Brian is responsible for the overall quality of work performed and the timeliness of services provided. He spends a great deal of time talking with clients about their needs and how his team can address them. Brian specializes in reviews and audits for manufacturers, distributors and nonprofit agencies.

Brian received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa. He is actively involved in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Iowa Society of CPAs, Allen Foundation Board of Directors, Waterloo Rotary Club of Directors, Cedar Valley United Way Emerging Leaders and Main Street Waterloo Volunteers.
Professional Office Services
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Professional Office Services is an official partner of MSG. Stacey has more than 25 years of experience in communications including public relations, media relations, community relations and marketing in both the public and private sectors. She helps customers create strategic messaging and marketing plans to solve their toughest communication challenges. Her expertise includes strategy and creating marketing and communications plans.

POS acquired Palmer Non-Profit Communications in 2019. Their brand “Before they open their hearts, they have to open the envelope,” is Stacey’s latest passion and work.

She and her team provide strategy, creative, data expertise, print and direct mail for successful donor appeal mailings. To learn more about donor appeal mailings and non-profit work contact us today!!!

100+ Years of combined nonprofit/gov’t experience

#1 The number one reason potential donors enjoy talking with MSG? Having the chance to be educated about the nonprofit we are representing.

15-20x : The average potential dollars we find for nonprofits compared to what we charge. Talk about a great return on investment!!!

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Waterloo, IA 50701

CALL US AT 319.961.2865
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