How We Can Help You
Program Development and Expansion
As the executive director of Mental Health America of Franklin County (MHAFC) Laura led the expansion of programs serving 2,763 people to over 63,000. She oversaw the development and implementation of nine new prevention and client-based programs. These included: Ombudsman Access Program, Pro-Bono Counseling Program, Mental Health First Aid, Ohio Mental Health Caucus, Support Groups (Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Partum Depression, Schizophrenics Anonymous), and community-wide Mental Health Screenings. She increased program service fees at MHAFC over 850% during her tenure. All but one of the programs mentioned above have received long-term sustainable funding.
Laura is available to consult on current programs, future programming ideas, and evaluating programs to determine if they are meeting their intended goals.
Laura served as co-chair of the Coalition for Healthy Communities, the statewide mental health and substance use coalition for 16 years, building support for behavioral health issues throughout Ohio. In 2011, Laura built partnerships with 30 not-for-profit organizations in Franklin County to implement a pro-bono counseling program. She established long-term funding from the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board (ADAMH) of Franklin County and the United Way of Central Ohio.
Laura has written hundreds of grants and proposals totaling over $10 million. Funders include over 50 federal, state and local foundations, corporate and government sources. Laura ensures that the grants she writes are concise, complete, and well written. A sample of the successful grants and proposals are listed on the Success Stories & Testimonials
- Are you frustrated because you just don't have the time to actively fund raise?
- Do you have donors who you know would donate more if you just had the time to ask them?
- Are your staff so overworked that there isn't a free minute to even think about doing more?
- Do you wish your staff had more skills in donor cultivation?
- Do you constantly have to convince your board members that you need more help in order to raise more funds effectively? Is it falling on deaf ears?
- Are you not able to "friend raise," let alone fund raise?
- Are you losing money because you don't know how to reach the millennials that everyone keeps talking about?
- Are you tired of constantly hearing "do more with less?"
- Do you wish that someone would just come in and help you raise more money?
- Do you want to set up a planned giving strategy but you don't know where to start?
Laura has been there. In her years of working in various non-profit organizations, she has a very strong history of successful fund raising. Laura can help your organization reach its goals. She was successful in increasing membership donations by 350% with donor cultivation and improved solicitation procedures. She created and implemented six online auctions netting more than $170,000. Laura increased the funding base of one of her past organizations by 600% through grant writing, direct mail and special events. She successfully secured a 166% increase in United Way funding. Under her leadership, a signature event was created, which to date has raised over $500,000. Laura can help you strategize for the "ask."
Sometimes all you need is a person from the "outside" helping you to see your vision in a different way. Whether it's a one-hour meeting or a weekend retreat, SCG can assist you in meeting your event goals.
Non-Profit / Association Management
Non-profit organizations are often seeking better, more cost-effective ways to handle administrative services. SCG can help reduce your overhead in many ways. Your association may be small, or you may choose not to hire an employee. We can manage your database and assist with budgeting and financial management. SCG can work with your volunteer board to develop policy and procedure manuals, meeting minutes and administrative duties, bylaws and articles of incorporation, goal setting and long-range plans.
Transition Management / Succession Planning
It's never too early to begin succession planning. A change in leadership, whether planned or unplanned, can be difficult for any organization. Sometimes you need someone to come in and keep the ship afloat during difficult times. Whether it's serving in an interim role, or assisting current employees in completing their tasks, SCG can help your non-profit. Being ready with a plan can help your non-profit weather the inevitable challenges of leadership transition.
“As an active member of the Finance Committee, I could see first hand the positive impact she had on the agency. Her understanding of financial matters, her incredible fund raising skills, and her ability to reach a large donor base were outstanding.” More...— Kevin Brady, American Electric Power (AEP) Ohio
Success Stories & Testimonials
Laura has written hundreds of grants and proposals totaling over $10 million. Funders include over 50 federal, state and local foundations, corporate and government sources. Laura ensures that the grants she writes are concise, complete, and well written. A sample of the successful grants and proposals are listed below.
- American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation
- Cardinal Health Foundation
- Clear Channel Communications
- Dispatch Printing Companies
- Fifth Third Bank
- GSW Worldwide
- Huntington Bank
- Kroger Foundation
- OSU Wexner Medical Center
- Ross Laboratories
- Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease
- CareSource Foundation
- Central Ohio Primary Care Foundation
- Columbus Foundation
- Columbus Jewish Foundation
- Columbus Medical Association Foundation
- Harding Heritage Foundation
- Harry C. Moores Foundation
- Montei Foundation
- Nationwide Foundation
- Ohio Children's Foundation
- Reinberger Foundation
- United Way of Central Ohio
- Yassenoff Foundation
- Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board (ADAMH) of Franklin County
- City of Columbus
- Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA)
- Franklin County Board of Commissioners
- Ohio Children's Trust Fund
- Ohio Department of Development
- Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation
- Eli Lilly and Co.
- Forest Pharmaceuticals
- Janssen Pharmaceuticals
- Otsuka Pharmaceutical
- Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA
Cathy Levine, Retired Executive Director, UHCAN Ohio
Our organization contracted with Laura to help with fundraising for a project. She jumped in immediately, using her vast knowledge of the human service's world to make connections benefiting our work. Her output and results far exceeded our expectations and Laura was delightful to work with.
King Stumpp, President & CEO, Netcare Corporation
I have worked with Laura in a professional capacity for 12 years. I have observed her bring an advocacy agency to life with new programs and initiatives. Laura is a hard worker with a masterful skill set - program design, funding, grant writing, collaboration and management, including turnaround situations. Laura is always tuned into what is happening in the arena in which she works and is a "go to" person when questions or issues arise. I certainly value our working relationship highly.
Kevin Brady, Vice President, Market Operations and Fuels, American Electric Power (AEP) Ohio
I have had the pleasure of working with Laura for the past six years. I served on the Board of Trustees of Mental Health America of Franklin County when she was the executive director. As an active member of the Finance Committee, I could see first hand the positive impact she had on the agency. Her understanding of financial matters, her incredible fund raising skills, and her ability to reach a large donor base were outstanding. She ended each fiscal year with a substantial surplus of funds. Laura was successful in starting a variety of new programs that helped people with mental health issues, and was able to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs. She never wavered in her commitment to making sure the agency was well funded, run efficiently and effectively. Laura is highly respected in the community for her efforts and passion for the people she served. I would recommend Laura to anyone looking for a consultant with extensive knowledge in all aspects of non-profit organizations.
Leslie Ryan, CISSP, GWAPT, Senior Security Consultant, Dell SecureWorks
Working as a board member with MHAFC, I saw first hand Laura's ability to effectively manage every aspect of a non-profit organization. She partnered with other organizations to implement many cutting-edge programs, such as pro-bono counseling and MEDTAPP, and tirelessly promoted the cause of mental health in the Central Ohio area. Laura has built many relationships at the local, state, and national levels and is an excellent resource for any organization seeking to fundraise, build on existing programs, or implement new ones.
Berna Bell, Director, Health Policy at Ohio Hospital Association
It was my great pleasure to serve on the Board of Mental Health America Franklin County while Laura Moskow Sigal was Executive Director of the organization. As a member I received excellent practical training and experience in development and donor solicitation, strategic planning, and program development. During my tenure, MHAFC expanded its reach into Pro Bono Counseling, to women's services with the acquisition of POEM, and began exploring partnerships with other county MHAs. All of this took place under the visionary and dedicated guidance and leadership of Laura Moskow Sigal.
Barb Davis, Director of Human Resources, Columbus College of Art & Design
I served on MHAFC's board of directors as Treasurer and Vice President for several terms. During this tenure I found Laura to be dedicated to the cause of mental health in our community. She was a great collaborator with the entire board. Her fiscal discipline was always outstanding, adhering to budget constraints consistently. She managed her staff effectively and didn't hesitate to seek the counsel of others, demonstrating the open mindedness one would expect from a leader. Although my time away from my board position is long past, I continue to maintain a relationship with Laura.
Mary B Relotto, Founder, DamesBond and Mission Possible
Rarely do you find someone with as much integrity and drive, as Laura. She not only has the skill set, but the mindset to accomplish even the hardest of tasks.
Carole Robinson, Human Resources Consultant
I had the privilege of serving on MHAFC's Board for two terms and worked closely with Laura as the chair of the Board's Human Resources committee. Laura is not just a highly skilled Executive Director, she is a fiscal guardian, a proven leader, and a sought out expert in mental health advocacy. Laura has a very pragmatic approach, she investigates the needs and resources thoroughly, sets a plan of action, coordinates her team, and then follows through - no task is too complicated, or to small... she gets the job done each and every time. It is a true pleasure to work with Laura and watch the magic she performs with limited non-profit resources, from providing screening services and support groups, to testifying on mental health parity, to MHAFC's annual fund raising gala at the State House. Thank you Laura for all you do.
About Sigal Consulting Group
Sigal Consulting Group (SCG) is a full-service, management consulting company dedicated to helping non-profits and associations increase their organizational capacity through project management, executive-director-level staffing, and fundraising. The SCG founder is Laura Moskow Sigal. Laura has held leadership roles in non-profit organizations for the past 40 years. Laura was the executive director of Mental Health America of Franklin County (MHAFC) for 25 years. She transformed an under-performing operation in 1990 into a financially sound agency, meeting all financial goals year-over-year through 2014, including a surplus of more than $165,000 in 2014. She was able to eliminate the debt by 1991. Funding increased 1,000% through grant writing, fundraising and corporate support. She designed financial protocols and procedures to control costs and monitor organizational budgets. Under her leadership, the agency grew from a staff of 3 to 13.
Laura led the expansion of programs serving 2,763 people to over 63,000. She oversaw the development and implementation of nine new prevention and client-based programs. She increased program service fees at MHAFC over 850% during her tenure.
Laura received her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Bowling Green State University and her Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. She is licensed by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapy Board.
Laura has received numerous awards during her 40-year career. These include both organizational and individual:
- 2015 OSU College of Social Work Community Partner Award
- 2015 Human Service Chamber Health Champion Award
- 2012 Business First Health Care Heroes Award (Care to the Underserved)
- 2011 Columbus Area Mental Health Advocates Award
- 2009 St. Vincent Family Center Corcoran Award for Behavioral Health
- 2008 ADAMH Board Barry Mastrine Award for Outstanding Service to the Community
- 2004 Jewish Family Services Janice Ballas Community Service Award
- 2003 NAMI Ohio Mental Health Hero Award
- 1998 Ohio Department of Mental Health Progress and Achievement Award.
She has served on many boards included the Center of Vocational Alternatives (COVA), Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of Central Ohio (PLANCO), and Mental Health America of Ohio. Laura has been a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals since 1991. She is an active member of the Bexley, Ohio community.
“Laura has built many relationships at the local, state, and national levels and is an excellent resource for any organization seeking to fundraise, build on existing programs, or implement new ones.” More...— Leslie Ryan, Dell SecureWorks
Fund Raising Resources
Association of Fundraising Professionals
AFP represents more than 30,000 members in over 230 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs.
The Foundation publishes data and trends about charitable giving through its seminal publication, Giving USA, and quarterly newsletters on topics related to philanthropy.
Chronicle of Philanthropy
The Chronicle of Philanthropy is the bi-weekly newspaper of the nonprofit world. It is a news source, in print and online, for charity leaders, fund raisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise.
Guidestar is the national database and leading source of information on nonprofit organizations. The site contains programmatic and financial information for more than 850,000 American charitable nonprofit organizations.
The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center's mission is to support and improve institutional philanthropy by promoting public understanding of the field and helping grantseekers succeed.
Philanthropy Ohio is a statewide association of private, community and corporate foundations committed to making philanthropy in Ohio more effective through networking, idea sharing, advocacy and collaboration.
National Center for Charitable Statistics
The National Center for Charitable Statistics serves as the national repository of statistical information on the nonprofit sector from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other sources.
“It is a true pleasure to work with Laura and watch the magic she performs with limited non-profit resources.” More...— Carole Robinson, Human Resources Consultant
Sigal Consulting Group, LLC
Laura Moskow Sigal, President
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“She jumped in immediately, using her vast knowledge of the human service's world to make connections benefiting our work.” More...— Cathy Levine, UHCAN Ohio