What the HECK?
Our unique experience has shown us that far too many organizations, despite having excellent staff, technology, and passion, struggle to achieve positive outcomes. Be it lack of adoption or ongoing training for their technology investments, siloed internal teams, too little time dedicated to grow skills on emerging trends and technology, or inadequate change management, failure to succeed leads to frustrated staff, missed opportunities and lost revenue.
Our goal is to help you raise heck for your cause by identifying roadblocks, removing them, and improving outcomes to success.
You are doing good things - we want to help you do them better.
What do you need to achieve success? We can help you answer this question - and we can also help you get there.
I Need Great Technology
We help you evaluate your existing digital solutions and make recommendations for the best technology to match your goals and staffing.
I Need Great People
We evaluate your staffing plan to make sure you have sufficient staff with the right skill set to work with your great technology.
I Need Great Outcomes
If both your technology and your people are great, but you need to improve your outcomes, we can help. We'll show you how to use the customer success model to optimize your operations and ensure you’re set up to achieve and exceed your goals.
Yeah, We Do That Too. We've spent our careers in nonprofit strategy, fundraising, advocacy, and social media. If you need any of those things, we can provide strategic recommendations and create winning campaigns for your organization.
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Raise HECK is us! We are Charlotte Kresse and Sally Heaven.
We believe that we are all here to make the world a better place and lift each other up. If you believe that too and want to improve the way you get it done, then we want to work with you.
We have a combined over 40 years in the industry and have worked with some of the largest nonprofits in the country, helping them meet their technology, fundraising and advocacy goals.
Learn more about us by reading our bios here:
Charlotte is an innovative, highly-motivated leader with a proven track record of success in executing strategic plans to meet organizational objectives. She is highly skilled in developing high-performing teams and collaborating cross-functionally to implement business initiatives and improve workflow efficiency. She has in-depth knowledge of software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions and how they contribute to organizational goals and revenue growth. She’s recognized for a unique combination of entrepreneurial thinking, leadership skills, compassion, and a sense of humor to help customers reach their strategic goals.
Before starting Raise HECK, she led a team of senior Customer Success Managers at Blackbaud. She applied core change competency methodologies to maintain her team and customer’s satisfaction. Before taking a leadership position, Charlotte was a Customer Success Manager where she built strategic partnerships to retain and grow business for Blackbaud’s highest-value customers of top-tier nonprofit organizations.
Charlotte also spent six years at Chapman Cubine and Hussey where she was the Director of their rapidly growing Online Marketing Department. She managed and grew the team and business while also providing integrated fundraising and advocacy strategy for enterprise nonprofit organizations.
She also has worked in the digital departments of NARAL Pro-Choice America managing the affiliate communications as well as answering constituent correspondence for Senator Jack Reed from Rhode Island.
After spending 10 years in Washington, DC, Charlotte now lives with husband and two boys in Rhode Island. She takes advantage of living in the Ocean State by enjoying open water swims and supporting local causes such as Save the Bay. If not in her home office or the ocean, you can find Charlotte exploring new places, at yoga, or supporting and raising heck for progressive causes.
Sally is a dynamic, creative leader with deep industry knowledge and top-notch communication skills. She cares deeply about progressive causes and gets especially jazzed by helping organizations doing good things for the world bring both proven and novel strategies, techniques and technologies to improve their outcomes. She’s as quick with a pun as she is with strategic insight.
Before founding Raise HECK with Charlotte Kresse, she was a senior member of the Customer Success team at Blackbaud. Sally managed a portfolio of the largest mission-driven nonprofits to help them achieve and exceed their goals. As a recognized subject matter expert, she brought both proven strategies and innovative new ideas to crucial areas of nonprofit fundraising and digital marketing – sustained giving, email deliverability, and online advocacy chief among them.
Sally also spent seven years at the at the Human Rights Campaign in the organizing department, where she led their digital advocacy efforts to support equality for LGBTQ people. She lived through the literal digital transformation of the organization as it adopted its very first cloud-based system for online advocacy and fundraising.
Originally from Ohio and a product of the very best of the Big Ten’s educational systems, she earned an M.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Biology from Indiana University. Sally now resides on the East Coast in Takoma Park, Maryland with her wife and three children. When not raising heck for progressive causes, you can find her cheering on her kids at their soccer matches and walking or riding her bicycle through the urban forest in Takoma Park.
I had the pleasure of knowing Sally and Charlotte while working with some of the largest cause and cure advocacy organizations when at Blackbaud. Their deep understanding of the specific needs and requirements across fundraising, advocacy, staffing, and technology was put to good use with every interaction to make these nonprofits better. It was outstanding to partner, learn and share with Sally and Charlotte as they continually tackled complex internal and external client challenges. They are a great team who truly care about their clients’ success. Richard Geiger, Senior Vice President, Grenzebach Glier and Associates.
It’s nice to be able to recommend a company and not have any reservations about how great they are. Sally and Charlotte are leaders in the industry and clients love working with them. They have a rare combination of strategic insight, creativity, understanding of the tactical details and do it all with a sense of calm and humor. The nonprofit space is lucky to have Raise HECK in it. Jenny Allen, Principal, Sr. Vice President, CCAH
Sally and Charlotte are smart, creative and positive people who care deeply about progressive causes. Their work is thorough and thoughtful, and they bring enthusiasm and experience to everything they do. I’m excited that Raise HECK is here. Emily Goodstein, Founder and CEO, Greater Good Strategy
Charlotte and Sally were true partners to PPFA as our customer success managers when at Blackbaud. They were invested in our success and took the time to understand our business operations and the intricacies of working within a federated model. They provided strategic insight, guidance and patience during a time when digital advances combined with an ever-changing political landscape completely transformed our operational needs and demands. If you work with Raise HECK you’ll gain the partnership of the knowledge of women who are smart, funny, and truly dedicated to your mission and success. Stephanie Lauf, Senior Director, Digital Fundraising & Supporter Engagement at Planned Parenthood Federation of America.