The Benedict Group
cmcsurely@gmail.com

Cindy McSurely

Cindy McSurely is the founder of The Benedict Group in Petoskey. With a heart for the arts and decades of experience in the nonprofit sector, Cindy McSurely has carved out a niche as a dedicated nonprofit consultant focused on fund development, governance, and leading practices.

Her professional journey began at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, where, as development director, she played a pivotal role in expanding the operational budget from $1M to $1.7M, leading events and campaigns that garnered over $500K. In 2020, she stepped into the role of executive director at Blissfest Music Organization. Navigating the transition of a 40-year-old founder-led grassroots organization, the focus was on diversifying funding, building leadership, and enhancing community engagement. Her work raised nearly $900K, enabling the organization to survive two pandemic-induced cancellations and successfully relaunch its flagship music festival.

Summit Speakers

Trey Devey

Alison Watson

Warren Call

Ted Alan

Michelle Bien

Samantha Charnes

Troy DeShano

Nikki Devitt, IOM

Alex Flannery

Jamie Gallagher

Jeff Garrett

Gary Gatzke

Amy Gillard

Mary Bevans Gillett

Deb Jackson

Amanda Kik

Tracy Muscat Lareau

Chad Lindsey

Cindy McSurely

Brett Sinclair

Peter Payette

Esther Triggs

Julie Povolo

Laura J. Quackenbush

Susan Roll

Summit Speakers

Trey Devey

Alison Watson

Warren Call

Ted Alan

Michelle Bien

Samantha Charnes

Troy DeShano

Nikki Devitt, IOM

Alex Flannery

Jamie Gallagher

Jeff Garrett

Gary Gatzke

Amy Gillard

Mary Bevans Gillett

Deb Jackson

Amanda Kik

Tracy Muscat Lareau

Chad Lindsey

Cindy McSurely

Brett Sinclair

Peter Payette

Esther Triggs

Julie Povolo

Laura J. Quackenbush

Susan Roll

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