About Us

We have a track record of providing comprehensive planning, focused action, repeatable processes, and defined results for a variety of organizations, including small businesses, non-profit organizations, and foundations.

Our values mandate that we will do what we say we are going to do on time and on budget while meeting or, preferably, exceeding your measurable goals. Together, we will move your organization forward.

Here are just a few examples of what our clients, colleagues, and partners say about our work.

“Thorough, strategic and finished ahead of schedule—that was our experience with CDO Consulting Group. With Ruth’s expertise, we were able to quickly create and execute an initiative from our ‘to-do’ list that is strengthening our grant seekers across four states.”

Sharon Smith, Program Director for the Dekko Foundation

“Ruth has been a trusted, go-to member on our board of directors for the past eight years. She brings a deep understanding and expertise in board governance, fundraising, leadership, communication, and community impact.”

David Nicole, CEO of United Way of Allen County

“Ruth takes great pride in her work and is a consummate professional. She is innovative, thinks outside the box, articulate, and a creative thinker.”

Mike Mushett, CEO of Turnstone

“Ruth has a unique ability to visualize every step of a project during the planning phase to ensure all details are considered. Then, she will build a team to execute the plan and deliver the desired results on time and on budget.”

Irene Walters, former Executive Director of University Relations and Communications at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Our Founder

CDO Consulting Group founder, Ruth Stone, has experienced nonprofit organizations from all sides–leadership staff, board, volunteer, and donor. She understands that business moves quickly and a lack of staff capacity can prohibit growth. She brings a unique perspective that isn’t tied to the way things have always been done and has the ability to quickly learn about the organization, its specific project, and determine the best way to achieve the desired outcomes that will move an organization forward. Her areas of expertise include strategic implementation, project management, organizational efficiency, board governance, resource development, leadership, and volunteer management. She values collaboration, thoroughness, and exceeding client expectations.