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TSG About Us


You want the finest minds helping you improve your nonprofit organization, and that’s the idea behind The Savage Group. Led by seasoned leadership coach John Savage, our all-star team works together to help you do your work better. Our team’s

TSG About Us

… make The Savage Group the best choice to make your nonprofit better.


Nonprofits make the world a better place. At The Savage Group, we’re dedicated to making nonprofits stronger so they can better serve their communities. But what makes them stronger? Adequate funds are essential, but they are not sufficient. Nonprofits need the right executives and board members, but leaders will struggle unless they’re working within a healthy, functioning system. And underlying all of these components are the messages that nonprofits communicate to their internal and external stakeholders.


Like a finely-tuned machine, these four components of nonprofits must be working in tandem if the whole organization is to be effective. That’s why The Savage Group employs an integrated approach, stressing the right leaders, healthy systems, sufficient resources, and powerful messaging. When all four are in place, nonprofits thrive. Our goal is to help you get there.


In the end, it’s all about your mission. Nonprofits aid human flourishing in innumerable ways. Our national-caliber team of subject-matter experts harness their combined expertise to strengthen nonprofits and empower them to make a difference in their communities. By doing so, we help you make an impact for good on the local, national, and even global level.


John Savage Founder

John B. Savage, EMBA

Founder and CEO

John B. Savage, EMBA, is a seasoned consultant and coach. For over thirty years, his big ideas have been helping nonprofits develop the organizational health, capacity, and capital they need to make the world a better place. John’s creative solutions have benefited agencies from entrepreneurial startups to organizations celebrating their hundredth anniversaries. John is most often retained to help clients grow their revenue, build their board, and transition through changes in leadership. He can be found teaching fundraising, leadership, stewardship and board development at various national conferences and events throughout North America, including Christian Leadership Alliance, Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, Association of Gospel Rescue Mission, Association of Biblical Higher Education, Christian Camping and Conference Association, and the Association of Christian Schools International, among others. John is an avid sailor and outdoorsman often found enjoying new ports and people wherever his travels take him! JOHN’S ROLES: Teacher Leadership coach Revenue revivalist Organizational strategist Partner in board development and board retreats JOHN’S SERVICES: Create and cast vision Develop and fund strategic plans, capital campaigns, and new program initiatives Coach boards and executive leadership to greater effectiveness and mission alignment Provide interim executive CEO and CDO leadership during critical transitions TYPES OF NONPROFITS SERVED: Private schools Foster care agencies Rescue missions Large and small church boards Family and church foundations Camps Overseas ministries Hospitals Inner-city agencies serving the poor Museums Colleges Family businesses And more EDUCATION: B.S. in Physics from Denison University (minor in Latin American Studies) Executive MBA from Pepperdine University EXPERIENCE: VP for Development, Union Rescue Mission, Los Angeles, CA Chair, United Way’s Hispanic Leadership Institute Produced a mentor/protege audio training program and a stewardship audio training program Host, Leadership Lifestyles, a daily radio program in Seattle, WA Teaching faculty, City Vision College Independent Study Advisor in Leadership, Bakke Graduate University Planning Commissioner, City of Des Moines, WA Chair, Board of Des Moines Creek Classical Cristian Academy, Des Moines, WA PUBLICATIONS: National columnist and contributor, InSite Magazine National columnist and contributor, Church Executive Magazine National columnist and contributor, Planned Giving Today Publisher, Boardwise, a bi-monthly newsletter on stewardship and leadership for board members of Christian ministries


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