Strategic Organizational and Conservation Consulting
"Belle is a detail-oriented task-master. We couldn’t have pulled off our conference without Belle’s fundraising and event planning help. She followed through with managing every aspect of the project, including coming up with some creative ways to raise funds and cut costs so that we not only stayed within our budget but came out ahead.”
– Doug, Minnesota Sea Grant
With over 15 years experience finding and writing grant proposals, managing large and small projects, and planning and coordinating environmental conferences, Belle Bergner helps groups not only meet their grant funding and event goals but also raise their profile for future success. Regardless of the client’s organizational size, Belle finds ways to build capacity, leverage resources, and make the most out of what her clients want to accomplish.
Belle has helped to raise more than $7 million for her clients, developed and managed projects that have restored hundreds of acres for conservation, and planned conferences from top to bottom for 150 – 600 attendees. Examples of successful grants include $750,000 from the US Department of Energy for renewable energy curriculum development to the Milwaukee Area Technical College; $250,000 from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to Menomonee Valley Partners for restoring Wisconsin’s largest brownfield; and $150,000 from Sustain our Great Lakes for Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership’s Lake Michigan shoreline restoration. Recent event planning has included the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference, with 500 attendees and 37 exhibitors.
Belle’s passion derives from the beautiful natural places in which she has traveled and that she has helped clients preserve and protect. Having grown up hiking, biking, canoeing and skiing in New England, being outdoors as much as possible is not only how she cultivates a better understanding of her clients’ goals, it is a requirement for her sanity. Recent travels to scenic treasures in the US, Southeast Asia, Europe and Central America give Belle perspective on what is not only possible visions for a sustainable planet, but also what our ideal for preserving and protecting the environment can and should be. Currently, Belle’s time outdoors is spent with her daughter, husband and dog along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Belle’s training in biology, ecology, and environmental management gives her unique skills to be able to craft scientifically and technically articulate and detailed proposals as well as plan and manage science-based events that most grant writers or event planners cannot do. Credentials from some of the best universities in the world include a Master of Science in Ecology, Evolution & Biodiversity from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences with a minor in Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College.