Credentials, Origin and Advisory Board


160 Years + Over 60 Beta Sites = the Unequaled

A team of business development consultants, a metrics expert and an organizational systems professor pooled their years, over 160, of experience and knowledge to construct an assessment and growth model entitled “MaxCI Assessment Tool™.

Beta Sites

The 60 plus beta sites tested the MaxCI Assessment Tool™ and process included colleges and universities, not-for-profit organizations, foundations, government agencies, chambers of commerce, boards of directors and business development consultants.

Origin of the MaxCI Assessment Tool™

The Guttman Scale of Evolution was the basis for the MaxCI Assessment Tool™. Benedict J. Di Salvo, Vice President & CEO, is the author of the Assessment Tool™. He has more than 40 years of experience and success in the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors as a consultant, administrator, grantee and grantor at the local, state, regional and national levels. His Masters degree is from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, School of Business – Bolz Center for Arts Administration. 

To improve the utility of this Assessment tool, an amended version and approach were developed then tested by not-for-profit organizations in New York, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Georgia, Illinois and Wisconsin. With the assistance and guidance of, over the past two years the format evolved into a sophisticated, Internet-based, confidential organizational health self-assessment and growth model for not-for-profit organizations.

The MaxCI Assessment Tool™ uses comparative scoring (ipsative), that is, the organization is compared to itself, to its potential – not to other organizations.  Likewise, comparative scores for each of nine business functions. The results also include a logical and achievable set of specific recommendations as a guide for the organization’s development and to maximize its potential.

The MaxCI Assessment Tool™ is hosted and powered by Qualtrics, Inc., a world-wide provider of Online Survey Software solutions serving Fortune 500 companies, major universities and others with over one billion surveys completed to date.

Advisory Board of Directors: (After fulfilling its purpose, it dissolved in 2015.) 

Barry Nickelsberg, Chief Development Officer for Estate & Gift Planning, The Carter Foundation, Atlanta, GA
Beverly Dusso, CEO, Tubman, Minneapolis, MN
Brian Kaye, Retired Bank Executive, Madison, WI
Craig Strike, President, Forward Initiatives, Rockford, IL
Elaine Glowacki, CEO, A Person-to-Person Business, Madison, WI    
Jim Block, Partner, Johnson Block & Company, CPAs, Madison, WI
Jim O’Connell, Executive Director, Performing Arts Foundation, Inc, Wausau, WI
Ron Williams, Retired Executive VP, Financial Training Resources, Inc, Downers Grove, IL
Tricia Sutton, President, Sutton Enterprises Inc, Bensenville, IL
Van Nutt, Executive Director, Middleton Chamber of Commerce, Middleton, WI