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Work History

Feb 2004Present

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Sisters of the Holy Family

Works in collaboration with Sisters of the Holy Family Board of Directors to create and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan. Directly manages external fundraising efforts carried out in the name of the Congregation. Directs and delegates the activities of the Development Office and supervises the mail program. Maintains contact with, upgrades and cultivates donors on an ongoing basis. Plans and coordinates all publicity related to the Development Office. Develops and monitors annual Development Office budget. Designs and prepares materials as needed to educate the Congregation and donors regarding fundraising efforts. Hires, supervises and evaluates Development Office staff. Responsible for all on-line communication and social networking.

Mar 2001Mar 2002

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

National Business Incubation Association
Managed activities related to fundraising and development: including managing sponsorship deliverables, exhibitors and exhibitor space, annual and special campaigns, and affinity programs. Responsible for implementing strategic goals, and determining various ongoing tactics and objectives to meet those goals, including determining funding sources, foundation and corporate giving through online and library foundation prospect research and information gathering, as well as grant writing. Annual Campaign planning and implementation, as well as organizational marketing, conference related activities and membership requests.
May 2000Oct 2000

SOCIAL WORKER-II

Inyo County HHS
Facilitated foster, group home, and facility placements for children-service through children's protective services and mental health departments; visited children in placements and maintained relationships with children's social workers, therapists and other workers. Created a Foster Parent Recruitment, Training and Retention program and initiated and helped to coordinate a community collaborative effort to provide an Independent Living Program for teens at risk in the Bishop area, with the CalWORKS Department of Welfare, Department of Education, and local nonprofits. Completed 40-hour training in each: "Answers Benefiting Children" model, and California Wraparound Service Model for integrated services
May 1999May 2000

CASE MANAGER-II

Inyo County HHS

Managed satellite office, provided client case management including mental health, alcohol and other drug services, welfare and other services. Day-to-day activities included counseling job-hunting skills, welfare application procedures and offering referrals to outside agencies, as needed. Participated in the multi-disciplinary teams for clients' welfare. Completed: 40-hour training in Domestic Violence Crisis Intervention; 24-hour training in Serving Difficult Children; 6-hour training on using the Alcohol Severity Index; and 12-hour training on using ASAM Needs Assessment. Part-time position-24-hours per week.

Jul 1995Dec 1997

FUND DIRECTOR

KPFA Radio 94
Designed, implemented and directed development functions including annual fundraising, planned giving, major gifts, donor research and multi-year campaigns, often multiple concurrent projects. Set deadlines and ensured program accountability and increased RIO for all aspects of the Annual Campaign Fund, including direct mail and telephone appeal campaigns. Developed and managed giving societies to maintain contact and identify repeat, consistent major donors. In conjunction with Development Director, cultivated and stewarded contact with major-donors, planned giving supporters and prospects, involving periodic mail campaigns and calls. Identified prospects for, organized seminars, and other special events in order to cultivate major donor and planned giving prospects. Designed and edited the twice yearly "The Next Wave: Tax and Estate Planning for KPFA Listeners," newsletter to current or prospective planned-givers and major donors.
Oct 1992Jul 1995

CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE & OFFICE MANAGER

Homeopathic Educational Services
Created and maintained office systems for a mail-order book and product company. Handled customer mail and phone orders, specializing in international customer relations. Supervised and trained employees, administered and anticipated problems with computer network system. Evaluated and maintained domestic and international inventory. Maintained accounts receivable and collections.

Education

19972000

Master of Nonprofit Administration

University of San Francisco, College of Professional Studies

San Francisco, CA Student: 9/1996 to 5/1999, GPA 3.85 Completed - Intensive accredited program of studies, coursework included:

  • Financial Management
  • Development and Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Legal Issues
  • Human Resources & Organizational Development
  • Management Information Systems
  • History of the Public Sector
  • Organizational Behavior and Diagnosis
  • Organizational Policy
  • Strategic Planning and Governance
Jan 1995Present

Development Director Certificate

University of San Francisco, College of Professional

University of San Francisco College of Professional Studies San Francisco, CA Student: 1/1994 to 2/1995, GPA 3.95 Completed  - Intensive non-degree professional training program, with fieldwork in all aspects of fundraising management. Course and field-work topics included:

  • Philanthropy and Fundraising: History, Philosophy, Theory and Management
  • Annual Giving (Presented by Barbara Marion)
  • Marketing Principles for Fundraising (presented by Gwen Lister, MBA) 
  • Grantsmanship: Corporate, Foundation and Government Funding (Presented by Mim Carlson)
  • Capital Campaigns, Major Gifts and Planned Giving (Presented by Henry Rosso) 

Skills

Marketing

Print, e-mail, social, analytics, digital engagement

General Applications

Fully computer literate. Able to adapt with new technology easily.

Social Networking

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram and others. Also have used Hootsuite management software. 

Microsoft Office

All the MS Office suite. I use Word and Excell the most, but have used all.

Database

I have a strong understanding of the use and management of database software. Currently use Telosa software,  Exeed! Premier.

Adobe CS5

I currently use InDesign the most, but also use Photoshop and Illustrator.

Portfolio

For each of the Items below, My responsibilities included designing the material as well as running the program associated with it. 

Portfolio

Interest

Newark Parks Foundation, Board of Directors, Secretary

Current Professional Focus: Catholic Fundraising.

Girl Scouts. Reading. Science. Dogs. Gardening. Children.

Education. Earth, Human & Social Justice, Peace Issues.

Objective

Career Objective: 

To provide direction and leadership for the smooth operation and efficient function in a nonprofit organization that strives toward excellence and ensures safety, health and empowerment to individuals in society.

Current short term career objective: CFRE

Qualifications Overview

  • Direct experience and professional training since 1990, in not-for-profit organization management.
  • Effective oversight, planning, implementation and evaluation of comprehensive development programs and other projects, including:
    • planned giving prospect identification,
    • planned giving seminars, newsletters and mailings,
    • on-line fundraising using social media and applications
    • major donor stewardship, special events and appeal campaigns,
    • direct mail & telephone appeal campaigns, 
    • general membership newsletter design and editing,
    • grant research & writing,
    • sponsorship and exhibitor programs for events,
    • event & publicity management, 
    • and public relations.
  • Very literate in on-line communications, social networking and media use for nonprofit marketing and fundraising.
  • Effective in planning, organizing and evaluation on project as well as strategic levels - including budgets, personnel and material needs. 
  • Superior problem-solver and analytical thinker in a variety of situations.
  • Decisive leadership skills combined with collaborative team attitude. Proficient in consensus decision-making process. 
  • Experienced at creating an appreciated and motivated volunteer & employee base.
  • Adept at learning in hands-on situations.
  • Effective events and systems logistical planner. 
  • At ease in many computer software environments, and unafraid of learning new systems.
  • Successful at working with both youth and adults, in diverse communities, and the various constituencies that serve them.

Link to Portfolio

Personal Statement

I am very proud of the work I have done with each organization with whom I have worked.

Usually my responsibilities are not only fundraising, but (more recently) have included the development and management of the websites and all other online communications including social networking and online marketing. 

Over the years, experience has taught me how to build strong relationships with all departments in an organization. I have the ability to work within a team as well as cross-team. I can work with web engineers to resolve technical issues and implement technical enhancements, work with the development department to implement design and functional enhancements, and monitor site statistics and conduct search engine optimization.

My background has afforded me many "intangible" qualifications one can't learn from a book. Qualities such as resourcefulness, insight, adaptability, pride, and common sense are just a few. Protocol including integrity, accountability, appropriateness, and a strong, work ethic make me a cut above the rest. 

I love my current position but will welcome all inquiries. To get me to change positions, it would have to be quite a great job indeed!