With more than 20 successful years as an innovative fundraiser — first as a self-motivated and organized volunteer and within the last seven, as a visionary and problem-solving professional — I posses the proven ability to connect people and their passions in support of challenging fundraising goals. I have raised more than $6.3 million to date representing hundreds of closed deals and thousands of donors who began or increased their giving. I am eager to use my journalism and marketing background to land my first million-dollar gift and look forward to helping my clients do the same.

Work History

Work History
Nov 2005 - Present


Bellwether Fundraising

Focused on start-up programs at non-profit organizations nation-wide. I provide ongoing consultative and contract services including major / legacy gift solicitation, strategy, prospect research, database management, and development of collateral materials. The Foundation for Physical Therapy Board development, strategic planning, international fundraising event, member development including major gifts, chapter relations & volunteer engagement. The Phi Beta Kappa Society Start-up department, donor relations, estate administration, Web-site design, development and implementation Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area Interim Director of Development, Stewardship and Communications American College of Cardiology’s subspecialty societies: Society of Geriatric Cardiology (Interim Executive Director); Society for Vascular Medicine and Biology (grant research); Association of Women’s Heart Programs (strategic planning, collateral design, donor research)

Oct 2003 - Oct 2005

Director of Corporate Relations

Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network

Responsible for restructuring for the overall smooth operations of department including finance / accounting, donor stewardship, and research for a team of seven Responsible for designing / implementing comprehensive individual giving program from scratch Responsible for the management and coordination of the development department's corporate philanthropy program in Central US and related events working with an $8 million team goal. Lead point of contact on several Foundation initiatives, including: Technology, Faith-Based, Presidential Service Awards, MissionFish�E*Bay Alliance and 50+ Volunteer Programs, etc. Traveling 50% of the time to build new and enhance established relationships with Community Relations Officers and Corporate Executive Officers in conjunction w/ local Volunteer Centers. Raised: $16K in-kind / $217K corporate / $3K individual. = $236K total in 21 months with $1MM+ in pending proposals at any given time.

Oct 2001 - Nov 2002

Director of Development

The Methodist Home of DC

Built start-up development program w/ $35MM in assets as its first full-time development officer in 114 years Out of a $4MM general budget; appropriated $10K for Development purposes from $275K line item Coordinated 10th Annual Methodist Cup Benefit Golf Tournament: raised $17,000 20%>2001 Increased income to Home�s Volunteer Guild in their major fundraisers by 25% Developed first ever comprehensive internal gift planning policy/procedure manual Compiled and edited first development office gift acceptance policy/procedure manual Modernized marketing infrastructure by clarifying corporate identity & branding Established concert, lecture, seminar series partnered with local corporate sponsors Linked Home�s Website with numerous charity and volunteer internet resources which increased visibility, effected substantial increase in prospective resident, donor & volunteer traffic Established �.org� email w/ shared computer network server access

Nov 2000 - Oct 2001

Major Gifts Officer for Planned Giving

American University

Responsible for identifying, rating and qualifying hundreds of individual donor prospects with $25K+ giving potential; cultivating and/or soliciting for planned/outright gifts. Cultivated, developed and stewarded an ever-growing portfolio of donors Built extensive donor base through management of membership and recognition society Created, designed & launched successful advertising campaign aimed at parents and alumni Facilitated implementation of planned gift assets, gifts of tangible property, and outright gifts of securities coordinating with Offices of Finance & Treasury / University Counsel Served as Major Gifts Section liaison to $40 million Arts Campaign; consulted on campaign brochure design, handled advance logistics for 10+ high-end, long-distance events Originated content for and edited AU�s planned giving web pages ( Managed $20K publication of AU�s seasonal planned giving newsletter with 50K circulation

Jan 2000 - Oct 2000

Gift Planning Assistant

Prepared average of 20 Planned Giving proposals/week: 25%-50% of which were successful Personally facilitated asset transfers and back-end, set-up administration of +$2.8 million in irrevocable planned gifts funded with cash, securities, and real estate Maintained substantial donor and TNC field staff contact working to close planned gifts Managed constant stream of donor inquires, took initiative by conducting extensive prospect research on both current donors and new inquiries Accurately transferred assets to co-trustees, money managers, life-income beneficiaries Calculated actuarial and financial information used in preparation of legal documents. Established relationships with allied professionals facilitating efficient operations; arranged travel using sabre system & in-house agent Provided backup support for three peer team members. Mastered multimillion-dollar, real-time database of one-million+ members. Assisted in training two hires.

Oct 1996 - Dec 1999

Liturgical Program Assistant to the Canon Precentor

Washington National Cathedral

  • Delivered timely, accurate production of 1,800+ service programs within $26,200 budget
  • Coordinated scheduling of 20+ Clergy, 30+ Lay Ministers for 1,800+ services
  • Wrote clear and concise public affairs and special event announcements for leaflets
  • Served as liaison between VIPs, public and other departments for the Precentor
  • Made several large-group presentations to National Cathedral Association prospects 
  • Cultivated major donors for Worship, Altar Guild and Development Departments
  • Managed up to seven part-time, retired and student volunteers for the Worship Office
1993 - 1995

Volunteer Intern

The White House
Aug 1994 - Dec 1994

Special Assistant to the Press Secretary

Prague Castle - Office of the President of the Czech Republic
During this fall internship while I was studying with the World Capitals Program at American University, I was responsible for all English Language personal correspondence from the President's office. Offered advice on appearances and venues for US State Visit – namely whether or not he should present at the MTV Music Video Awards. Assisted the President's personal assistant in preparing for several formal receptions at the Castle notably one for all Czech students from across the country.


2001 - 2002


The College of William and Mary
1993 - 1995