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Why We Might Want To Talk

Is your fundraising stale? Not sure what to make of the Social Media landscape? Want to build a tribe? Let me show you how I helped The Salvation Army in Indiana radically transform their online presence. Learn how we engaged millenials by matching them with causes dear to their hearts. See how that experience is paying off for nonprofits all across the country.

I have extensive fundraising experience and teach workshops on grant writing, social media, and online fundraising. I love to communicate, whether it's with a microphone or a keyboard. I've been blogging for over eight years and have hosted a radio program for three years. When I'm feeling particularly creative, I write fiction. I've published two novels: Trolley Dodgers and Kansaska. Delicious Fiction will be released in September 2011. I also contributed to Achieving Excellence in Fundraising, 3rd Edition.

Work History

Course Instructor- Online Fundraising and Social Media

The Fund Raising School

This exciting new course is titled Online Fundraising and Social Media. I wrote and developed a one day and a two day workshop for The Fund Raising School at Indiana University, a leader in career development opportunities fornonprofit professionals. We offered the first official course in March of 2010 and have since taught 20 workshops in 8 different cities. 

Jul 2006Present

Development Director

The Salvation Army

During my tenure as Development Director of The Salvation Army, we have had four record breaking Tree ofLights Campaigns (Annual Campaign). We radically altered the Army’s web strategy —including aggressiveuse of Social Media, creating a new web template, and visual story telling via YouTube and Flickr. I also co-host Red Shield Radio on WIBC FM  -a fun filled program that highlights the work of the Salvation Army andother nonprofit organizations. Finally, we created a youth-based campaign centered around our mostcompelling cause: homelessness. Homelessness Bites has become a ground breaking new venture for The Salvation Army. (homelessnessbites.org)

Oct 2005Jul 2006

Assistant Development Director

The Salvation Army

During my brief time as Assistant Director, I instituted a measurement tool for evaluating the success ofspecial events and restructured our approach to corporate sponsorships. I continued to serve as GrantCoordinator during this period as well.

Sep 2002Oct 2005

Grant Coordinator

The Salvation Army

As Grant Coordinator for the Division, I wrote proposals, conducted prospect research, and edited proposalsfor other Salvation Army units. I also conducted Grant Writing workshops for Salvation Army officers andstaff. During this period we raised over $3,000,000 in private grants to Indiana Division.

Education

19861994

BA

Indiana University Bloomington

Skills

Radio Host
Red Shield Radio is a weekly program on WIBC-93 FM in Indianapolis. We're coming up on our 250th show.
Conducting Workshops
Courses: Grant Writing (Beginning and Intermediate) for Salvation Army Social Media and Online Fundraising for The Fund Raising School, Indiana University
Public Speaking
MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Word Press
Fundraising
Blogging
Grant Writing

Press Conference

My first novel.

Red Shield Radio on WIBC FM

Certifications

Grantsmanship Training Program

The Grantsmanship Center

Certificate of Fundraising Management

Indiana University