Willamette Valley Development Officers (WVDO) Regional Conference (2010), CASE Europe Schools Development Conference (2006), CASE Asia Schools Conference (2005), CASE-NAIS Conference (2002), CASE Summer Institute for Independent School Advancement Professionals (2001), and numerous local WVDO and Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) workshops.
Volunteer experience: Hillsboro Library Foundation board member (2011-present), Hillsboro Library Foundation capital campaign committee (2011-present), WVDO Regional Conference 2010 Program Committee
Awards: Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) International Scholarship (2002)Presentations: Fundraising among culturally and internationally diverse constituencies (Presentation at CASE Europe Schools Development Conference 2006)
Affiliations: Willamette Valley Development Officers, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Smith College Club of Oregon
Language: Certified Level 2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Exam, Fluent French
Development professional with 8 years experience working as Development Director and 13 years non-profit management experience at organizations involved with education, international relations and professional development in the United States and Japan. Experience in major gifts, corporate gifts, annual giving, special events, volunteer management, stewardship, corporate sponsorship, prospect research, marketing communications and working with diverse cultures.
- Development generalist
- M.A. in Philanthropy and Development
- Relationship building
- Organizational skills
- Written and oral communications
- Working with diverse cultures
- Project management
2009 - Present
Transitioned the school from volunteer led fundraising by establishing and leading the school’s first professionally led development efforts responsible for raising $260,000 annually.
- Increased net revenue 29% for all fundraising activities in two years despite a nascent philanthropic culture and weak economy.
- Served as sole staff member responsible for managing annual giving, special events (auction, wine tasting, Run for the Arts, stewardship and alumni events), donor stewardship, major gifts, prospect research, corporate sponsorships, grants, volunteer management, and SCRIP sales.
- Increased annual giving net income 44% to $57,389 in two years by incorporating personalized email follow-up to non-participants, branding it the TIS Fund, increasing visibility, and making donor acknowledgement as prompt and donor-centered as possible.
Increased auction net revenue 55% in three years to $204,638 by focusing on the special appeal, sponsorship, live auction, ticket sales, cutting costs and a strong volunteer leadership team.
- Grew the special appeal 97% to $86,710 by fine tuning the details, incorporating personalized asks before the event and providing donors details on their investment after the event.
- Increased sponsorship 192% to $28,500 by focusing on past sponsors, providing detailed return on investment packets to sponsors after the event, and utilizing volunteers to personally contact the parent community.
Stewarded relationships with past, present and potential major donors and the alumni community.
- Managed 20th anniversary celebration fair on campus for over 600 guests featuring entertainment, games, food and historical memorabilia.
- Organized annual appreciation breakfast for 50 current major donors and key volunteers.
- Organized 20th anniversary stewardship event for 100 guests featuring speaker and food.
- Supervised and managed receptionist.
2001 - 2006
Director of Development and Alumni Relations
After convincing the Board of Trustees of the importance of fundraising, simultaneously launched and managed the school's first capital campaign and annual fund in their close to 90-year history:
- Led a capital campaign that received close to $1,000,000 to support the construction of a major new building.
- Corporate gifts totaled $750,000.
- Organized groundbreaking ceremony and donor recognition event.
- Increased annual fund giving from $0 to $90,000 in three years.
- Created department infrastructure including donor database and gift processing procedures.
Built and managed alumni relations program:
- Established, recruited, trained and managed class representative network of over 70 volunteers.
- Increased the number of contactable alumni by 35% through improved and more frequent communication.
- Organized, facilitated and promoted alumni reunions and events around the world.
- Designed and maintained alumni database with approximately 4,000 records.
- Involved alumni in the school as volunteers, donors, guest speakers, staff, and vendors.
Managed the school’s marketing communications efforts including a monthly newsletter, annual report, and alumni newsletter:
- Managed publication production: determined and coordinated content, wrote and edited text, and designed layout.
- Transformed alumni publication from a 4-page black and white newsletter sent only to alumni to a 20-page color newsletter sent to both alumni and parents.
- Initiated and coordinated website redesign. Created content (articles, announcements, and photo galleries) for the site.
- Initiated and managed the transition of the monthly printed newsletter to an online version.
- Managed production of a school promotional video.
- Conducted admissions school tours in English and Japanese.
1999 - 2001
Coordinator of International Relations
As a Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program Coordinator of International Relations, I was an employee of the City of Osaka's International Relations Department who worked for the Osaka Sister City Network, a nonprofit organization.
- Initiated and organized a free concert for 1,000 attendees that generated media coverage and over 4,000 requests for tickets.
- Coordinated series of events on traditional Japanese culture aimed at foreigners in Japan. Publicized events, managed registration and served as cultural liaison/interpreter.
- Organized seminar series on foreign cultures and customs aimed at Japanese citizens. Determined topics, found speakers or served as speaker, promoted event, managed registration and facilitated event.
- Initiated, coordinated and led international business manners workshop that attracted over 150 attendees per conference session.
- As cross-cultural liaison between Osaka and her eight sister cities, served as interpreter, guided visiting groups, and translated correspondence, speeches, scripts and publications (Japanese/English and English/Japanese).
1996 - 1998
Massachusetts Software Council
Organized 50-60 yearly seminars for senior-level software industry executives that generated $200,000 a year.• Researched, recruited, scheduled and confirmed 30-50 speakers a year.• Developed event marketing materials, room set up, scripts, photo lists and handouts.• Negotiated and confirmed details with hotels.• Determined event calendar of dates and topics; gathered feedback from program evaluations, board members and focus groups.• Managed set up, pre-event preparations and registration process.
Wrote newsletter text, coordinated editorial and photo content and managed relations with photographer, graphic designer and printer.
Developed web site strategy and content.
Supervised temporary staff and volunteers. Interviewed and trained successor.
2003 - 2005
Thesis: Creating a culture of philanthropy among internationally diverse constituencies: Strategies for international schools in Japan
- Perspectives on philanthropy
- Individual and organizational leadership
- Communication for development
- Volunteerism and boards
- Qualitative research for development
- Resource management
- Theological and philosophical dimensions of philanthropy
- Strategic planning and organizational assessment
- Annual campaign
- Major giving
- Prospect research
- Planned giving
1991 - 1995
Aug 1993 - Dec 1993
Intensive study of Japanese language and culture