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Work experience

Jun 2007Present

Senior Manager, Corporate Development

Friends of Cancer Research

Direct Corporate fundraising

  • Cultivate local businesses and corporate conglomerates with interest in oncology advancements, association partnerships, and giving monetary support from $1,000 to $100,000.
  • Manage donors with three asks per year generally raising $30,000 to $50,000 annually from individuals.
  • Maintain a working and philanthropic relationship with cancer center donations, associations gifts and membership dues generating from $1,000 to $10,000 from organizations with similar missions   


  • Manage all corporate giving donations via direct communication, letters, tax information, online, and written applications.
  • Consider capable donors at receptions, cocktail parties, association meetings, as well as other social events.
  • Maintain relationships with frequent contact, touching base with phone calls, mailings, email and 30% travel.

 Create Fundraising Initiatives

  • Designed holiday appeals for individual friends of the association.
  • Created new spring and reception solicitations and invitations, including mailing lists.
  • Completed in-house mailings and cultivation initiatives
  • Update and maintain all database information: updates, donor tracking, etc.

 Strategize Weekly with Staff

  • Involve all other departments in editing of my work, decision making or with connections with a donor.
  • Participate with most facets of this small nonprofit including marketing and science policy.

Plan Events

  • Organize and plan our annual reception including site visits, planner meetings, sponsorship opportunities
  • Decide on menus, invitations, and guest management, and budget; including complimentary invitations and extra incentives.

 Manage Staff

  • Aiding in donor research, data entry and special projects


  • Enter all donations into our database for full comprehension of dollars coming in; manage entries, etc.
  • Balancing Donor Development overhead and donations.
  • Forecast next fiscal year’s budget and goals.
Jan 2005Jun 2007

Donor Development Manager

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Managed the Donor Development Program

  • major giving from $1,000 to $100,000 yearly.
  • foundation grants from $2,000+
  • corporate giving, estate planning, and sponsorships.

Performed in-depth profiling

  • major donor cultivation and research.
  • including wealth screenings.
  • authorized foundation information.
  • mission matching.

Developed quarterly and annual funding campaigns for estate

  • unrevealed amounts.
  • year end giving at $40,000.
  • planning
  • memorials at $100,000.
  • federated campaigns reaching upwards of $150,000.

Co-Created "Making the Connection"

  • incorporating initiative to create multi-disciplinary work environment.
  • to keep the donor/participant loyal and attracted to society programs.

Strategized with ED

  • major gift budget and solicitation, and maintenance.
  • present new initiatives to staff, potential donors, and board members.

Travelled 40%

  • training programs, seminars and Development retreats.
  • meet with prospective donors.

Network at all LLS events

  • meet participants and network, including the Leukemia Balls, Man/Woman Galas, Light The Night walks, Team In Training marathons, regatta, golf, etc.
  • cultivate 20+ individual donors resulting in Society gifts.


  • 10 to 20 interns and volunteers in-house and on the field.
  • health fair coordination and departmental projects.

Figured department budget and yearly and quarterly forecast

  • balancing Donor Development overhead and donations.

Program Assistant & Women’s Center Volunteer

Women’s Studies Department, Western Illinois University

Fundraised and Marketed

  • for support of educational programs.
  • through grassroots efforts.
  • public speeches and open forums to spread awareness.
  • educated students on gender studies and participation.

Researched Grant Information 

  • for requests, proposals, and general solicitation.
  •  for professional publications.
  • and prepared appreciation letters to donors.


  • undergraduate students as a resource for information.
  •  as recruiter and coordinator for student volunteers for sponsored activities.

Produced Bi-annual Newsletter

  • organize, write, and edit content
  •  acknowledge all donors in collective gratitude section.

Program Liaison

  • between committee and the Women’s Studies program
  • produced announcements, funding, speakers, and organized education material for attendees.
  • or students and faculty for Women’s Studies keeping constant contact with donors,
  • volunteers and community.

Event Planner

  • for annual march for victims and supporters of sufferers of domestic violence, assault and rape.
  • dinners, meetings, events and created times and opportunities to raise money and awareness to the cause.
  • Donation Treasurer, Clothesline Project fundraiser, Take Back the Night Committee Chair.


  • for community and university members into volunteering and supporting national and local protest rallies.


  • as I collected donations and contributions to aid and fund the effort.


Aug 2002May 2004

Masters in Sociology

Aug 1997May 2001

Bachelor of Arts

Emphasis: Communication Minors: Women’s Studies & Journalism


Technical Poficiency
Proficient in fundraising databases; Microsoft Outlook; Excel; Raisers' Edge & GiftWorks fundraising database; Foundation Directory; donor research; cultivation; grant proposal reviews/guidelines. Skilled background in television and print media; communications; editing; employee training; team management; department direction.    


Donna McKelvey

And Direct Manager

Heather Chaney