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Summary:   9 years of successful experience in nonprofit fund development and communications.   Strategic and creative approaches that drive mission success. Optimistic "big picture" leadership.

Work History

Feb 2016Present

Communications & Membership Manager

Oregon Opportunity Network

Membership association of Oregon community development and affordable housing nonprofits, serving low-income and marginalized youth, families, and neighborhoods. 

  • Developed strategic plans for fund development, membership development, and communications - including retention and major gifts moves management strategies.
  • Led the development and roll-out of a new website.
  • Strategized communications calendar, E-newsletter, social media, and messaging.
  • Increased Facebook page likes by 25% in first six months.
  • Cultivated members and donors, including individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  • Led event management and sponsorship fundraising for $100k+ Gala with 500+ guests.
  • Secured major sponsorships of $20k+
Jun 2015Present

Vice President / Development Director

Autism Climbs

Co-founding member of this nonprofit that empowers youth with autism and their families through climbing activities and workshops.

  • Leadership and executive decision making as Vice President of board of directors.
  • Developed mission statement, case for support, and messaging.
  • Developed and launched new website. 
  • Developed foundation grant tracking database and calendar.
  • Grant research, identification, and proposal writing.
  • Trained board on major gifts strategies and donor cultivation best practices.
Dec 2013Oct 2015

Communications & Development Director

ROSE Community Development Corporation

Community Development and affordable housing nonprofit, serving low-income youth, families, and neighborhoods in outer southeast Portland.

Communications: 

  • 2-year Integrated marketing and fundraising strategic plan.
  • Developed concept and strategic plan for "Healthy Neighborhoods in Bloom" Campaign, resulting in over 100% increase in Facebook followers in the first year, and 35% growth in e-newsletter subscribers.
  • Created annual reports, including branding, design, layout, printing, direct mailings.
  • Wrote appeal letters, newsletters, and managed email campaigns.
  • designed and created impact posters, brochures, 1-pagers, t-shirts.

Public Relations:

  • Coordinated and directed all public relations activities.
  • Led "Story Yard"  outreach event in partnership with Portland Community College.
  • Official  spokesperson and primary liaison with news media.
  • Coordinated, prepared, and supervised press releases.

Management:

  • Hiring, training, and supervising of volunteers, interns, and contract staff.
  • Management of 10-person Marketing & Fundraising Committee.
  • Budgeting
  • Reporting on outcomes and growth metrics, including presentations to Executive Director, committees, and Board of Directors.

Sponsorship Sales & Fundraising:  

  • Lead generation, corporate partner relations, sponsorship sales. 
  • Achieved highest fundraising revenue total in ROSE's history, with 60% annual growth.
  • Highest revenue & best ROI for Donor Breakfast Event, with 35% growth.
  • Achieved 150% revenue increase with 2013 year-end appeal

Database Management: Data migration, and cross-platform data integration to streamline communications and fundraising efforts. 

Jul 2009Nov 2013

Fundraising Consultant   (Client Specialist)

Greater Giving 

High-growth, software and technical fundraising solutions company, with a client base of over 10,000 nonprofits, colleges, and high schools.  

  • Fundraising strategies, consultations, and best practice development, helping clients raise over $3Billion in fundraising revenue.
  • Design and implementation of client online donation pages.
  • Streamlined  fundraising for galas, charity auctions, and online giving campaigns.
  • "VIP Client" on-boarding, training, and account support for all regional territories.
  • Served as a "technical go-to" resource for product knowledge and industry best practices for sales team.  
  • Data imports and exports from Raiser's Edge and other CRMs, data tracking, database management.
  • Documented and communicated software bugs and user feedback to engineers. 

Client service, account management, and technical support:  

  • Led individual and group training, coordinated events and projects, strategic consultation, technical support.
  • Contacted nonprofits and schools across the country to plan, coordinate, and schedule fundraising events.
Feb 2008Jun 2009

Fundraising Recruitment Coordinator

Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Marketing and promotion of "Lock-up" fundraising events. 
  • High-volume outbound calling to local business community
  • Engaged target audiences with MDA brand and events
  • Secured their commitment to participate as fundraisers.
  • Marketing and fundraising manager for Spring "Hop-a-thon" event. Achieved highest recruitment (60+ participating schools) and highest net fundraising revenue to date.
  • Marketing and fundraising manager for "Shamrock" fundraising program. Fundraising coordination, and relationship management for participating business partners in Portland and SW Washington. 
Apr 2007Aug 2008

LSAL Research Study - Participant Retention

Portland State University

National Center for the Study Of Adult Learning and Literacy (NSCALL), PSU

  • Managed CRM database of thousands of contacts. 
  • Correspondence by phone and email with participants and contacts. 
  • Data entry, data cleaning using Excel and SPSS software. 
  • Website design: (LSAL Participant website): Composition of content, revision editing,  designed using Dreamweaver software.
Mar 2008Sep 2008

Researcher, Focus: First Generation College Students

Portland State University, Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program
  •  Wrote summary and proposal of the research project for Institutional Review Board.
  • Conducted Literature review, and wrote article summaries. Conducted library and Web-based research.
  • Contributed to Survey design and data Collection.
  • Presented at 2008 McNair Research Symposium.
  • Wrote research paper to be published in a National academic journal.
Jan 2000Oct 2011

KH Guitar Lessons

Guitar Instructor
  • Private instruction of guitar, music theory, songwriting, and multi-track recording.

  • Lesson planning, student assessment and feedback.

  • Budgeting, accounting, and billing.

  • Marketing, advertising, business development.

Education

Oct 2010Mar 2012

MBA, Nonprofit Management

Marylhurst University
Sep 2006Aug 2008

Bachelor of Science (Sociology)

Portland State University

2008 Ronald E. McNair Scholar. Graduated with Honors in Sociology . 

19951996

Associate of Science

Whatcom Community College

Skills

Business Software Applications

Windows and Apple OS platforms, Microsoft Office Suite, SPSS

Adobe Creative Suite

Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat. 8 years experience.

CRM Software & Data Management

8+ years experience with multiple CRM software platforms (Pivotal, Salesforce, Insightly, other custom platforms). 

CANVA

Web-based graphic design and branding software. Developing brand guides, marketing  templates.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization

Google analytics, SEO keyword strategies and best practices, online target audience strategies.

Social Media Marketing

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Wordpress Blogs. Facebook ads and analytics, target audience growth strategies.

PCI Compliance Certification

Annual (2009 - 2013) PCI Compliance courses and training. Level-3 PCI standards for credit card processing, protocols for handling sensitive data (financial, personal), ethical standards.

References

Nick Sauvie

ROSE Community Development (Executive Director)

Phone: (503) 788-8052 ext.16

Email: nick@rosecdc.org

Kristi Myers (Development Officer)

Evergreen Health Foundation (current)

American Red Cross - Northwest Region (former)

Phone: (425) 309-8786

Email: kristinkmyers@hotmail.com

Jill Boyer (Marketing Director)

Greater Giving                            

Phone: (503) 597-0558

Email: jboyer@greatergiving.com

Kelly Walkoski (Director of Client Services)

GiveSmart (current)

Greater Giving (former)

Phone: (503) 382-9036

Email: walkoski@gmail.com