I am currently working as a freelance consultant serving area non-profits. I specialize in fundraising events, volunteer engagement, public relations & research projects.
- The Friends of the Sangamon Valley - Development Advisor - 2012
Wrote appeal letters & press releases for the annual fundraiser event and assisted with the creation of a public relations plan for the organization.
- Girls on the Run of Central Illinois - 5k Race Director - 2011/12
Served as 5k director for the spring & fall Girls on the Run 5k community events. Recruited volunteers, managed marketing, site logistics, vendor contracts & event entertainment. The race draws more then 1200 runners from the GOTR programs & the local community.
- Diocesan Council of Catholic Women - Event Coordination Advisor - 2010
Consulted on fundraising & site logistics during the planning & production of the 2010 annual convention held in Springfield, IL.
- Illinois Symphony Orchestra - Development Manager - 2008-2010
Served as database administrator, managed volunteer relations, donor communications, revenue generating special events (including the annual dinner/auction gala), the annual fund, grant development & reporting, season ticket renewals (which had an 80% renewal rate in '09 & '10) & fundraising income accounting.
- Sangamon Valley Youth Orchestra - Development Advisor - 2009
Managed the 2009 annual fund appeal, worked with office staff to sell ads & create the season program guides and developed the project plan of a major fundraiser event.
- WUIS 91.9 NPR Station - Development & Promotions Assistant - 2009
Scheduled & scripted day sponsorships, processed gifts, coordinated arrangement & implementation of promotional events, assisted with station & donor appreciation events and pledge week activities for the spring & fall fund drives.
- AFS-USA Intercultural Programs - Springfield Project Manager - 2007/08
Promoted AFS to high schools, arranged classroom presentations, worked with students on application preparation, created a volunteer scholarship committee & interviewed all 40 student applicants, handled promotions, public relations & events relating to the scholarship program (coordinated one of the largest info sessions in the history of AFS exchange, an awards presentation at a local historic site, student retreat days, etc.). Six students from Springfield traveled with AFS in the summer of 2008 after nearly seven years of lapsed community involvement with the program.
- Y-Me National Breast Cancer Organization - Event Coordinator - 2007/08
Produced the Mother's Day "Walk to Empower" 5k in Springfield, which raised over $80,000, as well as 8 smaller events. I was responsible for marketing, acquiring sponsorships, negotiating vendor contracts, site logistics, volunteer development & team recruitment.