Previous Employment

Major Gifts Officer – Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota – Saint Paul, MN

  • Managed and planned all aspects of major giving and new planned giving programs
  • Built new major gifts portfolio through best practices in fundraising, including a combination of technology-based and face-to-face prospect research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
  • Upgraded the size of gifts given by major donors by 20%
  • Increased the number of major donors by 25%
  • Initiated new program to re-engage former members of the board of directors

External Relations Director – Minnesota Museum of American Art – Saint Paul, MN

  • Directed all aspects of external relations. Primarily: fund development, research, and public relations; Secondarily: membership, marketing, and events
  • Created and implemented comprehensive development and marketing program case and plans with my External Relations Team, leading to 28% increase in contributed revenue, closer ties to the City of Saint Paul, and more than 10% increase in Museum attendance
  • Track record of successful gift solicitations from a variety of sources, including individuals, corporate sponsorships, and government, corporate and foundation grants
  • Managed all Membership & Visitor Services, Program & Events, and Development Staff and Interns
  • Led Development & Marketing Committee of the Board of Trustees, including conducting training sessions for volunteer solicitors
  • Member of and active participant in local arts and culture committees

Capital Campaign Consultant / Campaign Manager – MGI Fund Raising Consulting /Masonic Cancer Center Fund – Roseville, MN

  • Managed, helped create strategies for and coordinated $10 million capital fund raising project benefitting the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota, including case statement and newsletter creation, writing, personnel and volunteer management, and major gift prospect research, identification, qualification and solicitation
  • Conducted training sessions throughout Minnesota for volunteer solicitors
  • Worked with client to select, implement, and successfully use new donor data management system

Capital Campaign Associate – Episcopal Homes of Minnesota – Saint Paul, MN

  • Successfully created and cultivated new funding relationships for the organization with families, businesses, and foundations in the community
  • Created and coordinated campaign communications
  • Created, modified, and updated prospect tracking tools and reports

Development Manager – Summit Academy OIC – Minneapolis, MN

  • Coordinated and completed the organization’s first $1 million Annual Campaign, including strategy, research, writing, major gift solicitation, events, and planning
  • Founding member of organization’s Diversity Committee

Campaign/Development Associate – Boston Children’s Museum – Boston, MA

  • Designed Museum’s first online giving pages, managed database, created analytical reports, researched giving prospects, coordinated both major and minor special events, served on three cross-divisional committees

Intern – The Octagon Center for the Arts – Ames, IA

  • Discovered my love for fundraising and nonprofits. Was able to be involved a little to a lot in nearly every aspect of operating a community arts center: installation of art exhibits, scheduling and teaching children’s community art classes, working in the gift shop, writing grants, communicating with members and donors, attending local business meetings with our Executive Director, etc.