For more than 20 years, she was a fundraiser and copywriter for nonprofits and achieved the status of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). At the time she certified, there were fewer than 5,000 CFREs in North America. She also sat on the boards of a humane society and a national historical trails association and reviewed grants as an advisory board member for a homelessness trust fund.
She has experience in all aspects of nonprofit fund development, management, marketing and administration. Her experience includes working for a high-tech business incubator, cultural institutions, social service agencies and a philanthropic foundation in the Midwest.
She has written an ebook about writing foundation grants and written numerous articles and blog posts about fundraising, managing volunteers and special events.