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About Me

 I (Charmaine Samaraweera Torma) have dedicated my professional and personal life to promoting diversity, inclusion, equity, and access for ALL individuals. I’m a highly dedicated not-for-profit (NFP) specialist with over 20 years of experience working with organizations of all types, sizes, and operating budgets. My focus is to creatively help NFPs Get It Together.

In 2015, I embarked on an exciting (and scary) adventure, guiding organizations on how to Get It Together for their respective NFP. I’ve provided consultative support in board governance, strategic planning, and all aspects of philanthropy. Prior to consulting, I served as the Vice President of College Relations at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana while also serving as an adjunct development consultant for Catholic School Management, a firm providing comprehensive services in all areas of Catholic school life and operation (because a happy life is a busy one).

I’m an educator at heart, but sorely missed being a frontline philanthropic officer. In March 2020, I accepted a development position at SMASH, a national NFP providing an intensive and holistic STEM education to underserved high school and college students. Now, I’m able to demonstrate to NFP professionals that what I’m advising them to do, actually works. AND, when I try something and it doesn’t work, I can use my failures as a learning moment to bring about future successes (for myself and for other NFP professionals). 

My hope is that this blog will cut through the BS to help your NFP to Get It Together. I will share my real-life experiences as a frontline Development professional. My posts will provide you with insights and resources on the many ways your NFP can Get It Together. Plus, I will share my frustrations and challenges and look to you, my Charitable Training Community to help me as I work to secure philanthropic income for my #NFP. 

If you’re looking for a blog that is grammatically correct and doesn’t contain spelling errors, don’t even bother looking at my blog. I guarantee my posts will contain many, many errors. You see, rather than focusing on perfection, I’m writing my posts as if I was sitting down with close friends and having a candid conversation. I know that this style isn’t for everyone and I won’t be hurt if you decide NOT to bookmark my blog. However, if you’re looking for a more informal blog, this might be of interest to you.

I hope you will be a part of my charitable training community. Let’s help each other Get It Together for the good of our NFP.