In 2015, I embarked on an exciting (and scary) adventure, guiding NFP organizations on how to successfully secure philanthropic investors. Very quickly, I learned that these organizations needed guidance on governance, as well as advancement (development, marketing, and communications). My services expanded to include consultative support in board governance, strategic planning, and all aspects of philanthropy.
You might be thinking, what kind of experience do I have in providing this type of support. This is totally valid, and 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 also worked for tiny organizations, medium-sized organizations, as well as the larger, higher educational institutions.
Working for NFP organizations is a true act of service and it takes a lot of energy and emotional strength. I want to use this blog to share my real-life experiences, as well as voice my thoughts, frustrations, and challenges. Honestly, I see this blog providing me with some therapeutic relief.
If you’re looking for a blog that is grammatically correct and doesn’t contain spelling errors, don’t even bother reading this blog. I guarantee my posts will contain many errors. Rather than focusing on perfection, I’ll be writing my posts as if I’m sitting down with close friends and having a candid conversation. I know that this style isn’t for everyone.