My Personal Pathway
After working briefly as an attorney, and then in legal publishing, I decided a better way (for me) to help people was through philanthropy. What followed was a 30-year career as a frontline leader helping raise millions of dollars. Having overseen staff of 20+ professionals for such organizations as San Francisco Food Bank, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and California School of Professional Psychology, I was honored as “Outstanding Fundraising Professional of the Year” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
In 2011 I decided to found my own fundraising training and coaching business to serve as a resource on philanthropy for organizations, a thought partner to executive directors and boards, and a mentor to wannabe and current development (fundraising and communications) staff. I also operate Clairification as my own mini online fundraising “school.” It’s just the type of school I’d want to attend, and I hope you will too.
Every week I offer helpful, in-depth articles – theory, practice, tools and tips. Each one’s content is the equivalent of an online webinar or conference course. But it won’t take up an hour of your time and you can access the material at your convenience. Plus, “tuition” is almost free. Your annual $100 fee covers a full year of “school.”
I also continue to teach the CFRE course that certifies professional fundraisers, and contribute regularly to online publishers NonprofitPro, Guidestar and Maximize Social Business. I am a featured expert for Bloomerang, Network for Good and TopNonprofits/ThirdSectorToday, among others.
My blog was named “Top Fundraising Blog” by Fundraising Success. A member of the California State Bar, alumna of The Fundraising School, Conrad Teitell Intensive Planned Giving Program and Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Executive Leadership Institute, and a graduate with honors from Princeton University, I currently reside in San Francisco, California.