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Past Projects

Berkeley Chess School

BCS is dedicated to improving academic performance and building self-esteem among San Francisco Bay Area children. Their academic enrichment programs reach 5,000 students annually in over 130 Bay Area schools. In partnership with Firehorse Nonprofit Development, I helped them create a new case statement, researched new sources of institutional funding, and facilitated the creation of a new annual fundraising plan.

Brava! for Women in the Arts

Brava! for Women in the Arts mission is to redefine the American stage through an aesthetic that focuses on theater by women and people of color, and to improve the quality of life in San Francisco's Mission District by providing cultural, social and economic opportunities for its residents, with a special emphasis on youth. I provided them with foundation and government grant writing services, including a successful $450,000/3-year city contract proposal.

Bread for the Journey

With 18 chapters across the country, Bread for the Journey teaches a simple practice of neighborhood philanthropy based on simplicity and relationships. I delivered a workshop entitled "The Sacred Activity of Fundraising" at their annual conference.

Compton's Cafeteria Riot 40th Anniversary Commemoration

Three years before the famous rioting at New York's Stonewall Inn, there was a similar riot in San Francisco at Gene Compton's Cafeteria. I led the 40th anniversary commemoration fundraising efforts, including developing, training and managing a team of community volunteer fundraisers. Other tasks included writing case statement and fundraising plan, supervising major donor solicitations, advising on house parties and other public events, coordinating publicity efforts securing international press coverage, and insuring timely gift processing and donor acknowledgements.

Development Executives Roundtable

Henry A. "Hank" Rosso, one of the early leaders in the fundraising field, founded Development Executives Roundtable (DER) in the late 1960's. DER builds thriving organizations and communities by helping nonprofit professionals teach the joy of giving, providing accessible training and peer support for Bay Area fundraisers at all stages of their careers. I'm grateful to have been on the board for 6 years, including 2 years as president.

The Diversity Center

The Center enhances the lives and promotes fairness for LGBTQ people in Santa Cruz County. I have trained their board on corporate solicitation techniques, and written major donor and general fund solicitation letters on their behalf.

Foundation for Youth Investment

Foundation for Youth Investment (FYI) develops and transforms underserved youth by investing in effective programs and creating strategic initiatives that connect kids to the great outdoors. Service provided included fundraising planning, foundation research, and executive coaching.

Gum Moon / Asian Women's Resource Center

Founded in 1868, Gum Moon/AWRC maintains safe and affordable transitional housing for Asian immigrant women, educational programs and family support services to low-income families. I assisted them in writing several institutional funding requests, including securing a new $450,000/3-year city contract.

Jewish Partisan Education Foundation

Most people have never heard of the 20,000-30,000 Jews who fought back against the Nazis as Jewish partisans. The Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation's mission is to empower Jewish youth of today to embrace their Jewish identity through teaching about these Jewish partisans. My services include grant management, and event planning and leadership development support.

The Last Dance: The Event That Changed Gay History

The film The Last Dance Raid will recount a pivotal night in American history when gay rights first gained a seat at the table of progressive politics. My services included business development and fundraising support.

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The LightHouse provides solutions for living with vision loss. I have provided coaching and professional development support to several of their staff members.

openhouse

Established in 1998, this San Francisco nonprofit is dedicated to creating and sustaining a senior residential community for LGBTQ seniors. After an executive leadership transition, I helped updated grant management systems, including bringing foundation and corporate prospect list up to date, clarifying program objectives and outcomes, and writing new funding proposals and letters of intent.

Pacific Graduate School of Psychology

Now part of the Palo Alto University, I provided start-up business and fundraising planning and consultation to the PGSP's Ph.D. program's Center for LGBT Evidence-based Applied Research (CLEAR), a new initiative designed to conduct research on diverse sexuality and gender expressions that have a direct impact on the lives of LGBTQ individuals, their families and communities.

Rebuilding Together San Francisco

Rebuilding Together San Francisco provides free home repair and renovation programs for low-income, elderly and disabled San Franciscans and for nonprofit and neighborhood facilities. I gave a fundraising solicitation training to their Board of Directors.

Rockwood Leadership Program

Rockwood Leadership Program is the nation's premiere nonprofit organization that promotes social change through leadership training and consulting to progressive nonprofits. I provided them with prospect research, grant writing and strategic consulting to strengthen and expand their relationships with foundations supporters, such as the Ford Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Arcus Foundation. In 2013, I worked with them more directly as their Director of Resource Development.

San Francisco LGBT Community Center

The Center provides San Francisco with a vast array of programs and services for LGBTQ people, their friends and families. I spent three years in the position of Development Director responsible for the development and management of all The Center's marketing, communications, and private and public fundraising programs for the annual operating budget. These include strategic planning, public relations, major gift programs, and corporate solicitations, including cause-related marketing programs, planned giving, direct response, telefunding, and sale of specialized products.

Sojourn Chaplaincy

Sojourn began in the 1970s as a chaplaincy program of the Diocese providing visits at San Francisco General Hospital to AIDS patients, their families and caregivers. Since then, Sojourn's volunteer network has expanded and they now visit over 11,000 patients, staff and loved ones at the hospital every year. Sojourn is also a professional internship training site for chaplaincy students. In June 2007, I designed and facilitated a 1/2-day Board training retreat, successfully creating their new annual fundraising plan. I now provide the agency with ongoing donor prospecting, as well as solicitation training and coaching support.

South Hayward Parish

SHP's mission is to engage people of faith in the endeavor and partnership of building and maintaining a just and nurturing community. Services include a community food shelf and emergency shelter housing. I was honored to facilitate a board retreat to build organizational sustainability.

StartOut

StartOut's mission is to inspire, educate, and support existing LGBT entrepreneurs, and fostering a new generation of business founders and CEOs. I provide strategic fundraising planning, institutional and individual campaign management, and executive coaching. One of my first tasks was developing the 2014 StartOut Awards sponsorship, table, and ticket sales campaign, which exceeded their fundraising goal by 150%.

Transgender Law Center

The Transgender Law Center is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities and gender non-conforming individuals. My services included Board development trainings, annual gala event coordination, and direct response fundraising consultation.

Under One Roof

Created in 1991, UOR raises unrestricted funds through social enterprises to support Bay Area HIV/AIDS service organizations and the LGBT community. I facilitated a board planning retreat to help them develop a new funding model during a period of organizational transformation.

USENIX

Since 1975 USENIX has been the nation's leading trade association for developers, researches and users of advanced computing systems. Services include continuing education and leadership development, networking and community building opportunities, and access to information and resources. I was contracted to help them update their donor communications, fundraising research and planning.

Youth ALIVE!

Youth ALIVE! is a nonprofit public health agency founded in 1991 dedicated to preventing youth violence and generating youth leadership in California communities. They work in urban areas that have been dubbed "murder central, ground zero or the killing fields" by youth who live there. I'm honored to have provided their board of directors with fundraising training and planning support, and to have also provide their staff public speaking training.