I am a former fundraiser and nonprofit executive with 20 years of experience serving health, education, and social service organizations. During that time, I led development teams in securing resources for new programs, capital projects, and endowments at national and community-based organizations. I earned my Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2008 and my Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) designation in 2020.
As a fundraiser turned academic researcher, I prioritize applied philanthropic research that generates knowledge with direct and immediate implications for practice. My qualitative and mixed-methods work focuses on women’s charitable giving, philanthropic decision-making processes, message framing in charitable appeals, and the intersection of social identity and philanthropic behavior. My research has been published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Sector Marketing, Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Additionally, I have authored chapters in two books, Teaching Philanthropy and Achieving Excellence in Fundraising (5th edition). Articles on my co-authored research have appeared in Forbes and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
I have developed and taught academic and professional development courses in philanthropy and fundraising since 2013. My recently created curricula for new courses at The Fund Raising School at Indiana University translates philanthropic research into practical, applied knowledge for nonprofit practitioners and charitable advisors. Currently, I serve as an instructor for the CAP® designation at the American College of Financial Services. I received a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching from Indiana University in 2018 and was presented with a teaching award from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2019.
My memberships include the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), where I served as secretary of the Pracademics Section and co-founded the Message Strategy Common Interest Group. I was recognized with the ARNOVA Emerging Scholar Award in 2019.