I’m a Ph.D. candidate, instructor, and former fundraising executive studying nonprofit sector theory and practice with an emphasis on issues related to fundraising and philanthropic behavior. As a scholar of the nonprofit sector, I aim to help fundraisers be more effective, and donors feel better understood.

My research and teaching are informed by my 17 years of experience in nonprofit resource development and communications. From designing comprehensive development plans to securing seven-figure gifts and grants, I’ve helped health and social service nonprofits expand resources for programs, annual operating support, capital campaigns, and endowments.

The projects I’m currently working on focus on message framing in nonprofit communications, the fundraising profession, nonprofit pedagogy, and the intersections of identity and philanthropic decision making.

Latest Updates

  • September 2019: I’ve been working with Aya Okada (Associate Professor, Tohoku University Japan) to launch a new ARNOVA common interest group in nonprofit message strategy.  The first meeting will be at the 2019 ARNOVA conference in San Diego on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 5:30.  So far 12 nonprofit communication scholars have told us they’ll attend. Join us! 
  • August 2019: Thrilled to announce that I’ve been selected to receive an Emerging Scholar Award at ARNOVA 2019!
  • July 2019: The 2019-2020 schedule for The Fund Raising School is out! Looking forward to teaching Principles and Techniques of Fundraising with Tim Seiler.