Reach for the Stars: The 2014 Fundraising Professionals of the Year Awards Winners
Buchs joined the staff of Calvary Women's Services as a grant writer in the summer of 2012 when the organization was in the last year of a three-year capital campaign. It had raised much of the campaign funds from individual donors rather than foundations or other institutions and was struggling overall when it came to securing foundation support.
Buchs jumped right in, educating herself on the organization's mission and reaching out to a wide variety of current, lapsed and prospective funders, and building relationships with new potential funders. From small family foundations to major corporations, Buchs reached out to organizations that seemed likely to invest in Calvary's work and helped them find ways to connect that would be meaningful to both parties.
"She was not afraid to take risks but also would not waste time — hers or anyone else's — chasing after funders who are not a good match. The positive impact was immediate," Laing says, adding that six months after Buchs started her work with Calvary, the organization was awarded a $230,000 grant, the largest in its history, to close the gap on the renovation of its new building.
Buchs has many other financial accomplishments, but she also is being honored for her strong commitment, positive attitude and gracious spirit.
"The contributions Lisa has made to Calvary Women's Services in the last year and a half are incredible," Laing says. "From raising funds to close the gap on a capital campaign to creating activities to strengthen the staff team, she has demonstrated tireless passion, extraordinary commitment and exemplary professionalism. She embodies the best of nonprofit professionals, and she has a magnificent career ahead of her."
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Niya Kight is another up-and-comer whose success is rooted firmly in the foundations of fundraising, as well as an overall positive attitude and eagerness to learn.