"We are extremely proud of her for spearheading WITNESS' 2009 Spring Drive," writes Su Patel, the organization's communications and outreach manager. "She created a multichannel campaign using social media, personalized video pages, the WITNESS Web site and letter writing to raise funds from existing and new donors by tapping into each individual's personal network of supporters and friends."
The campaign exceeded its goal, raising $74,533 from 345 donors in a little more than six weeks.
"[Miyoko is] diligent, detail-oriented and dependable," Su writes. "But what sets her apart from her peers is that she is incredibly energetic, collaborative, creative and a team player. She can maintain her humor and composure in the most stressful and trying of situations.
"If this is what Miyoko has accomplished after entering the profession straight out of college, I can only imagine what the next five or 10 years holds for her," Su adds. "She takes every opportunity she can to avail herself of professional development programs to learn new fundraising skills. We at WITNESS feel incredibly lucky to have such fresh thinking and energy in our midsts."
Christina Johns (slideshow photo 5)
senior manager of DRTV and social networking
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
Christina Johns came onto FS' radar last year when she pitched an idea to write about social networking in regard to nonprofit organizations. We were impressed with how comfortable she was with a subject that was so new to the sector and one that was causing all kinds of angst among even the most daring fundraising pros. She has an impressive and easy grasp of (and genuine passion for) the social- networking milieu — its possibilities, its limitations and the strategies needed to make it work.
"Christina has single-handedly created and established our social-media presence," writes IFCJ Director of Donor Services Joseph Dominguez, adding that the organization has more than 20,000 supporters across social-media platforms such as MySpace, Facebook and Twitter — more than double the number from this time last year.