Among his noteworthy accomplishments are launching the Senior Class Gift Campaign; administering an individual-giving program that raised more than $500,000 annually; and taking the helm of planning, coordinating and executing a variety of annual special events.
From there, Daniel went on to join the development team of International House, where he designed and built a comprehensive stewardship program, creating solicitation strategies to help meet — and exceed — a $2 million, multiyear challenge grant. Daniel exhibits a deep understanding of the importance of stewardship and has a commitment to rallying fundraisers around it. In addition to his own example, he authors a well-received and informative blog, The Good Steward.
Faithful stewardship of donor dollars is key to any fundraising program — and to fundraising and philanthropy as a whole. A new fundraiser who recognizes this, practices it and is committed to sharing it with fellow fundraisers is, indeed, a Rising Star in the sector.
Manager of Individual Giving,
As manager of individual giving at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Brittany Lavalleur's body of work over the past year is impressive. From a strictly fundraising perspective, she exceeded the telefundraising goals for the orchestra for the 2011 fiscal year, as well as exceeded goals for several direct-mail campaigns. She has successfully managed her portfolio of 75 donors, including an upgrade of three donors to the orchestra's Amadeus Circle, a special group of high-level donors; 23 increases in individual giving from the 2010 fiscal year; and a return to the fold of eight lapsed donors.
But Christina Sorgi, former coordinator of education and community engagement for the orchestra, nominated Brittany for much more than her fundraising successes. She points to Brittany's desire and ability to form personal relationships with donors, board members, foundation members and staff alike as a key trait that should serve her well throughout her career. "Donors smile and call out her name to go say hello when they see her at concerts on the weekends, and I know that many of them look forward to receiving her phone calls. She brings a joy with her to her work that is appreciated by everyone she comes in contact with," Sorgi writes.
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