Vice President of Development,
The development team at Knox Area Rescue Ministries is responsible for raising $5 million in cash annually. According to Burt Rosen, president and CEO at KARM, the organization is able to do it in no small part because of the leadership of Angie Hatcher Sledge.
More than just the vice president of development, Angie's team members call her a spiritual development leader as well — an important element in a faith-based organization that includes Christian values in every aspect of its work.
"Angie has a way of grabbing people's hearts. What a special gift to have. When she goes out into the community to talk with donors, volunteers or those just interested in knowing more about KARM, she represents us well. She has a passion not only for this ministry, but for Christ as well. She strives daily to be the hands and feet of His kingdom," Rosen writes.
Angie's compassion leads her to strive to tell the story of the individual residents staying at KARM — a talent that the fundraising sector increasingly realizes is key to creating effective fundraising materials.
"She makes a point to meet them in the trenches, to talk to the person one on one to make sure that a true and accurate story will be told," Rosen writes, adding that among Angie's many leadership skills, she:
- instinctively puts herself in the place of the donor, communicating with each of them at his/her level using the most effective language;
- has the ability to fire fight the day-to-day opportunities while setting and managing strategic direction;
- empowers her team members to fully own their roles;
- goes beyond the call of duty.
For her strong leadership skills, her ability to fire up and empower her team for fundraising, and the fact that she lives the values she represents as part of the organization she works for, we agree that Angie should be honored as a Fundraising Star.
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