Reach for the Stars!
Vice president of marketing
“During this past year, Frank initiated, planned and led our stewardship team to achieve a 91 percent increase in undesignated revenue (from $1.4 million to almost $2.7 million), increasing undesignated funding from 18 percent of total revenues to 35 percent,” writes nominator Bruce Smith, president and CEO of Bible translation partner Wycliffe Associates. “Increasing undesignated funding is always challenging for any fundraising professional. Increasing this amount in an organization that is 40 years old, during his seventh year as VP of marketing, while simultaneously completing his earned Ph.D. in marketing, demonstrates tremendous team leadership, strategic focus and tactical implementation. Plus, he’s a great guy to work with!”
Vice president of development
Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties
Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties started the 2006/2007 fiscal year needing $700,000 by March 31, 2007, to secure a $600,000 Kresge challenge grant and complete its $11.5 million capital campaign. Just to make things more interesting, the affiliate raised its annual fund goal from $1.2 million to $1.31 million.
“While we had an amazing group of volunteers working on our capital campaign, a steady and loyal development committee, some exceptional board members, and a polished and professional development department, sometimes they act like cats — all heading off in their own direction, doing whatever it is they want, whenever they please,” writes nominator Lynda Frank, manager of annual giving programs. “Only a very rare person, like Sherry, can herd cats.”
In the end, the organization met the Kresge challenge, raised $55,000 more than the $11.5 million campaign goal, raised $226,502 more than the $1.31 million annual fund goal, and added $213,109 to its endowment.
Mid-Atlantic zone director
Jewish National Fund