Cohn outlines Ben's many accomplishments, including doing away with expensive, time-consuming special events in favor of more one-on-one meetings with donors; producing the organization's first useful database; creating its first multichannel year-end campaign; orchestrating an $18,000 increase in a prior donor's contributions; and soliciting $15,000 from a new partner.
But what we like best about this nomination is that Ben found a way to get NCSY staff members, volunteers and even constituents to become active parts of the organization's fundraising — without requiring them to ask for a dime.
"For an organization of individuals who recoiled at the thought of fundraising," he says, "[Ben has helped] us become as passionate about raising the funds we need as we are about investing them."
Denni Hill Peebles
director of development and donor relations
Centers for Exceptional Children (North Carolina)
Stepping out of a legal career and into development at the Centers for Exceptional Children, Denni Hill Peebles has racked up a list of accomplishments in three short years that many more seasoned fundraisers would be proud to put on their curriculum vitaes.
In year one, she created the organization's first annual campaign, raising more than $40,000 for annual operating support and at least $200,000 for the endowment. She raised $38,000 in grants and more than tripled the organization's donor database. She also raised $94,000 in net proceeds from the first-ever Children's Center gala and found new ways to engage volunteers.
In year two, she guided the newly established Friends of the Children's Center and the annual fundraising campaign to $125,000. She created unexpected revenue through a Charity Bridge Tournament and helped with the successful merger of the Children's Center and the Special Children's School.
Now in her third year, Denni is uncovering new sources of support on a regular basis.