Engage P2P Keynote: Marty Coelho
“But that train, in some strange way, tossed me onto another track (sorry, I just had to say it). Not long after the incident, I found myself volunteering for a local nonprofit, and things just clicked. Little did I know then I would find myself on a 22-year path of volunteering and working for nonprofits.
“I ended up volunteering on local, state and national levels for the American Cancer Society. I held positions as the head of fundraising for a hospice, as an executive director for the American Red Cross and teaching business courses at Humboldt State University (eventually becoming its associate athletic director).
“To top it off, I became a member of the senior leadership team managing the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life — the largest fundraising activity in the world. For 15 years I oversaw Relay For Life’s marketing and communications team and helped build one of history’s largest social movements. Today I am part of a new team, expanding an even larger social movement, as a senior director of fundraising for Special Olympics International.
“So where has all this taken me? What was the meaning of it all? Well, it seems I have gained a fair bit of knowledge on how to build fundraising movements and have a unique understanding on what drives people to give their time and energy to help nonprofits achieve the remarkable.”