Faces of WID - February 2023

Name: Melany Duval, Chief Philanthropy Officer
Organization: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute & The Jimmy Fund
Hometown: Suburbs of Los Angeles
Lives Currently: Chestnut Hill/Newton
Education: Loyola Marymount University
Hobbies: Photography, swimming, yoga, hiking, and travel


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Pulse of Fundraising - January 2023

Early EOY Giving Results

As we kick off the new year, fundraisers around the country are reviewing their end of year results and evaluating where there was success – and where there are opportunities for growth.  Data shows that most nonprofits, although seeing a slight increase in revenue, are noticing a drop in donor retention.  These articles delve deeper into this idea of “dollars up, donors down” and encourage nonprofits to consider how to innovate in order to retain – or win back – their donor base.


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Faces of WID - January 2023

Name: Patricia D. Keenan
Title & Organization: Vice President of Advancement, Community and Equity, Ellis Early Learning
WID Role: Current WID Member, former WID Board member
Hometown: Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Lives Currently: Sharon, Massachusetts  
Education: BA in Urban Studies from the College of the Holy Cross
Hobbies: Sharing movies and books with family and friends, spending time with our grandchild, walking in the woods, traveling anywhere and everywhere

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Movers and Shakers January 2023

Ruth Maffa formerly  Senior Regional Development Director at Brandeis University now  Executive Director of Development at Brandeis University
Kimberly Thomas formerly  Operations Manager at the Jeremiah Program, now  HKS Fund and Alumni Relations Coordinator at Harvard Kennedy School.

Amil Amin, Reach Out and Read
Kristina Capano, Boston University
Angela Cavallo, Horizons, Dedham Country Day School
Tara Goodman, Harvard University
Anne Gotfredson, Harvard Medical School
Kerry Keohane, St. Francis House
Kristin, Macek, Action, Inc.
Sarah Shakeri, Boston Center for the Arts
Katheryn Shanahan, The Allo Hope Foundation
Kelsey Tabela-BaxterBoys and Girls Clubs of Metro South
John Zamagni, Mount Auburn Cemetary

Pulse of Fundraising - December 2022

Developing a Case for Support

A case for support is a key document for any nonprofit - a straightforward, engaging, and inspiring way to communicate the most important aspects of your work with your donors, trustees, employees, and funders. Whether it is developed for a specific campaign or to support an annual fund, a case for support helps to communicate your mission, vision, values, and goals. If you are ready to jump in to write (or perhaps update) a case for support, here are some resources to get you started.

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Movers and Shakers December 2022

Congratulations to our member who recently changed positions:
Raeann Whalen, formerly Chief Operating Officer, Housing Families, Inc, now Special Projects Director, Action for Boston Community Development
Anuradha Desai, EdVestors, Inc
Madison Kelleher, Cristo Rey Boston High School
Abigail Norman, Eliot School of Applied and Fine Arts
Louisa Pena Lyons, Bridge Forward Fund
Haley Rodgers, Plummer Youth Promise

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Faces of WID - December 2022

Women with straight blonde hair is wearing a cable knit gray sweater while looking directly at the viewer. Name:  Elizabeth Fitzsimons
Title & Organization: Associate Director of Advancement, The Pike School
WID Role: WIDGB member; Marketing and Communications Committee member
Hometown: Swarthmore, PA
Lives Currently: North Andover, MA
Education: Wellesley College
Hobbies: Hiking, paddling, reading, cooking

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Program Recap: 2022 Fall Kick Off Breakfast

More than 250 people gathered in-person for WID’s 2022 Fall Breakfast Kick-off held on Thursday, November 3, at the Westin Copley Place. Fundraising professionals from Boston and beyond caught up with peers across the industry and make new connections during a lively networking session before settling in for an engaging and insightful talk from guest speaker Dr. Makeeba McCreary, president of the New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund (NCF).

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Faces of WID - November 2022

Name: Alison LeBlanc
Title & Organization: Executive Director, Child Health Equity Center, UMass Memorial Health
WID Role: Member, Board of Directors; Co-Chair, DEI Committee
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Lives Currently: Boston, Massachusetts  
Education: BA in Sociology and English from Wesleyan University; MS in Communications from SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University
Hobbies: Kayaking and hanging with my dog, Dash

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Pulse of Fundraising - November 2022

How much of an impact will inflation make on nonprofits this year?
As we look to end-of-year giving as a critically important time for philanthropic gifts, nonprofits everywhere are gauging how inflation will impact the bottom line. Although only time will tell whether the current state of the economy will translate to fewer donations raised, organizations and their leaders are looking at clues from the past to help understand what to expect when they close out this calendar year. Each of these articles gives different perspectives, insights and suggestions on how best to navigate the remaining few weeks of 2022. 

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Pulse of Fundraising - October 2022

Using Industry Reports to Guide Philanthropy Strategy
Industry reports can inform our fundraising strategy as we go in to a new year by providing a compiled and analyzed industry research that give a snapshot of the current state of philanthropy. This year’s reports assess the “new normal” for philanthropy after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, showing us which philanthropic trends have endured and those new trends nonprofit trends fundraisers will want to track. These 2022 reports give special focus to gift planning, grant distribution, and new digital fundraising trends.


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Movers and Shakers November 2022

Molly Akin, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Sara Demeter, ARCK
Ellen Doonan, Kingsley Montessori School
Alissa Duffey, Mass General Brigham
Maureen Flores, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Kate Friedman, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
Alison Gray, Pear Associates
Jessica Halton, Berklee School of Music
Fiona Hannafin, Stone House
Jacqueline Helle, Boston Medical Center
Kathy Howrigan, Kathy Howrigan Consulting
Sheila Hruby, Cape Ann Museum
Kristen Lynch, International OCD Foundation
Katie Misuraca, Cape Ann Museum
Leah Mulrenan, SCI Social Capital Inc.
Jennifer Palan, Bloomerang
Michelle Prange, Forth
Meredith Quinn
Sara Zastoupil, Mechanics Hall

Program Recap - Then & Now in Development Hiring: Emerging trends in hiring for a more inclusive future

“The only constant in life is change.” This adage feels truer now than ever­—particularly in the professional world, where our work lives are largely unrecognizable from just three years ago, and movements like the Great Resignation and Quiet Quitting dominate headlines.

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Faces of WID - October 2022

Name: Raeann Whalen
Title & Organization: Chief Operating Officer (previously Director of Development) | Housing Families Inc. in Malden, MA
WID Role: Programs Committee Member
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Lives Currently: Burlington, MA
Education: BS Business Administration – Providence College in Providence, RI (GO FRIARS!)
Hobbies/Interests: Enjoying quality time with family and friends by cooking and hosting gatherings.


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Movers and Shakers October 2022

Liza Brantley, UAspire
Sarah Chaffee, Merrrimack College

Becky Crawford, Pine Street Inn
Julia Del Muro, Massachusetts General Hospital
Jaclyn Dentino, Emmanuel Music
Amanda Fisher, Simmons University
Angela Johnson, Wentworth Institute of Technology
Keiosha Kennedy, Union of Concerned Scientists
Emma Kenney, The Carroll Center for the Blind
Nancy Kilburn, Massachusetts General Hospital
Olivia Lehman, Boston Women's Fund
Carissa Milliman, Upper Saco Valley Land Trust
Angela Phinney, Bikes Not Bombs
Kirsten Walley, CCS Fundraising
Alanna Woodlock, Project Bread

Pulse of Fundraising - September 2022

Year-End Fundraising Strategies: Are you, like many other development professionals, wondering why it is hard to meet your forecasted targets? With the exponential rise of costs in goods, services and travel, does it leave our benevolent donors with less to give? As we inch closer to fall, here are some fundamentals for year-end appeal story-telling and the importance of developing deeper relationships with donors through volunteerism. 

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Faces of WID - September 2022

Name:  Caitlyn Burke, CFRE
Title & Organization: Associate Director of Donor Engagement, Brookline Community Foundation
WID Role: Member
Hometown:  Shrewsbury, MA
Lives Currently: Quincy, MA
Education: BA History and English- Saint Michael’s College, MBA in Nonprofit Management- Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, Certificate in Social Impact Management and Leadership-Institute for Nonprofit Practice, in affiliation with Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life
Hobbies: Running, reading, traveling, knitting

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Movers and Shakers September 2022

Congratulations to our members who've recently changed positions:
Nicole Beede,
formerly Development Associate, Disability Policy Consortium, now, Development Specialist, Jewish Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Boston

Lindsey Cimochowski, formerly Director of Operations and Management, Development and Alumni Relations, Harvard Graduate School of Design, now Managing Director, Administration and Finance, Alumni Affairs & Development, Harvard University
Welcome to our newest members:
Bethany Blake,
Harborlight Community Partners
Amy Burke,
Wellesley College
Amy Carrier,
Boston College
Minori Cohan,
City Mission Boston
Tori Costa, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts
Molly Eberle,
Thoreau Farm Trust
Joanna Furgiuele,
Dawn Gula,
Wheaton College
Irene Hammer McLaughlin, Emory Healthcare
Chayda Harding,
Boston Center for the Arts
Gloria Hersom,
Tufts University
Nancy Kilburn, Massachusetts General Hospital

Betsy Marantz,
Temple Isaiah
Alyssa Mazzarella,
YouthBuild USA
Grace McDonald,
Youth Villages
Makeysha Montgomery,
Emmanuel Music
Eileen Pollack,
May Institute
Ceejay Powell Francis,
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Ariana Sweany, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Diara Torres,
Custom House Maritime Museum
Katherine Wallace, Health Equity International

Faces of WID - Summer 2022

Head shot of Erica Lawless

Name: Erica Leung Lawless
Title & Organization: Associate Director of Development, Major Gifts | Harvard University
WID Role: Programs Committee Co-Chair, Scholarship Task Force member
Hometown: Trenton, TN (originally from Hong Kong)
Lives Currently: Brookline, MA (soon to be Holly Springs, NC)
Education: BS in Piano Performance - Lee University, MS in Arts Administration & Graduate Fundraising Certificate - Boston University
Hobbies/Interests: Baking, reading, going to museums, traveling, organizing data, and being a dog mom

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Pulse of Fundraising - Summer 2022

We all need it, but, despite our best intentions, don’t always get it: truly, completely unplugged time away from work. Whether it’s an unmovable deadline, colleagues who ignore our OOO message, or the undeniably strong urge to take just a quick peek at our work email, it’s hard to disconnect. With summer now in full swing, we’ve compiled a few articles about how to better unplug and unwind—and why it’s so important.

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