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Background

 

Did you know that most of your donors are only giving you about 20% of what they could be giving you if you gave them more attention?  Did you know that the majority of wills people leave to you are NOT from millionaires?  Did you know that some of the most effective direct mail campaigns may have goals to actually lose money for their organizations?  Why?  I've been engaged with nonprofits for several years now, and I want to help you and yours achieve success.  I want to do so through hard work, hope, and passion.

Here's How I Came to that Decision...

One of my favorite songs is This by Darius Rucker.  Indulge me as I launch my background with the chorus:

Every stoplight I didn’t make
Every chance I did or I didn’t take
All the nights I went too far
All the girls that broke my heart
All the doors that I had to close
All the things I knew but I didn’t know
Thank God for all I missed
’Cause it led me here to this!
— "This" by Darius Rucker

Such is true because I did not grow up in the easiest of times.  I grew up during trying times of my parents' divorce that has, to this day, segregated much of my family.  My mother at one point worked three jobs to support my three sisters and me.  Unfortunately, I was sometimes ridiculed for being the only student of Mexican descent at grade school.  Like my sisters, I worked as a janitor at my high school to help pay for tuition.

Things weren't necessarily easy, but I recognize that I was also blessed:

  • Blessed with the opportunity to pursue education through hard work;
  • Blessed with a loving mother and three sisters;
  • Blessed with the right to explore my own faith through religious education; and,
  • Blessed with access to clean water and food, even if it meant through food stamps.

I was blessed to learn and appreciate the values of hard work, hope, and passion.  This brought me to study theatre in college, release my own independent music album, and begin working with a great nonprofit organization:  the Midwest Augustinians.

But Why Nonprofits?

Working with the Augustinians, particularly with a re-developed "start from nearly scratch" fundraising office, brought me to realize something:  I love the nonprofit sector!  I love the philanthropic nature of my job.  I love the schools I attended for my education (all nonprofit).  I love the theaters I worked with (all small, nonprofits).  I love the many world-changing nonprofits I encounter daily.

This brought me to earn a master's degree in nonprofit management in Chicago, which brings me here today.

How Can I Help Your Organization?

I have no direct goal with this website other than to:

  • Share resources and information I've gathered to help improve others' efforts in the nonprofit sector;
  • Be a voice of advocacy for how philanthropy can provide a sustainable impact in the lives of others;
  • Promote the missions of some of my favorite nonprofit organizations; and,
  • Use the website as a platform to share my own personal journey through the "Accidentally in Love" blog.

While I strive to have a well-rounded knowledge base of many other disciplines, my strongest suits include online philanthropy, nonprofit board development and governance, marketing, and direct mail.  I believe that these, while not conclusive, are instrumental to the success of all types of nonprofit organizations in our society.

 
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Education


Education

Education


Education

 

Doctorate of Business Administration

California Southern University

2016 - 2020 (expected)

CalSouthern’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) provides a rich, advanced education for senior leadership roles. The DBA is designed to develop practical and highly specialized expertise to be applied to actual business challenges in our increasingly complex and technologically driven business world.


Graduate Certificate in Marketing Strategy

Cornell University

2015

Marketing strategy isn’t confined to your marketing team. By understanding how to align marketing strategies with business strategy, high-performing business leaders make better decisions about their products, services, customers, brand, and competition.

This seven-course online marketing certificate included MBA-level strategic marketing training one needs to make strong business decisions and set strategic direction for one's company, unit, department, or product line.


Master of Science in Nonprofit Management

Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership

2013 - 2015

Concentration in fundraising management including entrepreneurial and earned income, individual and institutional leadership, and grant-writing. Core curriculum focus on nonprofit executive leadership: finance, strategic planning, organizational development, governance, legal, program evaluation, ethics. Grade point average (GPA) of 4.04 on a 4.0 scale.


Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

Loyola University Chicago

2005 - 2009 

Selected for competitive and limited student-director position of Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West. Winner of Best Studio Actor Award for portrayal of “Murk” in Savage in Limbo. Developed inaugural Loyola Dionysia, a student-run festival of student-directed one-act plays written, rehearsed, and performed within 24 hours.

 

Certification


Certified Fund Raising Executive

Certification


Certified Fund Raising Executive

 

 

 

Certified Fund Raising Executive

CFRE International

Certified June 2016.  Valid through May 2019.

The Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential was first awarded in 1981.  In June 2013, the CFRE became the first globally-recognised credential for fundraising professionals.

Since 2001, CFRE International has existed as an independent nonprofit organisation.  We are dedicated to setting standards in philanthropy through a valid and reliable certification process for philanthropic fundraising professionals.

 

 
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Experience


Experience

Experience


Experience

 

Midwest Augustinians

2013 – Present: Associate Director for Communications

  • Awarded “Best Accountability/Annual Report” Lumen Award in 2013 from National Catholic Development Conference; management of quarterly newsletters
  • Marketing for launch of $3.5 million capital campaign
  • Coordinator of direct mail campaigns for both donor acquisition and retention
  • Awarded “Constant Contact All Star” Award in 2014 for consistently excellent email marketing
  • Social Media Management: Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, LinkedIn
  • Certified in Inbound Marketing (HubSpot) and Social Media Management (Hootsuite)
  • International travel to Canada, Peru, and Panama to represent organization

2012 - 2013: Advancement Associate

  • Launched inaugural gala to net proceeds of $130,000
  • Renovated website for organization, continued maintenance and content generation
  • Events management for donor recognition, stewardship, and cultivation
  • Appointed member of the Communications Commission for the Federation of Augustinians of North America

2010 – 2012: Missions Office Assistant

  • Coordinator of regional fundraising appeals across Midwest Catholic parishes
  • Administrator of CRM (Constituent Relationship Management) Software
  • Bookkeeper and accountant
 
 
 

16th Street Theater

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

2012 - Present

Elected Board President in October, 2012, six months after joining board of directors and chairing Fundraising Committee. The following year, the theater was named Best Emerging Theatre by the League of Chicago Theatres and Broadway in Chicago. Presently serving as Treasurer since elected in October, 2014. The theater strives to express the voices of all in the community and provides the most accessible professional ticket price in the State of Illinois.

 
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Got thoughts?  Got questions?  Please use the button below to reach out, and we can begin discussing.  I hope I might be able to help you and your organization grow to make a sustainable impact in the lives of others.