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About Meg

I have a BA in Spanish from Providence College and recently completed my MS in Nonprofit Management with a concentration in Human Services from Northeastern University.  I am a born and bred New Englander, living in Massachusetts for almost my whole life, minus college in Rhode Island and staying there for an extra year.

Some of my other interests include: live music, animal shelters, volunteering, traveling, spending time with friends and family, good books, poetry, learning, and laughter.

 

Background in nonprofits

I was involved in nonprofits before I even understood what they were. I did a lot of volunteering when I was young, through a Girl Scout troop activities to soup kitchen activities coordinated by my high school to being a team leader for Relay For Life in college.

During the summer after my sophomore year of college, I participated in a service-learning program and spent a month in Ecuador. For the volunteer component, I was placed at a school for street children and experienced extreme poverty I had only previously seen on TV. This was literally a life-changing experience for me, and something I still constantly think about regularly. I will also attribute it to my “eureka!” moment when I decided I want to save the world.  Thus, my passion for nonprofits, their missions, and their clients began.

 

Background in fundraising

When applying for jobs during my senior year of college, I wanted anything that helped people and would let me use my Spanish. I was hired at the notable microfinance organization ACCION International. My plan was to get my foot through the door and work my way up so I could become a program officer at one of their Latin America programs. I started doing part-time office management/front desk work and part-time for the Resource Development department. I was primarily responsible for data integrity in Raiser’s Edge but assisted with other projects and assignments in the department for about 10 months. Seeking more interaction with clients, and the realization I did not want to move so far from my family, I got a new job after two years at ACCION as a Case Manager in the scattered site family shelter program at Heading Home.

For the first year-and-a-half I was at Heading Home, I was also completing my MS program. We took several classes in fundraising, and it reignited the excitement I found while helping out the department at ACCION. I especially enjoyed the grant writing class. I love creative writing and I love nonprofits, so grant writing seemed the best way to combine the two. Thus began my job hunt to get myself back into fundraising. I am currently at a human services agency, wearing many hats in the Development department. Our department is in transition, as a new Director of Development just started, and the organization itself is in transition as the current President & CEO retires at the end of this fiscal year.

I am excited to see where this organization and my new-found love for fundraising will take me! Hence, I created this blog. I hope you all will continue reading as I continue learning about the wonderful world of fundraising.

 

Membership

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