About Jump Start Growth

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I was raised in Oakland, California (except for 2 years in Izmir, Turkey when I was 11 and 12). My family were religious pacifists of the Quaker persuasion. We attended peace rallies the way many families attend baseball games. I determined early that I wanted to be a poet, and attended Sarah Lawrence College to immerse myself in creative and performing arts.

After two years of college I decided to bicycle across the country on a peace mission. With five friends, I zigzagged across the continent for eight months, San Francisco to Washington., talking in classrooms, church social halls, and peace centers about disarmament.

When the adventure was over, I settled at Scattergood Friends School in West Branch, Iowa. The school gave me far more responsibility than a 24 year old has any right to, as Director of Development. Four years later, with a successful (small) capital campaign under my belt and a love of major gifts fund raising, I took a job running the development program and creating a successful $4 million capital campaign at Pendle Hill Quaker Study Center outside of Philadelphia.

When I left Pendle Hill after five years, I moved to Washington DC, where The Wilderness Society employed me for five years, building relationships with donors in the Mid-west who gave $1K+. My successes in that job included a $1 million solicitation. At the Maryland affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union I managed the Maryland component of a nation-wide $120 million campaign.

I launched Jump Start Growth, Inc. in December, 2008, because I wanted to share the most sophisticated techniques of major gifts fund raising with organizations outside of the philanthropic mainstream. I am a peer reviewer for the Catalog of Philanthropy. I have lead workshops that have garnered top evaluations at the Center for Non Profit Advancement, Partners for Sacred Places, The Social Action and Leaderships School for Activists, the Foundation Center, Maryland Non Profits, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Maryland and Western MD chapters), the Nonprofit Finance Fund, and the George Washington University Museum Studies program.

In addition to my own monthly newsletter, I have had essays published in Contributions Magazine and on the Asking Matters blog.

My religious community is the Adelphi Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. My BA (English) is from the University of Maryland.