I show fundraisers and nonprofits profitable action steps for building deep donor relationships and help your organization go from reactive to proactive fundraising.
Here’s my official bio:
I’m an international fundraising and education expert and CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) who’s been featured on SOFII (UK), AFP Global (USA), Fundraiser Magazin (Germany), and The Charity Report’s 2020 List of Exceptional Women (Canada). I help non-profits worldwide build deep relationships with donors. Through my work with several small and large NGOs spanning North America and Europe (including biggies like Doctors without Borders and the American Red Cross) I’ve seen firsthand that transactional donor relations are unsustainable and that helping supporters get inspired by aligning their values and dreams with a non-profit’s mission is pure magic for getting donors to love you, advocate for your mission, and happily give you transformational gifts.
I’m a highly trained major gift officer, whose worked in North America and in Europe and who doesn’t believe in gift levels (ask me about this). Experienced in analysis, strategy, and capacity-building through my PhD in Critical Theory and Postcolonial Literature, I’m the creator and curator of the Relationships Are Everything Summit – the global fundraising summit for relationship fundraisers – and a committee member of both the Swiss and the US fundraising association, SwissFundraising and AFPGlobal respectively. As a multi-passionate entrepreneur, my biggest passion is changing the world through the social good sector. Through my studies with both Dr. Adrian Sargeant and Dr. Jen Shang, I have a diploma in fundraising and a certificate in philanthropic psychology with distinction, which makes me one of few individuals trained in identity-based fundraising aka donor-centricity 3.0.
I am a native speaker of:
What others say about working with me:
“I have found Julie to be a passionate fundraiser who is well connected and always up to date when it comes to developments in the fundraising world. Julie puts the donor at the heart of her work and is definitely a good sparring partner if you want to develop your fundraising program.”
– Rahel Christen, Senior Fundraising Manager Foundations and Major Giving, Pro Juventute, Switzerland
“In our collaboration, Julie was honest and seeking my thought-leadership. She was open to alternative approaches to sharing information. In my case it was the use of narrative as a teaching tool. And she was a real person, kind and open. I’d absolutely recommend working with her! She cultivates spaces of openness and safety, which help us create belonging environments. She sees herself as an active participant in the pursuit of justice. She is not a by-stander. I love that she prioritizes the relationship, which speaks to the interdependence we need to have in order to affect change. Julie is my sister in this struggle for freedom! Muah”
– Nneka Allen, Owner Empathy Agency, Canada
“Julie is a proven fundraising specialist and brings many years of experience from her engagements in the USA, Germany, and Switzerland. Her international background is a huge asset and she makes it relevant to the realities of Swiss organizations. I very much enjoy working with her . She understands the concerns of NPOs quickly and implements them conceptually, she is emphatic and warm – and above all I can always have a good laugh with her. I can highly recommend her as a fundraising consultant!”
– Valentine Vogel, Fundraising Expert at valentinevogel.com, Switzerland
I’m also honored to be a quote giver to friends. This one was for Ken :)))