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Nonprofit fundraising is my thing. I run to it like firefighters run into burning buildings -- when others fear it, I look forward to it!

I began my career securing 8(a) minority status for government contract-seeking technology firms, and helped land multi-million dollar contracts with the Department of Education and the Department of Defense. More than 22 years ago, I transitioned to the nonprofit arena as a front-line fundraiser. My expertise in board development, strategic visioning, capital campaigns and major gift solicitation, as well as event planning and management and grant writing is coupled with an unwavering enthusiasm for what I do and what I know to be possible.

The organizations I work with thrive under my leadership advice and coaching, resulting in strong, effective, and collaborative development departments and Boards. In addition to my work, I volunteer extensively. and have served on more than a dozen benefit committees for multi-million dollar fundraising events. I helped author and sign into law, a teen suicide prevention bill in 2005, and I continue to advocate for suicide prevention and other causes because I believe strongly that we can all do our part to make the world a better place.

Enough about me! Let's hear about YOU! Reach out and let me know about your passions and purpose:


The GreenKite Team
Dynamic * Caring * Creative * Optimistic

Jennifer Brunner, MBA
Leslie Pardue
Annette Rauh

Social Media Guru and Strategic

Campaign Advisor

Grant Writer & Copy Editor

Operations and R&D

"Jen is a creative thinker and fearless in learning new things. She is able to amplify clients' online brand to reach new audiences and raise new funds."

Jennifer: As a seasoned marketing strategist, I have worked across multiple disciplines in a variety of industries, from home building to theme parks to higher education. This broad range of experiences enables her to uncover hidden resources that when tapped, lead to better outcomes for clients. I'm a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success as well as the greater Springfield, Ohio, AFP.

I am currently All But Dissertation for a DBA in Leadership Studies.

I champion integrated teams of fundraising and marketing professionals and believe that nonprofit who do not adopt this framework will fall short of their potential. My goal is simple—to create tailored-fit strategies for nonprofit clients using fundraising and marketing strategies that propel them to their next level of success.

I am a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Chapter Coordinator for the Greater Springfield Association of Fundraising Professionals, and currently All But Dissertation for a doctorate in Leadership Studies.

Leslie is by far the most detail-oriented and deadline conscientious grant writer whom I have ever had the opportunity to work with.  I trust her deeply and appreciate her role on our team. 

Leslie: I have extensive experience as a grant writer and have written successful proposals for a wide variety of organizations, including nonprofits working in the areas of human services, senior care, the arts, environment, animal welfare, health care, mental health, and workforce development.  I've written hundreds of published articles on a wide variety of topics, most notably environmental and animal protection issues. I was the News Editor for The Animals’ Agenda Magazine and was a Co-Founder and Contributing Writer to E: The Environmental Magazine. 

I've worked for several nonprofits and small businesses, including The Omega Institute, Capital Area Soccer League, Ceres Press, Sugar Hill Records, and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue,. I spent many years with Duke University, where I served on the school’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and its Staff Sustainability Committee. I've been an active volunteer for animal rescue groups, environmental causes, and hunger prevention organizations.

"Annette possesses the knowledge and intuition that every organization should have on its team! Organized, intelligent, and thoughtful, she thinks five steps ahead of every project."  

Annette: I am a skilled nonprofit development professional with over 10 years of experience working for mental health nonprofit organizations. 

Born in Germany, I hold a business degree from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany). My upbringing has infused me with a strong commitment to the value of citizen engagement in the pursuit of social justice. In addition to German, I am fluent in English, have reading knowledge of French, and am learning Spanish.


I have lived for the past 29 years in the Greater Washington DC area, where my husband works for an international organization.

I love the diversity of clients served by GreenKite Fundraising and I am excited to work with such meaningful and impactful missions. I am also excited to work with Heidi Webb again (we worked together for many years and even completed a capital campaign together for a major purchase and relations project). 

Jenessa McElrath

Fundraising Support Specialist

"Jenessa jumps way outside of the box in her critical thinking, is organized, personable and patient."

Jenessa:  I am an emerging fundraising professional, excited about serving nonprofit organizations across the country. I have fundraising experience in healthcare, university, human services and community foundation settings.

I hold a B.A. in Public Health and Business Administration from Carroll College and a Master of Health Administration from the University of Washington.


Time spent living abroad gives me an appreciation for working with multicultural teams and supporting global endeavors. Graduate studies in healthcare management and follow up work supporting executive leaders contributed to building the skills needed to manage complex projects aligned with strategic goals.


Personally, I enjoy running, spending time with family and shopping locally. I’m a member of the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties, Vice-President of the Red Shoe Society supporting Ronald McDonald Charities, and board member for the Chapel Hill Young Professionals - a subsidiary group of the Chamber for a Greater Carrboro-Chapel Hill.

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