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 21 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 organization's 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. I am a Rotarian, 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. I continue to advocate for this and other causes, because I strongly believe 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: heidi@greenkitefundraising.com

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The GreenKite Team
Dynamic * Caring * Creative * Optimistic

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Jennifer Brunner, MBA
Leslie Pardue
Terran Washington, MFA

Social Media Guru and Strategic

Campaign Advisor

Grant Writer & Copy Editor

Lead Graphic Design Consultant

"Jen is an "out-of-the-box' creative thinker" who is able to amplify clients' online abilities to reach new audiences and influencers as well as 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.

Terran is a true artist.  He is also smart, patient and kind. I love having him on our team and seeing the beautiful work that he does for our clients.  Plus, well, he's the cool one on the team!

Terran: I am an experienced designer with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry. I have an extensive background in photography, vector illustration, logo design, painting, and branding & identity. I graduated from the School of Visual Design at Kent State University with a Master's of Fine Arts and served as an adjunct professor in the highly-competitive program. 

I've created designs for large international firms like Google as well as small, independently-owned businesses.  I've earned several distinctions for my design work including:

  • Silver Addy Award

  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

  • Silver Addy Award - Tower East

  • Silver District Addy Award

  • Gold Addy Award

  • Best Design and Illustration Portfolio, 2013 B.F.A. Exhibition

  • Leadership Excellence Award

  • Bronze Addy Award Silver Addy Award

Jenessa McElrath

Fundraising Support Specialist

"Jenessa is new to our team and already an integral part of our every day!"

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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