Running for board seat at-large
About your work: Fundraising Writer/Editor: Produce quality, compelling, on-brand content about the work and mission of Catholic Relief Services to approximately 500,000 (in print and online) individual supporters in the United States monthly.
How you have contributed to ACES: I am a new ACES member and have yet to contribute, though I plan to attend this year's National Conference and enroll in the advanced certificate program. I am certainly willing to contribute in any way I can.
Why you feel you are the best candidate for this position: I am a working copy editor and also have an extensive background in fundraising. I've worked as a development director, deputy director and freelance fundraiser. As such, I have experience with board development and understand why board members are tasked with providing leadership and strategic direction for the organizations they serve. I also understand that leadership and strategic direction often include taking on small but important tasks, like sending e-mails, making phone calls or carrying cupcakes around a fundraising event. I'm willing to do any of it!
What you envision for ACES during your tenure: My areas of expertise outside of copy editing include donor cultivation, strategic planning and producing creative visual content (I carry a camera with me most places). I would also be interested in helping ACES expand or further develop its board, if that is something of interest. Ultimately, I am happy to do anything and everything, from making phone calls and sending e-mails to writing newsletters and planning events.
What is one thing about ACES that you would like to improve, and what ideas do you have on how to improve it? I’d like to see ACES sharpen its promotional prowess among young professionals, particularly within the nonprofit sector. I’ve worked with organizations who either could not afford to hire an editor or didn’t recognize the importance of editing. Often, the language suffered, and young staff especially never learned to practice effective editing. If only they’d known about ACES! I’d suggest collaboration with professional associations that reach young audiences to promote editing as integral to successful nonprofit development and pitch ACES as an affordable and indispensable asset to any organization that relies on precise and compelling language to fulfill its mission.