Charity Architect: Empowering Organizations to do More Good!
Let me introduce myself. My name is Mary P. Walker, and I live in College Station, Texas. Depending on how you count, I’m on my fourth or fifth career. I started as a technical writer for IBM and then moved into systems engineering, which was the technical end of sales. After 14 years there, I became a stay-at-home mother, worked one year in a kindergarten, and then had the privilege of joining the development/fundraising staff of St. Mary’s Catholic Center at Texas A&M University, probably the largest campus ministry in the nation.
I quickly found that I loved using my communications and business skills to help a wonderful organization raise the funds needed to grow in outreach, programs, and services. During my ten years there, the annual fund grew five-fold, and I contributed to the success of two capital campaigns. I feel a sense of joy and pride in the accomplishments of the development team, as well as gratitude for a chance to learn and grow with the best. When I am on my deathbed, I’m sure I’ll look back on my time at St. Mary’s as one of the greatest blessings in my life.
CharityArchitect lets me share what I learned. My lofty goal is to educate and empower other charitable organizations to go out and do more good in the world through better fundraising.
This is a brutally honest blog, and not for the faint of heart! I’ll share my knowledge, skills, and opinions. I’ll talk about what I’ve done “right” and what I’ve done “wrong” in the hope of helping you with your fundraising aspirations.
Please, go out and do more good in the world, and if I can, I’d love to help you.
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