JEAN GURNEY & COMPANY, OWNER • 2000 — PRESENT

FUNDRAISING CONSULTING AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT

With experience in all aspects of financial development, I have used my experience in managing a small non-profit organization, my expertise in greatly increasing fundraising results, and my knowledge of the Milwaukee philanthropic community to help organizations:

  • Describe mission and programs in a comprehensive and compelling manner.
  • Assess fundraising capacity.
  • Design and implement fundraising plans.
  • Train and organize volunteers to cultivate and solicit donors.
  • Write case statements, campaign materials, letters, grant proposals, speeches, presentations, and annual reports to support solicitations.
  • Conduct fundraising campaigns where there is no development staff.


SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT TOPICS

Low Cost Fundraising for Small and Medium Libraries,”
UW-M School of Information Studies, March 15, 2007.   Similar presentation given for several other Wisconsin library federations.

Grant Writing Workshop,” Cultural Alliance, Milwaukee Arts Board, CAMPAC, and Greater Milwaukee Foundation, February 27, 2007.  Similar presentation given for other organizations.

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Senior Development Officer • May 2003 – June 2005
Served as a part-time member of the development team to create and initiate a $15 million “Recapitalization” debt reduction campaign; $3 million raised in campaign’s first six months. Also solicited major gifts and created a planned giving program with 30+ new planned gifts identified.

Milwaukee Public Library Foundation Executive Director • 1995-2000
Increased contributed income 380% from $370,000 to $1.8 million annually, while increasing operating expenses just 10% from $123,000 to $135,000. Successfully planned, conducted, and staffed the Central Library Renovation Campaign, raising $8.1 million.

YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, V.P. for Financial Development • 1990-95
Increased annual fund contributions by 30% and number of donors from 10,700 to 14,000.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra • Director of Development, Acting Director of Development, Assistant Director of Development, 1984-90
Annually raised $4 million of an $8 million budget through an annual fund drive, corporate and foundation grants, government grants, and management of good relations with UPAF.

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION

AFP Certified Fund Raising Executive, designated in 1990.
B.A. cum laude, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI.
M.A., Howard University School of Religion, Washington, DC.

COMMUNITY SERVICE – CURRENT

Trustee, Shorewood Village Library Board
Director, Friends of Shorewood Library Board
Treasurer, Edgewood Place Condominium Association Board of Directors
Member, Present Music President’s Council