Passion for Philanthropy: Michele has a deep passion for creating opportunities that help educate and facilitate ways for people to give back to their community. Her work supporting nonprofit organizations focuses on building and maximizing relationships and creating greater levels of engagement. Michele is particularly committed to the vital role women have on the future of philanthropy.
Experience: Michele has served Arizona’s nonprofit and fundraising industry for more than 27 years developing innovative programs by implementing efficient and effective strategies for creating meaningful relationships with employees, donors, volunteers, and businesses. She has worked with large and small organizations, education and healthcare institutions, and communities throughout the state of Arizona bringing them to new heights of participation and contributions.
In 2016 she established her own consulting practice in response to the inspiration she discovered through a decade of successful engagement with the female investors as the AVP of the ASU Foundation’s Women & Philanthropy program. This rare, hands-on experience offers her a unique niche of expertise for coaching nonprofit organizations to integrate strategies that recognize the escalating and transformational role women have on society through their philanthropy. Committed to sharing her knowledge and passion with nonprofits, Michele has served as a speaker for various conferences and groups, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, and Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits.
In 2018 she was proud to join the 73-year-old international firm of CCS Fundraising as their Arizona based consultant. During her work with CCS Michele’s clients included, University of New Mexico Hospital, Northern Arizona University and San Martin de Porres Catholic Parish in Southern Arizona, testing the readiness and capacity for their respective potential campaigns. Michele also worked with Dignity Health Foundation East Valley on its five-year, $25 million comprehensive campaign to fund two new medical towers. Using her expertise in women focused philanthropy, she also guided Georgia State University in formalizing their Women’s Philanthropy Network.
In 2020 she once again returned to her role as an independent consultant specializing in assisting nonprofits with the identification and implementation of innovative practices to maximize their current and prospective donor relationships, with meaningful, intentional, realistic, efficient and sustainable strategies.
And, of course, Michele continues to use her passion, expertise and knowledge of women focused donor strategies as a conference presenter and guiding nonprofits in integrating development practices that acknowledge, accommodate and maximize the impact of women donors.
Professional Associations: Michele has been a member of the AFP Greater Arizona Chapter since 1998. She is currently dedicated to the future of professional fundraisers serving as the 2019-20 Chair for the nationally recognized AFP Greater AZ Chapter’s Professional Mentor Program and as a Board Member. Over her 20 years of membership she has served the chapter in a variety Board positions including the 2004 Philanthropy Dinner Chair.
Community Volunteer: Michele is actively engaged as a volunteer in the Arizona community. She serves as Co-Chair for the 161st Air Refueling Wing, Arizona Goldwater Air National Guard Base’s Copperhead Care Family Support Committee and is a certified AZ Air/Army National Guard Key Volunteer. Michele is committed to animals and served more than 10 years as a volunteer for AZ Adopt a Greyhound. She has also been an active volunteer for the Arizona Ironman race since 2008 housing professional triathletes, serving as a wet suit peeler, finish line catcher, registration volunteer and other various roles. One of Michele’s proudest volunteer achievement’s is the role she played in creating the first Paratriathlete Team in Arizona during her service on the SW Region’s USA Triathlon Board.
Education: Michele received her BS degree in Business Management and Marketing from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.
Personal: Originally from Upstate New York, Michele has lived in Arizona since 1988. She is an Ironman triathlete, competitive rower, and avid animal lover. Hoyt, her long-time significant other is a Commanding Officer and refueling pilot for the Arizona Air National Guard as well as a pilot for a national commercial airline. They enjoy traveling whenever possible, taking their camper and dogs for off the grid excursions and any opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.