No, I’m not Superwoman and I don’t have a hero complex. Just a really good sense of humor and a desire to make the world a better place.
For more than 15 years I have focused on raising money for causes close to my heart - healthcare for children and the poor, hospice, housing for the homeless, higher education, after school programs and services for the elderly. A quintessential generalist, my fundraising skills were forged in small nonprofits which led to extensive experience in annual giving, foundation and corporate fundraising, major giving and donor relations. Because I believe gratitude is the heart of fundraising, I named my business Give Gratitude. It demonstrates my approach to fundraising but also my philosophy about life.
I occasionally guest lecture in the Nonprofit Leadership Studies program at Rockhurst University. Through my membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), I have facilitated workshops for both the Mid-America and Greater New York City chapters. In addition I’ve led spirituality retreats for teenagers, women, and new mothers.
Drawn to study at two educational institutions with strong commitments to social justice, I graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Religion and received my Master in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. While at Union, I was awarded the Hudnut Award for Preaching and the Thomas Julius Hansen Memorial Award for excellence in relating philosophy, theology and ethics to contemporary social problems. It arose out of my work with folks who were chronically homeless and mentally ill.
Writing is central to my consulting work and my life. My interests are in creative nonfiction, spiritual autobiography, and memoir as well as poetry. I serve on the board of Whispering Prairie Press, publisher of the literary magazine, Kansas City Voices. A sample of my creative writing can be found on my blog, my season of signs, at jenwewers.com.