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Alysea McDonald

Alysea McDonald

Associate Director, Temple Fund

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Fundraising and Communications Professional




“Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.” ― Tina Fey, Bossypants
Copy editing Fundraising Marketing AP style Event management

communication strategies, public affairs, financial literacy, crowdfunding, entrepreneurship, journalism, multi-channel marketing, leadership development

Dana Band Consulting, LLC

Coach and Event Coordinator

Coaching and event assistance for a sales training and public speaking consulting firm. Edit workshop materials and website content.

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Temple University

Associate Director, Annual Campaigns

Solicit donations from alumni via direct mail, email, telephone, and crowdfunding channels. Write solicitation content and devise audience segmentations strategies. Recruit and manage alumni volunteer fundraising committees. Implemented university-wide crowdfunding platform and first annual fund stewardship newsletter. Create editorial calendar for giving website.

The Temple Fund raised approximately $2 million annually and brings in the majority of the university's 19,000 alumni donors.


Temple University, Boyer College of Music and Dance

Assistant Director of Development

Coordinate fundraising and alumni activities for the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. Liaison to the Temple Fund, Alumni and Development Communications, Alumni Relations, and other central fundraising units. Manage the Boyer College Alumni Association board.

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Lehigh Valley Arts Council

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Coordinator

Liaison between state office and regional applicants to PPA Program and Project Grant Streams. Presented three public workshops to explain Project Stream application and eligibility to potential applicants. Recruit knowledgeable community members for two day review panel. Began duties as PPA intern in 2008, promoted to staff in 2010.


Muhlenberg College Career Center

Employer Relations Associate

Cultivated positive relationships with finance and accounting employers to ensure continued success with Muhlenberg students. Reviewed student resumes and cover letters before being sent to organizations. Scheduled on-campus interviews. Presented recruiting and job search presentation to students. Increased student participation in Recruiting Program by 35% through targeted marketing.

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Temple University

Master's of Journalism

May 2015 expected graduation

Muhlenberg College

B.A., American Studies, English, Art History

Coursework in nonprofit and arts administration