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Melissa Weigel

Melissa Weigel

Senior Director of Donor Relations

The Nature Conservancy

New York, NY

As a fundraiser, I have spent my career building relationships, much of the time with high-net worth individuals. Working for a science-focused organization, I have honed my skills at translating complex issues into a pitch that conveys the importance of what is being done. I thrive in innovative environments where I am given...

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Alice laughed. "There's no use trying," she said: "one can't believe impossible things." "I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." --Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll
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The Nature Conservancy

Senior Director of Donor Relations

• Manage a portfolio of major donors
• Run mid-level giving program for all donors in the New York City metro area
• Develop processes for philanthropy department to ensure all donors are adequately cultivated, solicited and stewarded
• Manage a team of out-the-door fundraisers and in-house philanthropy assistants
• Collaborate with philanthropy colleagues at International chapters to develop asks/proposals for donors interested in TNC projects in other countries.
• Implement chapter-wide Legacy Club (planned giving) program, from identification to solicitation to stewardship.

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The Nature Conservancy

Associate Director of Philanthropy

• Personally solicited gifts from middle and major donors
• Implemented rapid discovery process
• Collaborated with philanthropy colleagues at International chapters to develop asks/proposals for donors interested in TNC projects in other countries.
• Organized small trips and events for key donors.
• Wrote proposals and follow up reports for select foundations and corporations.
• Implemented chapter-wide Legacy Club (planned giving) program, from identification to solicitation to stewardship.

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Schultz & Williams

Account Executive

• Was the lead contact for over 20 different clients; reported directly to VPs of Development and Executive Directors.
• Developed and implemented strategies for direct response (mail, email, telemarketing and web) fundraising and membership programs for a variety of organizations with memberships ranging from 3,000 to 40,000+.
• Managed creative partners; helped manage list, print, lettershop and other vendors.
• Provided projections and analyzed results in written reports.
• Consulted on various aspects of larger development programs, including integration with marketing and major gifts.
• Was the main resource for the company on all web and social media components of fundraising and outreach programs.
• Contributed to monthly Schultz & Williams newsletter to clients, Resources Realized.

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Villanova University

B.A., Political Science, Peace & Justice Studies, English, Honors

York Community High School