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Susan Rightsell (Van Dyke)

Susan Rightsell (Van Dyke)

Washington, DC

Click to edit summaryNonprofit development professional experienced in fundraising, stewardship and financial compliance; dedicated to creatively advancing the long-term sustainability of my organization while continuing to develop and deepen my own professional skills.

"Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice."

Jobs With Justice (formerly American Rights at Work)

Development Manager

Crafted annual fundraising plans and secured contributions from major gift, corporate, online and direct mail targets.

Directed and grew major gift programs by moving targets through a strategic cycle of prospecting, cultivation, solicitation and acknowledgment.

Planned and executed donor cultivation events nationwide as well as an annual gala fundraiser raising over $350,000. Solicited sponsors and sold tickets and ads; coordinated vendors, volunteers and event speakers.

Directed and grew online fundraising campaigns and moved online donors into off-line donation tracts.

Organized direct mail programs including writing and production of letters, list segmentation and giving analysis.

Ensured timely and appropriate acknowledgment of all incoming pledges and gifts.

Managed all department lists, databases and files including the Raiser’s Edge database.

Developed and maintained organizational systems to track contact with prospects and donors.

Oversaw stewardship calendar and strategic systems for updating stakeholders through timely emails, mailings, fact sheets and annual reports.

Arranged meetings between major stakeholders and department directors. Prepared briefing books with specific solicitation directions.

Built and maintained relationships with major donors. Staffed directors during meetings and public events.

Hired and managed interns.

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American Rights at Work

Development Assocate

American Rights at Work

Development Assistant

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Nels Ackerson for Congress

Deputy Finance Director

Managed candidate call time of 40+ hours per week resulting in over a half million dollars in pledges.

Organized in-house mail program to over 95,000 voters and donors including writing and production of letters, organization of volunteers and bulk mail procedures.

Planned and executed five in-district fundraisers.

Completed financial compliance including FEC reports, deposits and disbursements.


Valparaiso University

BA, International Economics and Cultural Affairs, Political Science