After 27 years in nonprofit leadership roles for many worthy causes, I made a dramatic career change for no other reason than to follow a new-found passion. I began raising money in support of hunger and poverty eradication and in support of women and children’s empowerment.
Every child should be empowered to be all they can imagine. As a child, I was not concerned about societal and economic barriers as I dreamed of my future. My parents taught me to aspire to become what I dreamed of; not aspire only to anyone’s preset limitations. Now as a woman and a mother, I dream of instilling that same belief in my own child. When my son was in kindergarten, his teacher asked all of the students to share what they wanted to be when they grew up. He replied, “A scuba diver on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, a paleontologist on Tuesdays and Thursdays and a zookeeper on Saturdays.” She told him the class poster board wasn’t big enough to accommodate that list. He answered, “Can’t we get a bigger paper?”
I hope what I am doing helps children and adults to realize that dream of gender and racial equality and that we can rise above those societal and sometimes physical barriers. I hope young girls and boys see what all of us do in leadership and executive roles and feel empowered to do and become what they aspire to. And if those dreams don’t all fit on one page … then I want to be there with a bigger sheet of paper!
Peggy is a skilled nonprofit development professional with nearly 30 years in nonprofit program management. She is a resource in high demand for nonprofits in the areas of fundraising strategies, board and staff development, collaborative leadership, strategic planning, and systems assessment and development. She has raised more than $500 million in funds for humanitarian, social services, and voluntary health organizations in her career.
Having successfully led development activities for numerous nonprofits, Peggy is skilled at managing revenue streams that include corporate employee engagement programs, civic and faith-based fundraising, individual and major gifts, cause marketing, annual giving, and gifts in kind. When meeting with diverse organization constituencies, from board leadership and community leaders to event volunteers and staff, she can fluidly adapt to the audience and deliver the exact message appropriate to the situation.
In her work most recently with Rise Against Hunger, Peggy worked to expand the organization and its development on a global scale. Her work with the Special Olympics on a statewide and international level, Easter Seals Inc., and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society included oversight of major fundraising activities, events, advocacy, program operations, and services.
Summary of Experience
- Chief Marketing & Development Officer for Rise Against Hunger.
- Chief Development Officer at Easter Seals Inc.
- Executive Director of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Michigan Chapter.
- Honored nationally as “A Woman Empowering Women” by Dole Pineapple and Universal Studios in 2019.
- Voted one of the 50 “Women to Watch” by Crain’s Business Magazine.
- DMFA “Outstanding Marketer of the Year” (Nonprofit category).
- Outstanding Young Fundraising Professionals Award (Association for Fundraising Professionals).
- Special Olympics International Hall of Fame Inductee.
- Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University and postgraduate studies at the State University of New York.