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Board of Directors Intro- Nancy Seidl

June 13, 2012

Nancy Seidl Nelson, CFRE

Development Officer for the Waukesha Memorial Hospital Foundation (ProHealth Care)

My current job focus is working with individuals interested in supporting ProHealth Care (major gifts) and overseeing our Planned Giving initiatives.

What do you like most about your job?

Working with a variety of people who are passionate about our mission and their role in supporting it – this includes fellow employees, physicians, community volunteers (Board Members) and especially donors who support us in creating a healthier community.  When you can work in true partnership with people who want to make a difference, it’s an awesome day!

What prompted you to pursue development/fundraising as a career?

My initial career focus was public relations/marketing and my first “real job” in that area was with a small community hospital as a Communications Specialist.  I then moved to another healthcare system – still in a communications roles but working directly within the Foundation.  I began writing grant proposals, then direct mail, then someone asked me to staff a volunteer team, etc.  When I moved to Annual Giving Director, there was no doubt I was firmly on the fundraising side and then needed to hire the next Communications staff member.  I benefited from excellent team members and mentors – many of whom are still good friends today.

My professional goals have changed throughout my career and quite simply, my focus today is to enjoy what I’m doing and feel that I am making a positive impact every day.  I strongly feel that you stay the course with that focus, the “prizes” – whatever you want them to be – title, career advancement, etc.  will naturally follow.

What would you impart to a new development/fundraising professional?

Metrics/Targets/Technology are all important and great tools to help in your job, but do not underestimate the power of the personal touch that you bring to your job.  Listening well and saying thank you cannot happen enough.  Always present yourself professionally and make yourself known as the person who will always get the job done.

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  1. Julie Whelan Capell permalink
    June 26, 2012 1:32 pm

    Nancy – You are so right about the importance of the personal touch! Anyone who knows me knows I can get carried away with technology. Thanks for the reminder that there is nothing like a personal phone call or handwritten note to connect with a donor. So glad you are on our AFP board!

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