Jennifer Diaz is Director of Major Gifts with The Salvation Army. She works out of the Philadelphia area, where she leads a team of five major gift fundraisers, and carries her own portfolio of top-level donor relationships.
I first met Jennifer about five years ago when I was helping to lead a major fundraising change initiative for The Salvation Army’s Eastern Territory. I quickly connected with Jennifer because she’s a highly skilled, successful, no-nonsense relationship fundraiser.
We sat down just before Thanksgiving to talk about her experience raising major gifts in the Philadelphia area, leading a team of fundraisers during the COVID crisis, and bridging the divide between being an individual contributor and a department leader.
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If you’re in the business of engaging major donors and/or leading fundraising teams, you’ll enjoy this conversation.
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In the Rainmaker Fundraising Podcast, co-hosts Andrew Olsen, CFRE and Roy Jones, CFRE provide an in-depth look at fundraising and donor trends and opportunities in the nonprofit industry. Featuring interviews with leading authors and other industry experts, the podcast explores topics relevant to those in nonprofit leadership who strive to sharpen their skills, grow their teams, and maximize their impact in the world. The Rainmaker Fundraising Podcast is brought to you exclusively by Newport ONE.