The Good Steward is a source for interesting information on fundraising, trends and tips related to non-profit management, and my observations as a fundraiser.  As you may have guessed, I write TGS for non-profit professionals and anyone with an interest in the non-profit/philanthropic sectors, with a focus on the central role that stewardship plays in successful donor relations.  I post once or twice a week and hope that you will enjoy keeping up on the posts (especially through RSS).

I am a non-profit fundraising professional in my late 20’s.  I have worked in this field for about five years now in museums, arts education and international understanding organizations.  I believe that everyone in non-profits should understand fundraising and be comfortable taking part in it through any of its four key stages — acquisition, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.  As I have progressed through this work, I have cherished the opportunities to discuss this field both on a day-to-day level and the “meta” level.  I hope that TGS will encourage a deeper conversation about this work and make it accessible and interesting to others (like you!).

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My Biography

I am the Assistant Director of Development for Individual Giving at International House.  Before joining the I-House team in 2009, I was Associate Manager of Annual Giving at Third Street Music School Settlement, the nation’s oldest currently operating community music school.  I was first exposed to fundraising as a profession through an internship at The Jewish Museum, while pursuing my graduate degree in non-profit management from The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.  I also received my undergraduate degree from Howard University in political science.

I am a proud member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Philanthropic Planning Group of Greater New York, and the NYU Wagner Alumni in Fundraising Network.  I also serve as a National Board Member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and Director-at-Large of the Greater New York chapter of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement.

When I am not thinking about fundraising and non-profit management or working at I-House, I am usually focused on genealogy, reading, cooking or searching for great food.  I am married to the amazing Maria Hanley Blakemore, who blogs at Maria’s Movers and is on Twitter at @mariasmovers.

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