After over 20 years as a successful fundraiser and vice-president (WGBH-Boston and Bates College in Lewiston, Maine), Vicky began her consulting career in 2007. Current and recent consulting clients include Ursinus College (Pennsylvania), The Portland Museum of Art (Maine), The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare at Massachusetts General Hospital (Massachusetts), Spurwink Services, a major social service agency in Maine, The Grace Center (Tenants Harbor, Maine), and Fox Chase Cancer Institute (Pennsylvania). She is also a founder of The Ithaca Institute, which develops and conducts training programs for development professionals.
As a consultant, she specializes in helping a development staff and its president become ready to execute a campaign by establishing a strong major gifts effort based upon the work that has been done to sustain annual giving/membership. She teaches and coaches teams: to determine what is the best course for their non-profit to cultivate and solicit major donors, to build a compelling case that encourages donors to stretch, to develop programs and events that provide stewardship, to establish a network of volunteers, and to develop the principles of prospect and moves management that build donor loyalty and a culture of philanthropy for the long-term. She also has had direct experience in corporate and foundation fundraising and helps institutions decide how much effort to expend in these areas and what strategies to employ.
Vicky has an undergraduate degree in French and pursued graduate studies in education and comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley.