Last week, The Daily Planet’s COO of Advancement Maureen Neal attended the Virginia Fund Raising Institute (VFRI) to present to other fund development professionals. Along with Ann Deaton, professional coach at The Bounce Collective, Neal presented “Coaching: An Innovative Model for Professional Development” and discussed her work for the Advance program.
Advance, the Coaching and Assessment Program for Fund Development Professionals, is offered to cohorts of six to nine participants at a time and has been designed to meet the needs of experienced fund development professionals. In the first five offerings of the program, which included fundraising staff at a major research university and nonprofit development professionals from a variety of agencies, 68 percent of the 34 participants had more than 10 years of fundraising experience. It is at this time in their career that fund development professionals have honed their skills and gained expertise in the field. It is also a time to question where the next growth opportunities reside and reflect on the prospects ahead.
This program was developed by four professionals with a diverse skill set in coaching, fund development, nonprofit organizations and higher education.
Maureen Neal began her career in development more than 25 years ago and has been employed by, or served as a fundraising consultant to, diverse nonprofit agencies in the fields of healthcare, education, arts, housing and the environment.
Maureen earned her international credentials as a Certified Fundraising Executive in 2004 and was the recipient of the 2010 Nina Abady Award, presented to a fundraising professional who has demonstrated utmost excellence, from the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives. She has led fundraising and facilitated board development training for regional and statewide organizations including many nonprofit boards on which she serves. She served on the Advisory Board of, and taught courses for, Nonprofit Learning Point for 10 years. As an advocate for professional development and herself a lifelong learner, Maureen earned a certificate in nonprofit management from VCU in 1999, is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond and a 2008 graduate of the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program.