My name is Nancy Patterson, and I have spent the past 20 years working in the nonprofit sector serving community-based causes–educational institutions, arts and cultural organizations, healthcare providers and nonprofit start-ups. For more than three decades, I have also been a volunteer and contributor for various nonprofits that I care about.
You should know I have a thing for chasing data and new technology. A bit of a geek, I am a huge iOS fan: iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iMac. I find these tools to be important partners in my work-life adventure. Speaking of adventure, I’ve even participated in a hackathon or two!
Consulting | 2005 – 2013
I began my consulting business in the Spring of 2005 after more than 12 years as a practitioner committed to learning the craft of integrated development and marketing–what I refer to as advancement. I spent eight wonderful years as a nonprofit coach & consultant dedicated to empowering community-based nonprofit leaders and helping my clients strengthen their advancement programs with capacity-building expertise. Services included: chief executive and development coaching; Board development; Advancement planning: integrated development & marketing; Advancement audits; Strategic & Sustainability planning; Campaign management; Nonprofit & development department start-up; Annual, major and planned giving initiatives; Customized solicitation trainings; Social media, mobile and web solutions; and Executive search for development leaders.
Associate Vice President, Leadership & Fund Development | Chattanooga State | 2013- present
Relevant, responsive and results-driven educational organizations like Chattanooga State are a part of the life-changing higher education solutions improving the quality of life in my hometown and beyond. I am honored and excited to be a part of the Achievement Team at Chattanooga State [officially as of August 1, 2013].
My blog is dedicated to supporting community-based nonprofits and the volunteers and professionals who together make all the magic for good happen. We in the nonprofit world must support each other to sustain our passion for excellence in our work, especially when a global economy and digital revolution challenge us as we nurture a culture of philanthropy. I hope you will join me, my guest contributors and the various authors of thought-provoking content I post. Let’s share, collaborate, encourage and motivate!