What's your job title at AVP and how would you describe what you do here?
I'm AVP's Development Associate. This means that I'm responsible for the agency's fundraising initiatives, including private and government grants, annual giving, and donor stewardship.
Why did you decide to get into victim services?
Working at AVP has been my first exposure to victim services work. Before I came to the agency, I spent the first few years of my career working at human services nonprofits, including a regional food bank. During my time at the food bank, I got a first-hand look at what it's like to not have access to a very basic need. I think that's what initially drew me to the work AVP does - we provide free services to clients who may not otherwise have been able to seek healing through therapy, support during court proceedings, and so on.
What part of your job means the most to you?
I love fundraising because it's so collaborative. I work with every department at AVP on a pretty regular basis, so I feel invested in their progress and love to celebrate their wins. It's also just a great feeling when you secure funding for a program - knowing that your work leads to thousands of people getting the support they need is special.
Is there anything you'd like to focus more of your effort toward as you further define your role here?
I'd really like to see a higher percentage of AVP's funding come from private grants. I'm working on it!