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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), where I currently work, is the oldest animal welfare organization in the U.S. and engages in efforts to rescue animals from abuse and disasters, pass humane laws, and share resources with shelters nationwide. One of the many ways in which the ASPCA fulfills its mission is by making grants to animal shelters, municipal and governmental agencies, rescue groups, sanctuaries, and other animal welfare organizations nationwide. In my role as Director of Grant Strategies, I am responsible for grant-related communications, evaluation, and reporting, and for building partnerships with other funders.
Animal Grantmakers
Animal Grantmakers is an affinity group of funders working to advance animal protection and foster philanthropy that benefits animals across the United States and around the world. Animal populations served include companion animals and equines, farm animals, animals used in research, wild animals, and exotic animals in captivity, among others. I currently serve as Board President.

The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center, where I worked from 1998-2012, collects, analyzes, and disseminates information on philanthropy in the U.S. and around the world, and helps nonprofit organizations to effectively secure foundation grants. Funding for roughly one-third of the Center's approximately $20 million operating budget comes from grant support. In 2006, I transitioned from the Center's information technology department—where I designed web sites for foundations—to its fundraising department where, among other responsibilities, I prepared grant requests and reports for general operating, special project, and regional support; researched and cultivated prospective donors; and wrote and distributed an e-newsletter for donors and prospects with the Center's communications department. I became Development Manager in 2011.

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
A formative part of my philanthropy education came from my involvement in Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), which promotes effective social justice philanthropy and advances the professional development of staff under 40 years of age at foundations. EPIP provides leadership skill-building and networking opportunities nationwide and locally. I served on EPIP's national Board of Advisors from 2007-2010, actively participating in committees responsible for strengthening the organization's online communications efforts, recruiting new board members, and identifying potential funding prospects.

The Lion's Share blog
My lifelong love of animals and my work experience in the fundraising field led me to create The Lion's Share blog in December 2010. The Lion's Share provides information intended to help organizations whose work improves the lives of animals to secure and leverage philanthropic support—particularly foundation grants—as effectively as possible. The Lion's Share also has a Twitter feed (@lionsshareblog).