Letter from the (new) Development Director
As Literacy Action’s new Development Director, I wanted to take a moment to introduce and share a little bit about myself. I am so grateful to work for Literacy Action, especially because of supporters like you who place your time, money, effort, and trust in our services in order to improve adult literacy in central Arkansas.
My interest in nonprofit development began in college and quickly solidified during my service term with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. NCCC gave me the chance to work for several different nonprofits on the Pacific Coast; it was an invaluable introduction to the nonprofit sector. I then worked briefly for a Colorado-based nonprofit before earning my Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) Credential through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. I joined Literacy Action in early December 2018 and hit the ground running!
I’m a Little Rock native, Central High and Hendrix alum, and – like the rest of our staff – an avid reader. At Literacy Action, I get to support my community through my passion for literacy. As you know, adult literacy rates impact a wide range of issues, from socioeconomic status to healthcare – improving adult literacy rates in central Arkansas gives members of our community the skills to help navigate these issues.
Low adult literacy rates will always be rooted in lack of access to opportunities. As Development Director, my job is to ensure Literacy Action has the financial and community support necessary for us to remain a point of access to quality literacy-based services for adults in central Arkansas.
In many ways, acting as a point of access is the main role of a nonprofit development professional. Donors deserve access to information about our organization, like specifics of the work we do and the populations we serve. This results in the sometimes daunting – but always valuable – challenge of proving why Literacy Action is an organization deserving of your support. Just as our students trust in Literacy Action to help them improve their literacy skills, our tutors and supporters trust in us to treat their investments in Literacy Action with care and respect – as they should!
Another thing our donors deserve is recognition of their service. The number one reason people donate to a nonprofit is because they believe in the mission. Not because they’ve been guilted into giving, or because they’re looking for a tax write-off. You voluntarily contribute to Literacy Action because you genuinely care about the well-being of your community, an act of service we do not take for granted.
All of this is to say that my job is to facilitate your generosity, because your generosity is the driving force of Literacy Action. You make the difference. Your gifts allow us to fulfill our mission and combat low adult literacy. I’m here to make sure we maximize the benefits and services our students receive because of you.
2019 holds a lot of exciting opportunities for Literacy Action, and I’m thrilled to join a group of people who care so deeply about their community. As you read our newsletter, I hope it reinforces how vital you are to Literacy Action. We truly could not do this without you. Thank you for investing in adult literacy in central Arkansas!