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November 21, 2016

ANGIE HEER, CFRE, VICE PRESIDENT OF ADVANCEMENT & EXTERNAL RELATIONS, AVILA UNIVERSITY

Angie Heer is the Vice President of Advancement & External Relations at Avila University, a Catholic University sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In her role, she leads a team of professionals in implementing all university fundraising, alumni, marketing and communication strategies. Angie has 17 years of experience directing successful comprehensive fundraising and marketing campaigns in the non-profit sector, raising more than $90 million from private philanthropy for higher education, hunger relief and affordable housing.

Prior to joining Avila in 2011, she served as Director of Fund Development for one of the largest food banks in the country, Harvesters – The Community Food Network, which was named the nation’s Food Bank of the Year during her tenure. She launched her fundraising career at Beyond Housing, a low-income housing and social service provider in St. Louis, Mo. 

5 MAIN TAKEAWAYS

Love your job and stay renewed by connecting with your organization’s beneficiaries regularly.

Make stretch goals – reach higher with your team.

Have a strong, multi-year strategic and budget plan that aligns with your fundraising plan and goals. It gives donors the confidence that you are clearly focused, know where you are going and have your act together.

Give your team the resources they need and get out of their way.

Celebrate milestones often and have FUN!