Development Officer, Project Manager, Writer, Publicist
Dental Clinic Capacity Building Campaign
A health care for homeless nonprofit had been granted $3.4 million to build a much needed dental clinic. Operations had to be funded through private fundraising and volunteers. The Board of Directors and leadership were at odds and doubted the project’s success.
I invited the most vocal board member to lunch and focused the conversation on patient needs and community capacity. I then convened an internal think tank to discover how we could create long-term community solutions rather than “this is only what we can do” band aids. A business plan and 5-year budget was developed, and I set to work with the Development Committee.
Within six months, $500,000 in Year 1 funding was secured along with a pledge of $650,000 to be paid out equally over 5 years. A full-time dentist was hired who sees patients and supervises volunteers and dental students. Today, the dental clinic serves over 3,800 patients annually.