Wendy Young


What made my race extra special is that I was running for a 4 year old kid. People would donate on my page. It was amazing. I crossed the finished line and cried hysterically. My child was at the finish line waiting for me.

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Profession: Distinguished Events Manager, American Cancer Society

What was your first charitable gift?

I was focused on being a part of eradicating Lupus. My Aunt passed away when I was 9 month’s old. I did it to honor her. As a family, if we did any philanthropy as a child, we would always give it to this foundation. And when my childhood friend got diagnosed with diabetes, my focus broadened. When we were in 7th grade, she would have to give herself a shot. We did a walk for diabetes every year since we were 13. I went on the walk every year until college. We raised money together.

What’s a pivotal philanthropic career moment for you?

Because I cared so deeply for running and medical charities, I worked for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. I was a Program Coordinator for the team. My first Half Marathon was the Philadelphia run. I ran it with seven friends and we raised $6,000. What made my race extra special is that I was running for a 4 year old kid. People would donate on my page. It was amazing. I crossed the finished line and cried hysterically. My child was at the finish line waiting for me.

What’s your current job in the philanthropic sector??

I work at American Cancer Society. I manage distinguished events. I bring in $400,000 annually.  I am working with people who have capacity to give a lot who don’t have a time. It’s different from the community organizing engagement fundraising I used to manage. I meet with a company and they’ll buy a table. It’s puling on a relationship to get them to attend. Then, once they are there, they see the difference they can make.

Who inspires you to give?

The people I care about in my life.  Getting involved in an organization and realizing how important it is and that  we couldn’t function without it. Also, giving without tangible returns is important. I kept experiencing other people paying for me to do good work, it’s important to give back.



About

Julia Levy, Founder, has a decade of development experience, including working for a philanthropist, a small nonprofit and now a large nonprofit. She has raised significant dollars for numerous causes, from education to religion and from donors of all ages. Julia holds a Certificate in Fundraising from NYU’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and an undergraduate degree from Cornell University. Julia has taught fundraising workshops, most recently at Brooklyn Brainery and coached development professionals.


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