Why We Give tell the stories of ordinary philanthropists. We also have our own stories:


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 The Brooklyn Brainery and coaches development professionals. Follow her thoughts on philanthropy and more on Twitter.


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Lauren Shoolman is a development professional with five years of experience in Canada and the United States in individual and institutional giving, and special events. She is an Emerging Leaders of New York Arts (ELNYA) Fellow, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in New York, and has been invited to deliver guest lectures at St. Lawrence University, NY, on fundraising. Lauren holds a BA Specialized Honors in Marketing and a Certificate in Management from York University, Canada. Read Lauren’s Why We Give Story. 



Lillian Archer is a senior development professional with over 15 years of  experience developing and implementing fundraising strategies at a local,  national, and international non-profit organizations. Currently, she is the  director of development at San Francisco Botanical Garden Society, where she  oversees all fundraising and membership programs to support the Garden as a  public facility in Golden Gate Park, as well as the provider of adult and youth  education programs that teach the public about plants, ecology, the environment, and the need to conserve Earth’s biological diversity. Her goal as a fundraiser is to bring together private, corporate, and civic supporters to make the change they want to see in the world. Lillian holds an undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and a masters in non-profit administration from CUNY-Baruch College. In addition to building community around causes, she enjoys practicing yoga, making and sampling new ice cream flavors, and traveling. Lillian lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter.


Wight_140910_1348Dana Wolf is a structural engineer with nine years of design and construction experience.  She believes strongly in the importance of STEM education, and has volunteered with the Engineers’ Alliance for the Arts, Spark, and the ACE Mentor Program to excite middle and high school students about engineering. She sees a direct connection between engineering and public safety, and she seeks out opportunities to apply her knowledge of buildings to protect the public.  Currently, she is a member of the Design for Risk and Reconstruction committee in New York, which works to assess and improve the resiliency of local infrastructure.  Dana practices in New York City, and serves as the philanthropy chair for her office.



FullSizeRenderLauren Hancock is a development professional. Based in Washington D.C., she has experience in higher education development. She’s a StartingBloc Fellow. Laura is passionate about education and immigration. She is a recent graduate of Barnard College.





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Ashley Bowden is a development professional with over five years of experience in the arts and cultural sectors. Her passion for museums and the creation of opportunities for people to learn about themselves and the world around them are her driving forces. Ashley holds a BA in Development Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and MA degrees in African American and African Studies, and History Museum Studies from The Ohio State University and The Cooperstown Graduate Program, respectively.





Jess Stowe is a research analyst at Finch15, a product innovation company that helps well-established brands build revenue-generating digital businesses. She is also the Managing Director of Greatest Good, an online platform that allows industry experts to raise money for charitable organizations by providing business advice and consulting while commanding the market value of their time. She recently joined the junior board of TASC, a New York City-based nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing education and enrichment opportunities to kids who need it most. Jess graduated from Wesleyan University.




SaraSSara Schenkel is a development professional with experience at several nonprofits, including the arts and Jewish organizations.  Based in the Philadelphia area, she enjoys writing and music. Sara is a graduate ofMuhlenberg College where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies with a double minor in Creative Writing and Religion Studies.






Morgan Miller is a development professional working for a large non-profit in New York.  She has experience in fundraising and education. Morgan has a passion for youth sports philanthropy and is actively looking for opportunities to help engage youth in their communities through activity. Morgan is a recent graduate of Cornell University with a B.S. in Communication with a focus in Social Influence and concentrations in Business and Sports Management.






claireClaire Stack is a events and volunteer management professional working in higher education and based in New York City. Claire is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Theater and Psychology. She is passionate about women’s causes, the arts, and education.







Alex Cox-Cuzzi is the Brand Manager for Perfect Fitness, an at home fitness product company within the Implus portfolio. Her expertise is in executing strategies that tackle challenging business problems, drive change and innovation within an organization requiring rapid growth. She has a passionate curiosity for entrepreneurship that ignites industry disruption and social responsibility.  Alex is a graduate of  Cornell University with a degree in Communication.

Why We Give tells stories of ordinary philanthropists, making a difference, dollar by dollar and hour by hour.  

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