As a Fundraising Practitioner, Tammy Zonker has more than ten years of experience fundraising, consulting and training nonprofit organizations. A native Midwesterner, Tammy led workshops throughout the U.S. for Seattle based Benevon (formerly Raising More Money) as Senior Coach and Workshop Instructor for nearly six years. In 2008, she felt a calling to return to the front lines of fundraising in one of the most economically challenged communities in the country: Detroit, Michigan.
“Detroit is the perfect sandbox for developing transformative fundraising strategies; the need is extraordinary and the community has an amazing heart to restore the city and region to a vibrant destination to live and work.”
— Tammy Zonker
Her current large-scale engagement is leading United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s corporate fundraising strategy; contracting as Senior Director of Corporate Relations & Strategic Initiatives where she collaborates in the areas of corporate social responsibility, earned-income partnerships, cause-marketing, co-branding, employee engagement and corporate giving. She believes corporate philanthropy is a vital tool for corporations to further both their corporate social responsibility objectives and their larger missions.
In 2010, she led the effort to secure a $27.1M gift from General Motors Foundation to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s Educational Preparedness Initiative; the largest gift in the 34 year history of the foundation. Likewise, she works closely with her United Way team to steward partnerships with Ford Motor Company, Chrysler Corporation, International Union UAW, DTE, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Bank of America, Comerica, PNC, AT&T, Target, Panera Bread, Henry Ford Health System, UPS, FedEx and others.
“Fundraising in Detroit has significantly influenced the content of my workshops and consulting practice. The new economy requires new thinking and innovative strategies for stewarding donor relationships and demonstrating return on philanthropic investment. It’s a privilege to be here doing this work at this time in history.”
— Tammy Zonker
In the past decade, Tammy’s fundraising and training efforts have resulted in more than $300M in contributions to nonprofit organizations. Tammy also serves as Adjunct Faculty at Indiana University concentrating on social profit excellence in fundraising. Further, she was technical editor for Wiley Publishing’s third edition of “Fundraising for Dummies.” She is a sought-after public speaker, trainer and consultant.
Prior to her social profit career, Tammy spent 17 years consulting with Fortune 500 companies with both Xerox Corporation and in the IBM Business Partner Network. She has served on a variety of nonprofit boards where she became passionate about helping organizations fulfill their missions. She transitioned her career from for-profit to nonprofit by completing the Fundraising Management Program at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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