In my early career as a fundraiser, I worked in a small shop, a mission-based organization where I was the only professionally trained fundraiser working directly with donors. Previous fundraising had focused on mail, phone and whoever walked in the front door. Often, I was an outcast. In my first annual review I was asked to stop wearing suits, as it gave staff the impression I considered myself more important than everyone else. Moving to a large charity did not solve that awkward profile issue....
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DMW Direct Announces New Executive Team for Fundraising Group
November 8, 2011
From Today in Fundraising
, a leading direct response advertising agency, today announced that effective January 1, 2012, Debbie Merlino will be appointed President of DMW Direct Fundraising
— a division of the company which serves non-profit organizations nationwide in support of their fundraising and membership-building programs. Current President Tom Hurley will continue to play a key role, serving as a Senior Advisor to the business.