About

R(a)ise & shine

My mom will tell you that as a child, I woke up every morning beginning each day drawing a new picture. My favorite motive those days used to be unicorns. Instead of becoming an architect, or vet as I once had aspired, I became a non-profit…. unicorn. Vu Le from Nonprofit AF defines non-profit workers as unicorns – persistent, visionary, and dedicated non-profit or foundation professionals who shine with brilliance and practice humility.

These days I work as a fundraising consultant at Schomerus in Zurich, Switzerland, with a Diploma in Fundraising from Adrian Sargeant’s AFP coursework. I’m passionate about helping organizations use philanthropy to power growth and influence community change. And I am a firm believer in donor love. Previously, I worked as a major gift officer at Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders Switzerland, and at the American Red Cross. As a committee member of AFP Global and SwissFundraisingDay, I love to be surrounded by people who are passionate about their work and who think outside of the box.


It all began with Tom Ahern’s book. I could have easily ended up on a very different fundraising path. Being a nomad, I’ve been practicing fundraising in a variety of contexts in North America and in Europe.

This blog is a collection, a smorgasbord (“Sammelsurium”) of bits and pieces I wish I had available at my fingertips when I started diving deeper into professional dream-brokering. Because I’m a firm believer in learning from the best and in evidence-based decision-making, I share international expert resources and the body of knowledge in our field. The rocks, the foundations, and the nuggets of wisdom. Why re-invent the wheel?!


Fundraising is my passion and I deeply believe the donor ought to be at the heart of our work. People give to people so how can we make our donors feel the love?

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

– Maya Angelou

Peace & Purpose,

Julie