Amanda is a research-oriented, creative-thinker who is skilled at building relationships and crafting impactful messaging to strengthen an organization’s reputation. She especially enjoys tailoring appeals and communications to engage corporate sponsors, individual donors, and volunteers.
After completing the Master of Nonprofit Studies (MNpS) graduate program at ASU, Amanda pursued a career at a large, national nonprofit, where she cultivated mutually-beneficial, corporate relationships. Raising funds through cause-marketing, cash, payroll deduction, and in-kind sponsorship, Amanda exceeded revenue goals by over 20 percent each year. In addition, she gained experience in PR strategy, market analysis, business planning, and creating effective presentations. In the corporate world, she increased sales and client satisfaction by training employees to provide excellent customer service, achieve sales goals, and excel at client retention. In her free time, she helps nonprofits with walks, silent auctions, and galas. In the past ten years, Amanda has developed donor cultivation, event strategy, and brand management skills in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.
Colleen is particularly passionate about helping nonprofits become more profitable and professional, yet remain mission-driven. She makes every dollar count by analyzing the organization’s internal systems and highlighting areas for improvement. She creates simple solutions that increase efficiency and help organizations better serve the community.
Before co-founding ckSYNERGY, Colleen worked for both national and international law firms and a corporate foundation, gaining more than twelve years’ experience in management, collaborative partnership development, competitive intelligence, team facilitation, training, and event planning. Her work increased client satisfaction ratings and secured millions of dollars in revenue from new and existing clients. In 2012, she received her Masters of Nonprofits Studies (MNpS) from ASU. Currently, Colleen is a founding member and the co-chair of the UMOM Young Professionals Council and the Membership Chair. She serves as the Community Impact Chair for the Junior League of Phoenix (JLP), working to create partnerships between the JLP and Valley nonprofits. Given her career experience, volunteer work, and MNpS degree, Colleen is able to find simple, turn-key solutions to help organizations achieve their missions effectively.