Brooke has more than two decades of professional fundraising experience, having worked with several well-regarded independent schools and nonprofits before joining Schultz & Williams as a consultant.
As a development officer, Brooke has led annual giving campaigns as large as $1.5 million and as small as $250,000 while consistently exceeding fundraising and participation goals. A hallmark of Brooke’s annual giving experience is her ability to effectively engage, inspire and train trustees, volunteers and colleagues to successfully identify, cultivate and ultimately solicit potential donors. She has also been responsible for overseeing the success of fundraising special events, and has planned and executed multiple “Day of Giving” campaigns. These one-day efforts have yielded significant revenue, mobilized new and long-lapsed donors, and deepened the levels of engagement with both internal and external constituents. Brooke has worked successfully in teams with as many as 15 colleagues and as few as two.
Brooke started her career in Washington, D.C., as a prospect researcher at the Smithsonian Institution and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. After two years working in the healthcare field at the Washington Hospital Center Foundation as the director of prospect research and annual giving, she transitioned to independent school fundraising as the director of annual funds at Sidwell Friends School. She subsequently served in similar roles at the National Child Research Center and The Lab School of Washington. In 2014 she returned to her alma mater, George School, where she was responsible for all aspects of a $1.3 million annual fund as the director of annual giving.
With a passion for mentoring and teaching best-practices fundraising, Brooke has served on the faculty of Independent School Advancement’s Annual Giving Bootcamp, where she guides and coaches professionals who are new to independent school fundraising. She has also been a presenter at CASE-NAIS and AISGW (Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington) on such topics as annual giving and the use of data in fundraising. As a volunteer, Brooke has been an active fundraiser at her daughter’s schools and camps, including Georgetown Day School (Washington, D.C.), George School (Newtown, PA), and Farm and Wilderness Camps (Plymouth, VT).
Brooke earned a B.A. degree from Wheaton College (MA) with a major in political science and a minor in art history. She lives with her husband and daughter in Yardley, PA.