How to Launch a Career in the Field of Resource Development and Fundraising

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Date: October 6, 2020
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Category: Special Event

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Topic: How to Launch a Career in the Field of Resource Development and Fundraising

Sponsors: Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, School of Education, Irvin D. Reid Honors College, Career Services


This panel offers insights from senior and junior professionals currently working in the field of resource development and fundraising in different organizational settings. The panelists will share their personal experiences and wisdom about this specific career path with current WSU students interested in exploring this field. They will discuss a variety of possible ways of how one can plan, launch, and succeed professionally in the field of resource development.

Specific questions to be discussed by the panelists include:

  • What industries and organizations employ resource development and fundraising professionals? What are the typical job titles and career growth options?
  • What are the key professional qualifications and personal qualities that someone needs to have to be successful in this field?
  • What educational credential and experience does one need have to successfully get a job in resource development and fundraising?
  • What professional organizations support resource development specialists and how to connect with them?

Format: The panel will be held virtually via Zoom.

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Time: 5.00 pm – 6.30 pm


Mary Barden, J.D. - Director of Philanthropy, College of Education and Irvin D. Reid Honors College, Wayne State University

Sommer Brock - Director of Development, Horizons-Upward Bound at Cranbrook Educational Community and President-Elect, Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Detroit Chapter

Steve Zoski - Alumni and Donor Relations Officer, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Philanthropy and Alumni Relations, Wayne State University

Gayle Foley - Foundation Relations Officer, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Wayne State University 


Dr. Alisa Moldavanova – Associate Professor, Political Science and Coordinator, Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, Wayne State University






Academic staff, Alumni, Community, Current students, Faculty, Prospective students