Senior Donor Advisor
Inspiration: “Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” – Shannon Alder
What working in this community means to me: “Working in this community, with individuals and families who share with me a spirit of compassion and generosity, gives me daily hope. Hope that, together, we have an opportunity to address basic and urgent community needs around housing, food, education and economic mobility. And further, that if we are smart about it — listen to those in the community who are doing the work, use our access to significant data trends and science, and convene the right partners — we can disrupt the systems that create these inequities in the first place, to make a lasting, positive impact on a community-wide level.”
Caroline works personally with individual and family donors to understand what inspires their philanthropy, and to connect them with opportunities to engage in meaningful ways with United Way’s mission. She is thoughtful and attentive in helping donors learn about our critical needs funding, and long-term equity-focused programs, providing a window into the impacts of their philanthropy.
Having worked with United Way early in her career, Caroline jumped at the opportunity to join the Greater Twin Cities team. She brings to the organization her talents and passion for people, and for social justice and equity, along with 20+ years’ experience working with philanthropic individuals and families, community leadership and board volunteers. Most recently Caroline was with the American Red Cross for nine years in this capacity. She has a double bachelor’s degree in English and psychology, as well as a Project Management Certificate from University of Minnesota.
Caroline and her husband Steve live in Chanhassen and have fun attending Twin Cities major team sports events, most recently adding MN United. They enjoy swimming, biking, and walks at the Arboretum. Both are blood donors and find it meaningful to participate in events and projects that allow them to give gifts of both time and money, including St. Joseph’s Home for Children, Animal Humane Society, Red Cross’ Run for Blood and Sound the Alarm Campaign, Abbey’s Hope, FamilyWise, Feed My Starving Children — and now they’ll add United Way’s “Action Day” and “Home For Good” events!