Principal Gifts Officer
Inspiration: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” — John Wesley
What working in this community means to me: “This community’s love for each other—and the world as a whole—is evident. I care about working to level the playing field so equity for all is a reality for everyone who lives in the Greater Twin Cities and is demonstrated by opportunities to learn, prosper and make an impact on the community in their own way.”
As a principal gifts officer, Donna has the joy of getting to know and work with generous, caring individuals as well as families and business leaders who want to fund current work or create new opportunities through Greater Twin Cities United Way. She finds donors’ insight, wisdom, empathy and leadership awe-inspiring, as well as their desire to make a lasting impact. During the start of COVID-19, Donna was inspired by the immediate concern and response by donors as well as their trust in United Way to use their donation most effectively. She loves visiting with donors, learning their interests, sharing stories and taking them to see the impact of their gifts, which create new pathways for families and strengthen our community.
Donna’s experience as a teacher, mother, volunteer and nonprofit professional prepared her for work at United Way. She is always looking to learn new things to effectively assist donors as well as the community, which is why Donna pursues professional development. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, she has also completed a mini-MBA for nonprofit leaders through the University of St. Thomas and holds a Veritus Scholar certification as well as her CFRE designation (certified fundraising executive).
Donna and her husband, Terry, call Little Canada home. They enjoy traveling, reading, the arts, riding bikes, photography and spending time with their children and grandchildren. Donna is a past president of the Junior League of Saint Paul and active member of Fairmount Avenue United Methodist Church.