meridian herman

marketing + communications professional

Fundraising & Development


Colorado "I Have a Dream"® Foundation: Development

As an AmeriCorps*VISTA at Colorado "I Have a Dream"® Foundation, I served under the Development Director. Through my work with CIHAD, I conceptualized, developed and facilitated marketing and development activities including: revamping and maintaining the CIHAD website and creating marketing/recruitment materials for funders and class sponsors. Additionally, I coordinated fundraising events, wrote grants and solicited donations, educated communities and groups about CIHAD through networking and other public relations activities, and researched educational and socioeconomic issues. As a VISTA, my goal was to build organizational capacity and sustainability. The following are highlights of some of my success in these endeavors: 


Development Highlights
  • collaborated with board members, CIHAD Development Director, and local business owners to create fundraising events at Denver hotspots; raising over a million dollars for Dreamer programming and emergencies
  • created all marketing materials for the 20th Anniversary Gala
  • furthered technology progression and sustainability by researching software, hardware, and low-cost/low-maintenance equipment, and creating cost-benefit analyses
  • secured $25,000 donation based on an unconventional fundraiser involving rock climbers
  • obtained $15,000 in funds for CIHAD through grants
  • obtained donations from 13 different businesses for National “I Have a Dream”® Foundation Dreamer Conference 
  • redesigned and launched new CIHAD website, incorporating new ideas to utilize website more effectively meeting needs of potential and current donors and volunteers, Dreamers and their families and other researchers/educators
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