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AFP Member Spotlight

Emily Reed
How did you get started in fundraising, and how
many years have you worked in the profession?
August 2020 marked my eighth year as a professional
fundraiser. Growing up, I always knew I wanted a career
that helped others, but it never occurred to me that I
could have a career in the nonprofit sector until I got to
the University of Oklahoma and added the nonprofit
studies minor. I had to work my way through school,
so when the student call center in the annual giving
department was hiring, I applied. It paid better than oncampus food services, and I could do homework between
calls-I ended staying there for almost three years. As it
turns out, fundraising on the phone at that job was more
nerve-wracking than any tasks I do today!

Tell us about your current job and what you love
about it.
I am the fundraiser for the Jeannine Rainbolt College
of Education at the University of Oklahoma, and I also
serve on the University's senior leadership team for
the advancement division. As someone who was able
to graduate from college because of financial aid and
scholarships provided by the generosity of donors, it's
incredibly fulfilling to now play a part in making more
scholarships possible for OU students.

What has been your greatest accomplishment or
experience as a fundraiser?
I have helped build our college's Debt Free Teachers
program-a student loan forgiveness program for
our students who choose to teach in Oklahoma after
graduation-and raised more than $6 million for the
program. Like many states, Oklahoma has a shortage
of teachers and an even more significant shortage of
those who are certified through an accredited college of
education. This program not only impacts the teachers,
whose loans are forgiven thanks to the generosity of
donors, but also the Oklahoma children who get to learn
from certified educators. Thinking about the ripple
effects this program will have over the years to come
makes me proud to be involved.

How best can longstanding fundraising
professionals help those new to the profession?
For those longstanding professionals who manage
emerging leaders new to the field, I would recommend
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viewing them as a whole person, not just by what role
they have in your organization and their ability to meet
any pre-determined metrics. If, as a leader, you can see
and activate my other skills and passions, in addition to
my fundraising abilities, I'm far more likely to engage
meaningfully in my day-to-day work and stay with your
organization longer.

What new knowledge have you acquired as a 2020
Young Professional Award honoree that you plan to
apply throughout your career as a fundraiser?
Many of us have acquired or built new habits or gained
new perspectives during the COVID-19 pandemic
that we will take with us beyond this moment in time.
I am learning to protect my time and energy more
thoughtfully, so that I can be my best self professionally
and personally. This time has also allowed me to create
opportunities and forge new connections within the
fundraising sector. I'm also being more intentional about
turning down opportunities so that Black, Indigenous and
people of color can lend their voice and perspectives to
critical conversations about race and social justice.

What advice would you give to your fellow
emerging leaders?
OU's vice president of diversity and inclusion, Brenda
Hyppolite, Ph.D., recently said, "Be daring to go after
those things that are important to you and be willing to
not only create a space at the table ... but pull somebody
else to that table with you." It's up to us to build a
nonprofit sector and a world where historically silenced
voices are uplifted, particularly Black, Indigenous, and
people of color.
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