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about

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The basics
For more than 20 years, Cesie has been working with non-profits and churches to increase and celebrate generosity.

She has worked with organizations and congregations to raise over $3,000,000 through grant writing, direct appeal letters, and stewardship campaigns.

Her Inspiring Generosity blog has helped hundreds of clergy and lay people learn about fundraising and overcome their fear of asking for money.

And...she loves thanking donors.

Cesie’s been featured…
on the Lewis Center for Church Leadership’s “Leading Ideas” Podcast, Generosity Lab Podcast and led the United Methodist Discipleship Ministries webinar, "Grant Writing 101: Launching Projects & Ministries that Make a Difference." Her blogs have been reprinted in e-newsletters for the Grow Report, Lewis Center for Church Leadership, Luther Seminary Center for Stewardship Leaders, and the United Methodist Foundation of New England.

A sampling of her clients
Family Building Blocks

Children's Educational Theatre

Liberty House

Pentacle Theatre

Assistance League of Salem-Keizer

Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

Life before development work
Cesie directed the Volunteer and Public Service Center at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. At Willamette University she was the Director of Student Activities and taught in the World Views program.

Life outside of work
In her free time, Cesie watches way too many home improvement shows. She likes movies, podcasts, and lifting a light kettle bell. She has a great spouse, two fun adult children, and JayD, a fabulous but not-so-smart Labrador retriever.

It is the heart that does the giving;
it is only the finger that lets go.
— Nigerian proverb