My name is Mary Dillon Kerwin and I founded Blue Strike in 2013 to provide straightforward solutions to nonprofit organizations looking to improve their fundraising. Believing that all staff and volunteers can be effective fundraisers, I advise organizations to use cost effective, proven methods of reaching donors; to invest in training their staff and volunteers in solid skills and techniques; and to leverage existing resources, rather than buying expensive gimmicks.
I started out in 1987 raising funds for United Way in Ann Arbor, Michigan and discovered that I loved connecting donors with good causes. My career led me to the national office of United Way where I had the opportunity to work with fundraisers all across the country identifying and sharing best practices. I eventually moved to the development office of The Campagna Center, a local charitable organization serving low-income children and then onto the National Women's Law Center where I raised funds to establish a permanent endowment. Most recently, I worked for five years until 2013 for the Nobel-prize winning organization Physicians for Social Responsibility.
I enjoy working with board members, executive directors and development staff at every level to set up and carry out fundraising campaigns. When people are passionate about an issue and dedicated to their organization, with a little encouragement and guidance, they can be successful fundraisers.