Meet the Team: Kaitlin

The North Texas Giving Day team works hard year round to build the best and most useful training and incentives for the our nonprofit partners. We wouldn’t be able to accomplish either of these things without one our newest members to the team, our very own nonprofit and sponsorship champion Kaitlin! 

IMG_3021What is your role with North Texas Giving Day? Director of Sponsorships and Nonprofit Relations

How long have you been at CFT/with #NTxGivingDay?A whopping 9 weeks! I started on April 19th!

What makes you excited about #NTxGivingDay? The sense of community the Day inspires, bringing together non-profit organizations from diverse communities and cause areas across North Texas!

Your quintessential #NTxGivingDay moment (For those who did giving day in the past) For the past 5 years I have participated in North Texas Giving Day from a community-based nonprofit perspective. Each year we would try different approaches to the day testing our creative abilities. My favorite part, though is making personal calls to our donors on Giving Day, particularly the new donors and learning what drew them to our organization and their stories for why they gave. Many times, these new donors would become volunteers and ongoing investors in our work, and that was incredibly powerful!

What is one area of your job that you’re passionate about? Giving Day would not exist without our committed donors and nonprofit partners in North Texas. The stats are exciting, but I am most passionate about getting to know our donors and nonprofit partners, what draws them to participate in Giving Day, the missions they are working on day-in and day-out, and how donors propel those missions forward in meaningful ways.IMG_3822

What do you do when not at work? Jump on our trampoline with our 9-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son, take our black lab Royal to White Rock Lake, and chat with my husband in French (as much as I can) as he is trying to become a fluent French speaker.

What is your favorite #NTxGivingDay war room snack?  I have not had a chance to participate in the War Room yet, but I will be requesting peanut M&M’s!

Meet the Team: Susan

Maybe you met us at the kickoff events, talked to us on the phone, emailed back and forth with us, or maybe you haven’t met us at all! Well, here’s the perfect chance to learn more about your #NTxGivingDay Team, their roles, passions, hobbies, and more. Today, we are introducing our fearless #NTxGivingDay Chief Officer- Susan Swan Smith!

IMG_2839Role with North Texas Giving Day: Team Lead/Grand Poobah

How long you have been at Communities Foundation of Texas/with North Texas Giving Day: Since December 2010 – 6+ years @ CFT; in charge of giving day since October 2011

What makes you excited about #NTxGivingDay: The energy and inventiveness of the nonprofits! Watching the ticker go up on Giving Day!  This great team!  Seeing Trustees in t-shirts and mardi gras beads

Your quintessential #NTxGivingDay moment: George Tang’s annual war room appearance in costume near midnight; the incredible feeling of great teamwork.  Quintessential moment is when we all come together for the CFT staff photo.

Favorite North Texas activity/place:  other than Sonic?  NorthPark!  And anyplace where there are good friends and good coffee

One area of your job that you’re passionate about:  Making a difference in North Texas and beyond.

What do you do when not at work: sleep, run with my dog; listen to podcasts,  hang out with my [adult] kids