Katie Gardella has joined Monadnock United Way as the Resource Development Director. Gardella’s role will be to grow MUW’s fundraising capabilities, helping address the region’s most pressing needs for children, education and financial stability.
Gardella, who was on the MUW board of directors for several years, stepped down from that role in July to serve as Interim Resource Development Director. This month she takes on the position full-time.
“Katie is adept at translating her national fundraising expertise into systems that are highly successful at the local level,” said Liz LaRose, president of Monadnock United Way. “Since becoming interim director of resource development last July, she has played an invaluable role in developing fundraising strategies that will support our mission and growth. We are thrilled to have Katie join MUW as a permanent member of our team!”
“I am so pleased to be taking on the role of Resource Development Director!” Gardella said. “I have had many roles with MUW – volunteer, allocator, board member – and now I get to continue to make an impact by helping MUW raise and diversify funding. My goal for the next year is to meet and thank as many donors and supporters of MUW as possible and to let them know how their support makes a difference in our community.”
Prior to joining MUW, Gardella served as a fundraising consultant for many years, founding Prosper Fundraising Strategies in 2008. Her clients included Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center and The River Center. Previously, Gardella was a senior consultant with the fundraising consulting firm MajorGiving.com, located in Winchester, VA, where she helped public radio stations across the country launch and grow major gift programs. Her non-profit experience includes work as Major Gifts Director at KPLU Public Radio in Seattle, WA, and as Major Gifts Director at the Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, WA. She also worked on the development staffs of the National Parks Conservation Association and the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
Gardella has taught numerous fundraising sessions on major gift fundraising and development planning. She has also been a presenter at numerous fundraising and development conferences.
Gardella is on the board of the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship. Previously, she was on the board of Giving Monadnock and chaired the organization’s development committee.
She lives in Jaffrey with her husband, Peter Straus, and two cats Pierre and Aster.