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Renee Fitzgerald, M.A., CFRE

Renee Fitzgerald, Managing Partner, The Compass GroupManaging Partner

Renee C. Fitzgerald brings her abundant positive energy and over a dozen years of nonprofit experience to customize strategy for each client. She utilizes her hands-on personalized approach to create success for nonprofit organizations in achieving their goals in fundraising, strategic planning and board development.

Renee’s fundraising focus is on capital campaigns by offering comprehensive campaign planning services including feasibility studies and campaign management. Working one-on-one with executive directors, director of developments and board members, Mrs. Fitzgerald creates fundraising plans that outline individual strategies and approaches for donors, resulting in successful cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. Capital campaign clients include Boys and Girls Club of Southwest County ($17 million), Junior Achievement of San Diego ($5 million), Colorado Rocky Mountain Schools ($10 million) and Bozeman Schools Foundation ($12 million).

Through conducting the organizational strategic planning process, Mrs. Fitzgerald leads clients to set goals and objectives to develop a multi-year plan as well as implement action items to achieve goals, often facilitating a large organizational change in culture. Strategic planning clients include San Diego Architectural Foundation and the Chula Vista Nature Center.

Her significant experience with nonprofit board development includes conducting board retreats, trainings and recruitment of new board members. Mrs. Fitzgerald works with the board executive committee to identify, recruit, orient and train new board members. Board development clients include San Diego Foundation Arts and Culture Working Group, International Community Foundation and the Planning and Conservation League.

Mrs. Fitzgerald currently serves on the Alumni Board of the University of San Diego and the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. As an instructor at University of California, San Diego Extension and the University of San Diego, Mrs. Fitzgerald teaches fundraising and strategic planning, and regularly speaks at conferences. Her fundraising articles are regularly published in the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ publication, Advancing Philanthropy.

Renee holds a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego and a Certificate in Fundraising and Development from University of California, San Diego.

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