The Cherry Fund

Position: BOX OFFICE MANAGER (2016-2020)
Position: DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT (2016-2020)
Position: WEBMASTER (2016-2019)
Position: BENEFICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIR (2016-2019)
Position: PARTNERSHIP CHAIR (2014-2017)
Position: BOARD CHAIRMAN (2005-2011)
Position: VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR (2002-2004)

Website: The Cherry Fund  / CHERRY DC
Event Flyers:2005 / 2006 / 2007 / 2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011
Reference: Letter of Recommendation

CHERRY 2The Cherry Fund, established in 1996, and located in Washington, DC, is a not-for-profit independent, all-volunteer organization that serves as a spark to ignite the dance music community for a greater good. The Cherry Fund actively raises funds to support the HIV/AIDS service and prevention community via charity dance events. Over the years, CHERRY has collaborated with the biggest, most progressive names in dance music, to host some of the largest parties in the mid-Atlantic.

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Position: BENEFICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIR
* Create a slate of beneficiaries for possible funding

* Provide background information on beneficiaries to board as required
* Contact beneficiaries in regard to grant funding
* Ensure beneficiaries provide appropriate documentation when requested

Position: BOX OFFICE MANAGER
* Managed high volume registrations efficiently
* Handled all ticketing issues with tact and professionalism
* Managed ticket pickup events and welcome centers
* Work with venues on ticket pick up locations
* Managed box office staff and volunteers

Position: DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
* Develop short and long-term fundraising plans to meet the needs of the organization
* Implement the organization’s fundraising and outreach strategies for all funders
* Execute grant proposals and other funding requests
* Plan and implement activities that build awareness of the organization to funders
* Build and support board and committee participation in fundraising activities
* Maintain and expand a database of current and prospective donors
* Manage sponsor and donor benefits

Position: PARTNERSHIP COORDINATOR
* Created partnerships to increase attendance (ticket sales)
* Created partnerships to increase volunteer recruitment
* Created partnerships to increase event and organizational promotion
* Worked with both non-profit and for-profit partners

Position: VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
* Developed volunteer recruitment and retention plans
* Identified and implemented new methods to attract more volunteers
* Coordinated and run volunteer orientation meetings
* Created and manage complete volunteer schedule
* Motivated and evaluated the performance of volunteers for all events
* Plan and execute annual volunteer recognition events

Position: BOARD CHAIRMAN
* Work with the board fulfill the organization’s charitable mission
* Responsible for the overall financial health of the organization
* Responsible for creating and executing a viable and measurable development plan
* Responsible for overall operations of the organization and events
* Responsible for overall marketing, organizational promotion, and press outreach

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Organizational
* Website: Reformatted Talent Profiles to increase web traffic
* Website: Reformatted Media Section to increase web traffic
* Partners: Expanded partnership program to increase ticket sales in key markets
* Campaigns: Created first “Testing for Tickets” Campaign to promote more HIV Testing
* Campaigns: Created The Cherry Fund’s first Safe Sex / Mental Health Social Media
* Campaign to increase HIV/AIDS Testing as well as promoted Mental Health Resources
* Raised Government Funding from a wide range of agencies
* Funds raised from DC’s Economic Development, Health, and Entertainment Offices
* Codification: Created first ever Staffing Manuals: Board Manual, Volunteer Manual
* Codification: Created first ever Giveback and Partnership Manuals
* Codification: Created first ever Branding Bible