The Cherry Fund

Position: DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Position: CHAIR, BENEFICIARY COMMITTEE
Position: ON-SITE BOX OFFICE MANAGER
Position: WEBMASTER

Website: The Cherry Fund  / CHERRY DC

The 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.

CURRENT MANAGEMENT AREAS:

AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY: Development
* 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

AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY: Onsite Box Office Management
* Managed high volume registrations efficiently
* Handled all ticketing issues with tact and professionalism
* Managed Ticket Pickup Events
* Managed box office volunteers
* Worked with venues to ensure Smith registration and patron entrances

AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY: Website Management
* Post write ups and edits for organizational and signature event websites
* Draft site promotions, email newsletters, and online outreach campaigns
* Create, develop, and manage content for organizational and signature event websites
* Ensure websites are designed/deployed in a manner that is accessible/user-friendly
* Assure websites security + updates
* Maintained Organization and Event Websites(s)

PREVIOUS ROLES:

Partnership Chair (2014-2017)
* Created partnerships to increase attendance, ticket sales, and participation (volunteers)
* Created partnerships to increase reach in multiple media markets
* Created partnerships for various purposes including events and cultural programs
* Created partnerships for both Non-Profits Organizations and For Profit Businesses

Board Chairman (2005-2011)
* Develop organizational goals and objectives consistent with the mission
* Oversee all programs, services, and activities to ensure that program objectives are met
* Develop recommend, and monitor annual and other budgets
* Submit monthly financial statements to the Board of Directors
* Prepare and submit grant applications and funding proposals as appropriate
* Provide for adequate supervision and evaluation of all staff and volunteers
* Serve as chief liaison with press and media outlets

Volunteer Coordinator (2002-2004)
* 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

Accomplishments
* 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
* Funding: Increased government funding where none previously existed
* 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
* Codification: Created first ever Staffing Manuals: Board Manual, Volunteer Manual
* Codification: Created first ever Giveback and Partnership Manuals
* Codification: Created first ever Branding Bible