Focus Session – Big Results with a Small Staff – Blending Traditional & Modern Fundraising Campaign Strategies for Small Organizations

Big Results with a Small Staff – Blending Traditional & Modern Fundraising Campaign Strategies for Small Organizations

Speakers – Catherine Collins, Executive Director of Sound Experience
                      Zach Simonson-Bond, Development & Communications Coordinator

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Nonprofit Sound Experience, which owns and operates the 99 year-old schooner Adventuress, has successfully run their 29 Dollars, 29 Days: Getting Kids on the Boat fundraising campaign for two consecutive years.  Learn how, with a small staff and passionate Board, Sound Experience was able to reach their community through traditional and online outreach – and raise roughly $60,000 both years.

Catherine Collins

Catherine has over two decades in non-profit fundraising and management, and has worked with youth development organizations such as Outward Bound and City Year.  She spent a decade helping to develop strong local economies throughout the U.S. with ACCION USA – a subsidiary of worldwide microfinance leader ACCION International.  A native of Massachusetts, Catherine grew up sailing Cape Cod waters.  Her interest in environmental work aboard ships was sparked many years ago as a volunteer educator aboard the Sloop Clearwater on New York’s Hudson River.  Catherine received her MBA from Seattle University in 2001, and was a finalist for the Earnst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the category of Education/Nonprofit for founding Clickerz, a summer technology camp for children from low- to moderate-income families.  She currently serves on the board of the Environmental Education Association of Washington (EEAW) and Seattle University’s Entrepreneurship Center.  Like many involved in Sound Experience, Catherine followed her son to the organization, as he was a participant and then for several years a Ship’s Apprentice.

Zach Simonson-Bond


Zach has joined the “Office Watch” after four seasons aboard Adventuress working as an Educator/Deckhand, Bosun, and Winter Volunteer. Recently graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Communication, Zach has taken on the role of “Development Associate” and is excited to fundraise for Sound Experience. As a recipient of the University of Washington’s Jody Deering Nyquist Award for Excellence in Public Speaking, Zach loves speaking with individuals and crowds to get people excited about Adventuress. Zach has also crafted Sound Experience’s presence on social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Blogger. Raised in Coupeville, WA, Zach now calls Port Townsend home and enjoys sailing, hiking, biking, photography and a little cinematography on the side.


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