Administrators Forum: Ditch the Box- A Study of One Non-Profit’s Inventive Approach to Fundraising

Administrators Forum – Monday, February 25

Ditch the Box: A Study of One Non-Profit’s Inventive Approach to Fundraising

Nicole Capossela, Chief Development Officer, Team Rubicon

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In 2010 two Marines bypassed conventional avenues to stage a backdoor humanitarian aid effort into earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Wanting to continue the work when they returned stateside, they created Team Rubicon, a non profit disaster response organization designed to get help on the ground fast following natural disasters, and simultaneously repurpose the skills of military veterans. Team Rubicon (TR) has since expanded from its initial four-man team to a 90,000-strong national and international volunteer force. The organization now boasts an impressive $30-35 million per year budget and donors that range from individual supporters to corporate sponsors, such as T-Mobile and Home Depot.

What spurred such rapid growth?

Join us for a chat with TR’s Chief Development Officer Nicole Capossela. Highly experienced in both corporate and non profit fundraising, Nicole will discuss the implementation of the out-of-the-box strategies that contributed to TR’s tremendous success, and how they can be adapted for organizations of any size.


Nicole Capossela

Nicole Capossela received her undergraduate degree from George Washington University and a master’s degree in Public Administration – Nonprofit Management from George Mason University. She began her work in the nonprofit sector at the Assassination Archives and Research Center in Washington, DC. Later, she worked for the National Rifle Association as part of the development leadership team that built the NRA Office of Advancement. After 10 years, she moved to Los Angeles to join the University of California, Los Angeles. Nicole served as Executive Director of Development focusing on Regional and Individual Giving during UCLA’s $4.2 billion Centennial Campaign. After serving as the Senior Vice President of Account Service at Ackerman McQueen, she is transitioning back to fundraising as Chief Development Officer for disaster response organization Team Rubicon.



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