Roxanne McGettigan, our new Director of Donor Relations, has been working with non-profits for the last twenty years. After attending Austin College in Sherman, Texas, Roxanne put her education in sociology, psychology, and communication to work for the good of others. When a conversation with a friend introduced her to the work of the Symmes, she began doing her research and set up a meeting with Libby. It’s amazing what the power of word of mouth can do for organizations like ours. We are so grateful and thrilled to be working with Roxanne as our new Director of Donor Relations, and we knew all our supporters would want to meet her too.
What role will you fill for the Caroline Symmes Cancer Endowment?
My official title is Director of Donor Relations. What that means for my day to day work is that I’ll be responsible for building and maintaining rapport with our current donors while also reaching out to other potential people interested in contributing to the amazing work David and Libby are doing for pediatric cancer research. Ultimately, I’ll be covering a lot of the administrative work so that Libby can spend more time planning events to bring recognition to our efforts. I’ll also be updating the details of our mailing list, creating a donor page for the website, and revamping the newsletter. As I settle into this position, I’ll begin connecting with the people who support us throughout the year to congratulate them on their achievements as it’s important to ensure that we’re doing everything we can to build genuine relationships.
What work have you done in the past to prepare you for this new adventure?
I’ve had a lot of experience helping organizations create more value in their sponsorship packages—essentially beefing up the tangible benefits of donating. I’ll also be developing the documents necessary to share our organizations mission with potential donors, so we always have those on hand for the events and opportunities we encounter. This is something I’ve done many times in my past working with non-profits.
What do you think is the most important aspect of the endowment to share with others?
Honestly, what struck me when I scheduled my first meeting with Libby is the sincerity and generosity of the endowment’s efforts. It’s a powerful thing to take grief and turn it into something positive for others and I’m really excited to be a part of helping others to see the great work we’ve engaged in and will continue to do. It’s my goal to help increase the amount of money the endowment donates to Riley every year. Right now, we donate $250,000 dollars annually—I want to find actionable and sustainable ways to grow that sum.
We know Roxanne’s passion and experience will translate beautifully to the work we’re already doing. Having her on our team is a great new step for the endowment that will not only help us increase our visibility but also give us more ideas and momentum toward achieving our vision of a pediatric cancer research center at Riley Hospital. Stay tuned for the next big thing and how you can help!