Get to know Abbi Leinwand Haggerty, Director of Development for the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence (PNE) – this week’s ConnectVA Spotlight, and make sure to come out to Urban Farmhouse (Scott’s Addition) to hear her talk about the Fundraising Profession at our YNPN RVA Table Talk on 6/2!
Tell us about yourself.
Hi! I’m Abbi Leinwand Haggerty, Director of Development for the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence (PNE). I have been with PNE since August and previously held development positions at John Tyler Community College, Richmond CenterStage, and the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa, FL. I just completed my Ph.D. at VCU (Go Rams!) where I also earned an M.P.A. My bachelor’s degree in political science and history is from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!).
What is the focus of your work, the need you are addressing?
PNE is focused on helping nonprofit organizations, professionals, and volunteers do their best work in the most meaningful ways. We offer a variety of resources to achieve this mission, including professional and leadership development opportunities, governance training, organizational assessments, volunteer management, information sharing, and networking. My job is to direct PNE’s fundraising efforts so that these community-enriching programs receive the financial support they need to remain accessible and affordable for our participants while maintaining their reputation for exceptional quality.
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
To accomplish our work, PNE collaborates with many other nonprofits as well as public and for-profit organizations. Through these partnerships, I have the privilege of meeting and working with some of the most talented and passionate people in our community who are working together to have a positive impact on the quality of life for all of us. I am inspired everyday by the people who come through our doors to learn and grow and by the people who volunteer their time to improve the spaces where we live, work, and play.
What are some challenges you have faced and how you handled them?
There is so much going on at PNE! Having been in this position for less than a year, I still learn something new almost every day about our programs—new resources available on ConnectVA; volunteer projects that HandsOn Greater Richmond is coordinating; innovative classes that Nonprofit Learning Point is offering; and Standards for Excellence workshops taught by Organizational Solutions. There’s no better way than to learn first-hand, so I try to participate in as many of our programs as possible so I can better share the stories of the impact that they have on our community with PNE’s investors.
What’s coming next for your organization that really excites you?
I am very excited to participate in the YNPN RVA Table Talk this week to share my thoughts on the fundraising profession and the research I did for my dissertation about the turnover intentions of development professionals. Over the next few months, I’m also looking forward to attending the graduation ceremony for our Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program, sitting in on a Building Blocks for Nonprofit Board Members training, and signing up for a HandsOn Day project. This job keeps me busy!
What do you value most about the ConnectVA platform or program initiatives?
ConnectVA’s job postings led me to PNE when the opening for my position was advertised, but my appreciation for ConnectVA goes much further than that initial connection. On the newly launched website, the Community Vital Signs tool offers a wealth of information for grant writing; the Resource Library directs me to informative webinars about leading fundraising practices; and the Business Directory helps me know what companies work with nonprofit organizations in the region. In addition to the useful tools on the website, I’ve enjoyed attending and meeting new friends at the Top 40 Under 40 Nonprofit Spotlight event and the Social Media Conference for Nonprofits. ConnectVA is truly a community connector.
Anything else you would like to share?
If you haven’t had a chance to participate in a PNE program, or you’re interested in learning more about the work we do, I’d love to talk to you. Come join us at the Table Talk on Tuesday or send me an email!