Summar y over 22 years of achievement in corporate and foundation fundraising, cause marketing and special events

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Sona Chambers

3085 Osborne Road

Atlanta, GA 30319

Cell [678] 612-7474


Over 22 years of achievement in corporate and foundation fundraising, cause marketing and special events.

Excellent communication skills and ability to build partnerships.

Strong education and experience in nonprofit management public affairs, and governmental regulation.


Vice President, Development and Marketing, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (January 2007 to present)

Developed Communications, Marketing and Fundraising strategy for statewide organization chaired by Celebrity Activist and Philanthropist Jane Fonda.

Organized all fundraising special events with celebrity talent including Ludacris, Martina Navratilova, Tommy Lee, Peter Fonda, Bridget Fonda, Big Boi, Dallas Austin, Vivica A. Fox, and others to raise $1.2M in operating funds annually

Planned and executed special cause marketing events with David Yurman, Ralph Lauren, Blue Med Spa, IKEA, and other well-known corporations to raise revenue for G-CAPP while building brand awareness for corporate partners.

Developed Capital Campaign for G-CAPP Carrera Program that raised $2.4M while tying campaign to Jane Fonda’s 70th Birthday Celebration with Bonnie Raitt Performing.

Identify and Cultivate Relationships to further the Mission of the Organization with Corporations, Foundations, High Net Worth Individuals, for value in-kind and cash contributions.

Director of Development (Acting), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (April 2006 to Dec. 2006)

Associate Director of Development, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (April 2003 to April 2006)

Raise program funds and 40% of $8.5 M operating funds from foundations, corporations, and high net worth individuals. Organize special events with former US Presidents, major sports networks, entertainers, and national business/conservation leaders to raise operating funds for the foundation while honoring them for their conservation work in support of national strategy.

Developed, prospected and raised $2.4 M capital campaign for Puerto Rican Parrot Aviary and Recovery Effort including cause marketing campaign with Burger King and Wal-Mart.

Develop and implement tailored fundraising strategies in support of RD’s, Program Directors and ED.

Build and maintain key relationships with national, regional, and local nonprofits, corporate & foundation funders, government leaders, board members and other high net worth individuals.

Developed cause marketing campaigns with Orvis, Tesoro, and other well-known corporate brands

Manage staff, volunteers, and vendors for all fundraising events. Set goals and coach for performance.

Identify and attend forums where a foundation leadership is helpful. Represent Foundation at conferences, advisory committees, and symposiums.

Makes grant recommendations and provides grant management support to enhance the national strategy.
Sona Chambers (page two)

Executive Director, Captain Planet Foundation, Turner Foundation. Inc ( April 2001 to April 2003)

Executive Director, Captain Planet Foundation, TBS, Inc. Corporate Fdn. (1998 to April 2001)

Planned and implemented fundraising mission and activities of corporate foundation. Raise funds for endowment from other foundations and corporations. First person to raise funding from outside Turner family of companies. Build meaningful relationships that encourage others to invest in Foundation. Write all proposals. Increased endowment 43% in 2000.

Directed first profitable fundraising event for Foundation. Directed two of Laura Turner Seydel’s X-MAS Parties, raising over $1M dollars.

Developed International giving program in Brazil, Canada, Columbia, and Romania. Develop and manage budget for both International and Domestic programs. Expanded programs in Latin America.

Develop partnerships with other for profit and nonprofit organization’s to raise awareness of foundation. Coordinate Special Events and led the effort to complete them. Refinanced corpus. Increase interest revenue ten-fold.

Manage Program Coordinator and core volunteer staff of 10. Set goals and coach for performance. Developed position requirements and completed an annual performance evaluation through collaborative effort.

Developed Green Building Partnership with over 60 vendors and Georgia Department of Parks and Wildlife. Advised Georgia Parks architectural and engineering staff on building green building for park personnel at the Okefenokee State Park. Worked with Betsy Petit of Building Science Corporation to develop green building under LEED certification program.

Developed model green building house with Professional Builders Magazine as show house for International Builders Show. Partnered with over 60 green building vendors and government and NGO groups to showcase house at building trade show Auctioned house after show as fundraiser.

Worked with developer to build and showcase 0 Energy Home at Atlanta Home Show. Developed partnerships with numerous vendors, trade show organizers, Southface Energy Institute and US Department of Energy.

Created model green building to showcase at Mall in Washington, DC. Coordinated all fundraising, building, and permitting for demonstration home.

Expand board of trustees and create advisory board. Cultivate, recruit and orient new members. Develop strategic plan in line with Board’s vision.

Coordinate media and governmental relations. Develop and implement marketing materials. Received Council on Foundations Excellence in Communication award for corporate foundation website and fundraising brochure.

Re-designed and re-launched two websites. Went from 700 page views/month to 77,000/month.

Project Manager, Senior Community Outreach Specialist US EPA Region 5 Project Office (1990 to 1998)

Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. (1990 to 1994), Earth Tech (1994 to 1998), Bloomington, Indiana

As employee of government contractor, managed community relations and outreach for Region 5 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency beginning in 1990. Serve as Project Manager for eight-site PCB cleanup action. Develop and administer $480,000 annual budget. Monitor expenses and provide EPA with monthly documentation and reports.

Administer public information center. Design, develop, and produce information materials including fact sheets, responsiveness summaries, public relations plans, and brochures. Prepare public service announcements and press releases. Respond to individual inquiries. Research and assess community concerns, and prepare and conduct public site tours, presentations, exhibits, and hearings in response. Office has been so successful that it has become the model for similar satellite offices throughout the nation.

Sona Chambers (page three)

Establish communication and maintain liaison with city officials, state legislators, members of Congress, the media, and a variety of governmental agencies. Provide technical support and write position papers for EPA Region 5 Project Manager/Engineer. Successfully established conflict resolution program with stakeholders.

Developed survey instrument used by Indiana University Center for Survey Research to conduct major telephone survey. Wrote up and published results as Public Perception at the Bloomington Sites (1992). Have written and presented four other papers related to public participation patterns at Superfund sites and to the public's perception of risk. Papers have subsequently been published in Proceedings of conferences.

Supervise as many as nine permanent and temporary employees. Oversee work of outside graphic designers and printing staff. Reduced costs while increasing staff size and productivity.

Conducted risk assessment for a National Priorities List cleanup site using EPA PCB exposure model and @Risk. Carried out fieldwork including soil and water sampling at Coosa River Army Annex, Oxford, Alabama.

Technical Expert on Environmental Issues for Army/Navy Clients

Comarco, Engineering Services Division, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky (As needed, 6/96-3/97)

Write EAs for client NEPA compliance & QAPPs for CERCLA compliance. Manage PA/SIs and site assessments for CERCLA, RCRA, & TSCA compliance. Conduct audits of quality procedures and make suggestions for product improvement.

Wrote and implemented quality control manuals for Navy wastewater treatment plant projects and assisted clients implement E4, an EPA quality system that parallels ISO 9000.

Other Technical Experience

Lecturer at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Have written and presented numerous papers related to public outreach at Superfund sites and to the public's perception of risk at national conferences

. Make extensive use of PC tools including Gifts and Powerpoint, Minitab, Lotus 1-2-3, Excel, GIS using ARC Info, @Risk, and several risk assessment models.

Volunteered daily two summers at FWS in Bloomington, Indiana conducting field research on avian species at Superfund sites for NRDA.

Proprietor (1994 to 1998)

Cona's Espresso, Bloomington, Indiana

With partner owned and operated Seattle-style espresso cart located at Indiana University.

Negotiated food and beverage vendor contracts. Catered events for 600+. Developed accounting procedures using Quick Books software. Marketed and promoted business using the media and customer referrals. Sold business for three times purchase price.

Proprietor (1990 to 1998)

Lavryn, Bloomington, Indiana

Renovate HUD homes for resale, one every 12 to 18 months.

Community Outreach and Development Specialist (1989 to 1990)

American Heart Association, Bloomington, Indiana

Oversaw promotion of planned and special giving for American Heart Association chapter. Managed special fund raising events such as the annual Heart Ball. Served as agency's liaison with legislators and government officials. Established Boards of Directors for eight different counties.

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Community Outreach and Development Specialist (1986 to 1988)

WNET/Thirteen, Newark, New Jersey Implemented community outreach for major urban public television station. Helped conduct station's development and fund raising programs. Met with state legislators to promote increased funding for two Emmy award-nominated shows, Current and Innovation. Developed and maintained database of corporate and community organizations.


Master of Science in Environmental Science (1996)

School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington Ranked #3 in Nation

Completed forty-eight semester hour graduate degree in Environmental Science while working full-time. Concentrated on Risk Assessment and Community Involvement.

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (1986)

Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

Earned Interdisciplinary Studies undergraduate degree in multi-campus program coordinated by the University of North Carolina. Took significant work in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Employed full-time as Pharmacy Technician throughout entire college career.

Earned Women's Studies Certificate (1985) during junior-year program at Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Achieved 3.8 grade point average. Received Marjorie Schoepps Scholarship.

Served as President of Association for Women Students during senior year. Increased membership by 700%. Led highly successful fund raising effort producing $10,700 compared to $78 raised during previous year.

Professional Affiliations and Nonprofit Boards

House of Lynn Cancer Support Center, Board of Directors (June 2006 to present) Set up organization as 501c3 and develop board of directors.

. Oglethorpe University Art Museum, Board of Directors, (January 2006 to January 2008) Attend board meetings and drive new members to the museum.

Council on Foundations (1998 to 2006) attended all conferences and workshops as a member.

Centers for Disease Control Foundation Board of Visitors (1998 to present) Member and attendee to all special events of the CDC Foundation.

Youth Communication, Metro Atlanta (1999 to 2002) Serve on Board of Trustees and as Fundraising Committee Chair

Girls, Inc (1997-1999) Served on Board of Trustees and as Co-Chair, Program Committee.

United Nations Global 500 Nominee (2000)

Business for Social Responsibility TBS/Time Warner Liaison for Corporate Social Responsibility (1998 to 2001)

Association for Fundraising Professionals formerly NSFRE (1988 to 2007)

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