A key contributor in projects that have raised more than $50 million dollars for clients and employers, Lea Ann’s expertise includes strategy and implementation for major gift solicitations, grant funding and special events. Within the past year in Elmhurst, she successfully completed a Capital Campaign for the nearly $1 million initiative to build the Elmhurst Yorkfield Food Pantry that began in March 2014, broke ground on August 11, 2015 and opened to clients on January 2, 2016. She also advised and implemented the process that resulted in the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra successfully matching a $100,000 challenge grant in less than six months.
Lea Ann launched Dollars and Sense in 1997 with the goal of assisting small- and medium-sized nonprofits in achieving their fundraising goals. Since the founding of the firm, she has worked with more than 50 individual clients in civic engagement, higher education, the arts, environment, social services and health care.
On-line, she is the longest serving Expert for DonorPath, a Network for Good company, a start-up that offers virtual access to a consultant and wealth screening giving smaller organizations an affordable set of technology tools to deploy in fundraising. Her grantwriting achievements include a $10 million capital gift that built the Institute for Collaboration and a five-year $1.6 million award that underwrote PROJECT JUNTOS: Together Towards High Quality Professional Development for In-Service Teachers Who Serve English Language Learners
to assist six Illinois school districts in their work with bi-lingual students. She also secured and managed more than $1 million in Employer Training Investment Program funds for the Valley Industrial Association.
Lea Ann authored of ANNUAL for ALWAYS, an endowment program designed for middle income donors that allows them to support the current work of an organization while they build a permanent fund to sustain their passion. She utilized ANNUAL for ALWAYS
to build her first $10,000 endowment that is invested on behalf of Teen Parent Connection at the DuPage Foundation. The program has served as the catalyst to raise more than $500,000.
Her employment history in fundraising includes nine years at Elmhurst College where she reported directly to Ken Bartels. Her primary constituencies were corporations and foundations. She developed many enduring relationships while working at the College—relationships that helped with both the EYFP and ESO projects—and continue to this day.