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ABOUT STEPHANIE THOMAS, CFRE

Stephanie Thomas, CFRE has over twenty years of professional fundraising experience.  Prior to launching Stetwin Consulting, Stephanie served as President of Susan Ulin Associates Ltd., a 28-year old consulting firm that specializes in event management for nonprofit organizations.  She joined the firm in 1995 where she advised a broad spectrum of organizations, coordinating both inaugural and annual benefits.   The events organized by Stetwin Consulting generated an aggregate of over $20 million in 2015.  

Stephanie has served as the lead Senior Account Executive on a number of events and has trained, supervised and overseen account representatives for hundreds of others.  Under her leadership, Stetwin Consulting undertakes responsibility for all event activities, including, but not limited to, fund raising strategy, integration of events with major gift efforts, site and vendor selection, prospect research, budget and timeline management, development of print communications, list management, serving as liaison with event leadership, record keeping, follow up to solicitations, financial reporting and on-site management of the event.   Stetwin works effectively with boards of directors, event committees, business leaders, foreign dignitaries, society figures and celebrities as well as with event venues, caterers, designers, security details, auction, entertainment and other professional services.

Prior to joining Susan Ulin Associates, Stephanie served as Coordinator, Institutional Giving for the American Red Cross in Greater New York and as Prospect Researcher for the United Negro College Fund's Campaign 2000, a $250 million capital campaign.  She received her master’s degree in nonprofit management from New School University, her bachelor’s degree from New York University and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).  

Throughout her career, Stephanie has consistently volunteered to give back to the non-profit fundraising community.  She currently serves on the board of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York.  She recently completed over a decade of board service to the Association of Fundraising Professionals, New York City chapter, including two years as board president.  She is a former member of the Committee on Directorship for the international Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Nonprofit Excellence Awards Selection Committee and the Women in Development, New York board.  Stephanie is a regular speaker at workshops throughout New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut.


What people are saying:

Working with Stephanie Thomas was a delight.  Our organization's event "grew up" thanks in large part to her guidance and savvy.  Stephanie is a true fundraising expert, and the dedication she brought had a deep impact on our organization and our students.  – Director of Development

Dear Fellow Trustees: Last week I met with Stephanie Thomas of Stetwin Consulting. Not only was I inspired by our meeting, but I was quite favorably impressed and invigorated that I can indeed do more with different, perhaps new gentle approaches for my contacts. Not only does she arm you with new ideas, she also will gather some new takeaways, which she can think about in a different way to incorporate in our fund raising efforts. She is a terrific resource in our midst.   – Board Member