I'm Bonnie, the human behind Banyan Nonprofit Strategy.
I'm a former nonprofit-pro turned entrepreneur on a mission to help social good go-getters make the world a better place.
Thankfully, during my time in the nonprofit sector I learned a lot about how to move an organization's mission forward with the long term in mind.
And now - my mission is to help you put those tools in place at your organization. I am laser-focused on helping passionate, purpose-driven teams grow with intention.
For nearly a decade, I have been that “nonprofit do-it-all-er” - from positions in fundraising, to communications, and more than anything, to engaging an audience - you name it, I’ve done it.
I loved the meaning behind my work, but I really DIDN’T love feeling like I was constantly treading water. When you are a team of one or very few, everything feels vital and it can be extremely difficult to wade through the muck and stay focused on the big picture.
Worked in teams as small as 3 people, with annual budgets from $400,000 up to $20 million
In most roles, I've bridged the gap between fundraising, communications, and strategy, often as the only full time employee supporting these functions.
Between 2015 and 2019, I raised more than $1.25 million for the organizations I worked for, including more than $400,000 in grant funding in 2018-19 alone.
Earned the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential, the world's only accredited certification for philanthropic fundraising professionals, early in 2020.
Held roles at both nonprofits and grant-making foundations, giving me a unique perspective of how to message and connect with funders and donors.
Am always in the kitchen, testing out new recipes
Love a good competition reality TV show (hello, Top Chef... see above)
Am a big ole book worm
Dog mom to two wonderful mutts
Love to travel and adventure, preferably with my husband by my side!
Preferably with a healthy dose of humor mixed in.
(But not before coffee.)
And Michael Scott quotes usually offer great management lessons.
A free guide to customizing your message for different audiences. Whether its individuals, corporations, or grant funders - we have you covered!
Share your story with the right person at the right time in the right way to better connect with your audience and further your mission.