Kasha Huntowski, '99
Major / Minor: Spanish/Business Administration
Organization: St. Mary's, St. Vincent, and St. Nicholas Hospitals
Job Title: Fund Development Manager
Why did you choose to go into your program of study?
I did not originally choose Spanish and Business Administration. When I started school I was going for Accounting and Computer Science. I had always loved Spanish in High School and was taking a class each semester when eventually I realized that it was something that I was naturally very good at and that I did not have many more credits to go for the degree.
When you began at UW-Green Bay, what did you expect for your future?
When I started out at UW - Green Bay I was not sure what I wanted or what to expect I just knew that I wanted to make a difference in the community someday.
Did you have a job/internship in your field while going to college that helped spark your interest?
As funny as it sounds to admit I had a few jobs in college that made me realize that I wanted to finish school just so I would not have to do them for the rest of my life. I try my best to see the positive side in everything and appreciate past jobs for helping motivate me to strive for better.
What were you involved in while a student at UW-Green Bay?
While in school I was always working full time which did not leave much time for clubs or organizations. When not in school or working I would spend time with my friends and family.
Where are you currently employed? Please describe your position.
I work at St. Mary's, St. Vincent & St. Nicholas Hospitals in Fund Development. My job is to Advance the mission of the Hospitals by developing significant growth in major philanthropic gifts. Develop and implement major gift prospect/donor management activities including identification, research, cultivation, and stewardship. Build positive long-term relationships between the hospitals and their donors. Develop, implement and manage communications as they relate to major gift and planned giving programs including any and all promotional materials, newsletters, case statements, correspondence, social media and other communication vehicles. Plan and coordinate appreciation programs for existing and potential donors. Arrange tours and introductions to hospital leadership. Ensure the appropriate receipt, acknowledgement and allocation of gifts received according to the requirements of the IRS and the donor. Maintain confidential information about prospects and donors in the Raiser's Edge database.
How do you keep in contact with other alumni?
The Alumni Newsletters and Facebook. I still keep in touch with lots of friends from college.
What advice would you have for a student wanting to enter your field?
Whether or not you go in to the field you studied for your interdisciplinary education at UW - Green Bay has prepared you to be a problem solver and a team player. If you decide you would like to go the non-profit route it is good to be well rounded. Most non-profits have a smaller staff and you will be asked to help with lots of tasks. In my career I have done marketing, hiring, training, contract negotiations, event planning, budgeting, billing, cold calling, etc. The larger variety of experiences you have the better.
Can we share your e-mail address on our website/can career services give it out to students inquiring about a job in your place of employment/field?
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