Meet Sarah Trudeau of Wisconsin Humane Society
YNPN Milwaukee's May Featured Member
What is your experience in the nonprofit sector?
I began working at the YMCA in my hometown when I was in high school and helped fund raise for my swim team. While in college, I began as an adoption counselor at the Wisconsin Humane Society. In 2012, I transitioned to the Development department and have been here ever since. My current responsibilities include managing our donor database, mailing schedule, monthly donors and a portfolio of mid-level donors.
What is your favorite nonprofit event or program?
I am a huge foodie, especially vegetarian cuisine, so I love Feasting for Fido, which is a fundraising event for WHS. It is held every July and features amazing vegetarian dishes from some of Milwaukee's best restaurants. Guests are able to stroll through the shelter and meet some of our adorable available animals, all while enjoying the delicious dishes.
Who do you look up to as a professional mentor or role model?
Our CEO, Anne Reed, is a role model for me. She brings a wealth of knowledge from the public sector, that I feel has propelled WHS to become one of the animal welfare leaders across the nation. Since her start with WHS, we have opened our brand new Ozaukee Campus building, acquired our Racine campus and opened a high-volume spay/neuter clinic in West Allis. All the while, we have remained financially stable and a top Charity Navigator organization! One of the most important lessons I have learned from her is to always be open to new ideas.
How has networking proven beneficial to you?
I'm relatively new to Milwaukee and find it can sometimes be difficult to meet new people, especially in the non-profit sector. The networking events have allowed me to connect with other non-profit professionals and gain valuable insights.
How did you become involved with YNPN Milwaukee?
I first attended a presentation at the Burke Foundation and found it really beneficial. The speaker, Deanna Singh, shared some great ideas, that I still use! The networking hour was far less intimidating that others I have attended, I just knew this was a group I needed to be a part of!
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