Do you have bold, beautiful and radical dreams but limited resources?
Are you brilliant at what you do, but in need of help building a sustainable foundation and getting to the next level?
INTEGRATED COMMUNICATIONS, FUNDRAISING + STRATEGY
Telling your story about the struggle for justice and the new world you want to build, creating high-impact campaigns and distributed activist networks, and acquiring committed grassroots donors is hard work, especially in this political and economic environment. That's where I can help.
I'm the senior level communications/development director you don't yet have. The cool-headed digital-savvy pro who has spent decades helping to build organizations and social movements, and who can provide strategic insights, mentor staff, help you acquire and upgrade donor-activists, and build infrastructure—and even make it fun.
— WHAT I DO —
COMMUNICATIONS, FUNDRAISING AND STRATEGY
Concept and creation: over 2 million views in multiple languages.
Engagement + influencer campaign
The Nation magazine called Gaza Names the most impactful video of 2014.
Digital, print and major donor fundraising
Acquisition, retention, upgrades, infrastructure.
Portland State University: settler colonialism and white supremacy.
Training and mentoring
Political messaging, narrative and political change.
Campaign strategy + implementation
Gamechanging direct action: global media, op-eds in 100 + outlets.
Digital advocacy campaigns
Video + campaign: Israeli teenaged conscientious objectors. 65k + list growth.
Video concept and creation: 400k + views.
— SOME PLACES WHERE I'VE SPOKEN —
How I Work
Though I work on specific projects and campaigns, I mostly work on retainer with a few groups at a time, for a limited period of time. Our work should be fun, set you up for growth, increase your funding base, and leave your organization more powerful than when we started. Once you contact me, we'll have an exploratory conversation to see if it's a good match. I'll put together a proposal and will happily meet with your organization's leaders to answer questions.
— LOVE —
I'll never forget how grateful I was when I called you because eleven Muslim students in Irvine were to face criminal charges for protesting about Palestine. Your "can do" attitude made me feel like we had the power to succeed. Your work on that campaign led to some of the most amazing solidarity between Muslims and Jews in our movement.
You are the kind of organizer who understands that success comes from building others up and building teams that last.
Rachel Roberts, Civil Rights Attorney
You can get crippled old men to throw away their crutches and dance, get repressed bureaucrats to put down their dossiers and sing operatic arias... Some of the proudest moments of my life have occurred when you focused your extraordinary powers in my direction and got me to do things that I never could have dreamed I would do.
Wallace Shawn, actor and playwright
I've known Cecilie for more than 15 years. I've always admired how she creates a lasting relationship with her clients. She is gifted in writing, speaking, analyzing, visualizing, conceiving a project or continuing a project. She is a woman so well-read that she is able to anticipate what audiences need in your campaigns. I trust her values wholeheartedly and I know she delivers! You'll want her on your team once you meet her.
Pilar Gonzales, former nonprofit CEO Changemakers and VP of Development for Global Fund for Women.
Cecilie is incredibly knowledgeable about social media for non-profit organizations and health research projects. Her sophisticated understanding about reaching broad and segmented audiences with nuanced and strategic messaging is breathtaking. Even more impressive is her ability to relay the information in ways that are digestible for folks who are not already very familiar with social media. Gaining insight from Cecilie is such a worthwhile investment.
Micah Lubinsky, PhD, The Pride Study
Cecilie's creativity, knowledge, and deep sense of empathy helped our staff and board to align our collective voice to revamp our communications and reach new audiences.
Karolo Aparicio, EcoViva
Your enthusiasm is a mysticalpoliticalpassion of possibility...an instigator of courage
Eve Ensler, playwright and activist
Her creativity and voice have brought our appeals to a whole new level.
Carla Jackson, ChangeLab Solutions
The passion you bring to this work, and the brilliance and creativity of how you think about the role of communications in our advocacy, the stories we tell and how we touch people has been so inspiring and exciting to me.
Naomi Dann, ACLU NY
You have taught me so much about your craft but also, and even more critically in my life, you've taught me so much about how to be audacious and bold and powerful in my own.
Stefanie Fox, JVP
THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH for all your amazing work…
You have truly shifted our understanding of fundraising, and have been a great inspiration to all of us!
Lam Nguyen Ho, CALA Chicago