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Susan Harms, CFRM
Chief Operating Officer
Susan Harms is a skilled relationship-builder and business planner, using her background in marketing, business development and strategic partnerships to ensure that Aly Sterling Philanthropy and Board Catalyst Institute are well positioned to meet the emerging needs of the nonprofit sector.
Susan began her career with a national nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., and most recently served as executive director of a grassroots nonprofit in Toledo. Prior to moving to Ohio, Susan worked in marketing and account management in Silicon Valley, California, where she promoted business service growth and strategic planning.
Susan is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), holds her Certificate in Fund Raising Management (CFRM) from the Fund Raising School at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and is a past Mentee from Mentium 100, a leadership development program for high-performing business women in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Susan holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Toledo and a 2012 graduate of Leadership Toledo. She has served on the board of the AFP Northwest Ohio Chapter as chair of National Philanthropy Day and Youth in Philanthropy.
“We hired Aly Sterling Philanthropy to help us discover the short comings of our youth program and create a roadmap for the future. Susan was brilliant – she really listened to everyone’s perspectives and kept us on track toward the same goal. We had several sensitive issues and these were handled beautifully with discretion and understanding. We could not be more pleased with the resulting plan. It has energized our youth team and led to many positive results.”
Zoar Lutheran Church
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