Meet The Bloomerang Team
This isn’t our first rodeo. We’ve assembled an unparalleled team of experts in technology and fundraising to create Bloomerang. We’re obsessed with the way a shared vision can build a culture, and add meaning to people’s lives. We are servant-hearted, but strong. We are smart, but kind. We are experts in technology, but know how to talk about it like regular humans. We love what a great solution can do, but we love what people can do even more.
Adrian Sargeant was one of the primary driving forces in the creation of Bloomerang. His career-long research into donor loyalty has taken him from Indiana University, where he was the first Hartsook Chair in fundraising, to the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy at Plymouth University in the United Kingdom where he serves as its director. He most recently developed the UK’s new National Occupational Standard for Fundraising. The algorithm that controls our proprietary engagement meter, which automatically adjusts based on constituent interaction, was designed by Dr. Sargeant. He also drew upon his decades of research to design our donor engagement surveys.
Tom Ahern. considered to be one of North America’s leading authorities on donor communications, serves as our “Donor Communications Head Coach.” His best practices for written donor communication are found in Bloomerang as the “Ahern Audit.” Tom is the author of four books: “On Donor Newsletters,” “How to Write Fundraising Materials That Make More Money,” “Keep Your Donors” and “Seeing Through a Donor’s Eyes.” He works with dozens of clients nationwide every year. They include brand names like the Sierra Club and Save the Children, as well as hospitals, universities, foundations, and local charities.
Kivi Leroux Miller serves as our “Online Marketing Coach,” assisting us in designing the digital communication features within Bloomerang, such as email and social media. She is the author of “The Nonprofit Marketing Guide: High-Impact, Low-Cost Ways to Build Support for Your Good Cause” and “Content Marketing for Nonprofits: A Communications Map for Engaging Your Community, Becoming a Favorite Cause, and Raising More Money.” Kivi teaches a weekly webinar series and writes a top-ranked blog on nonprofit communications at Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com. Thousands of nonprofits in all 50 U.S. states, across Canada, and in more than 30 countries have participated in Kivi’s webinars.
Jaime Levy partnered with us to create the Sustainability Scorecard, a unique operational assessment and data analysis tool that will set you on the path towards organizational sustainability. He is the President and Chief Vision Officer of JDLevy & Associates. Jamie is also a faculty member at Indiana University, where he teaches in the graduate and professional programs in not-for-profit management and development through the IU Center on Philanthropy, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and The Fund Raising School. Jamie is a published writer and keynote speaker. Through his teaching and consulting, he has trained over 28,000 professionals from over 30 countries. He has become recognized for his expertise in the area of organizational development, especially as it relates to philanthropic sustainability and development.
Terry Axelrod partnered with us to create Bloomerang for Benevon a customized version of Bloomerang’s donor management solution that integrates with the Benevon Model. Terry, founder and CEO of Benevon, has more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit field, including founding three nonprofit organizations in healthcare and affordable housing. She created the Benevon Model in 1996 after serving as Development Consultant to a private inner city school from 1992-1995. There she designed and implemented the fundraising and marketing programs that yielded $7.2 million in two and a half years as well as national recognition of the program including a cover story in The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Claire Axelrad, J.D., CFRE serves as our “Fundraising Coach,” providing regular advice and guidance exclusively to the Bloomerang blog and webinar series. Claire‘s practical approach, which earned her the AFP “Outstanding Fundraising Professional of the Year” award, has helped her raise millions of dollars in support. As a frontline leader, she oversaw staffs of 20+ professionals for such organizations as San Francisco Food Bank, Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and California School of Professional PsychologyClaire teaches the CFRE course that certifies professional fundraisers, and contributes to NonProfit PRO and Guidestar. She is a member of the California State Bar, alumna of The Fundraising School, Conrad Teitell Intensive Planned Giving Program and Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Executive Leadership Institute, and a graduate with honors from Princeton University.