Mary’s Place Welcomes New Director of Development and Communications

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February 4, 2013

Mary’s Place and the Church of Mary Magdalene announced today that fundraising professional, Kim Nelson, has joined the staff as Director of Development and Communications, effective immediately.

Nelson comes to Mary’s Place and the Church from a successful stretch at Northwest Harvest where she raised millions of dollars to eliminate hunger for countless families in Washington state, including completing a $13.5 million capital campaign for Northwest Harvest’s Warehouse for Washington. In addition to growing the fund raising program and Northwest Harvest's extensive volunteer program, Nelson managed the marketing and communications department for part of her tenure.

Prior to her time at Northwest Harvest, Nelson served as Director of Development for Senior Services where she was a key player in a $12 million capital campaign, and endowment campaign, and raised several million dollars for operating support.

“Kim is an accomplished fundraiser who finds great joy in supporting the needs of her community”, said Mary’s Place Executive Director, Marty Hartman. “Her qualifications, accomplishments, and personal values make Kim a perfect fit for Mary’s Place and we are excited to welcome her to our team!”

Mary’s Place, the only day center for homeless women in King County that accepts women with children, has seen a 300% increase in demand for services over the past year. While the economy is beginning to recover, it is still taking a toll on the most vunerable; the working poor, those struck with major illness or injury, and people struggling with mental health issues. Last month, Mary’s Place partnered with Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission to open an emergency night shelter for women and their children.

“I have admired the work that Mary’s Place does in the community for a long time and have great respect for the organization’s leadership, particularly Executive Director Marty Hartman,” said Nelson. “I’m looking forward to working with her, and the Board, to help homeless women and their children find the safety, resources, and support they need to get back on their feet.”