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Michelle Gilmore speaks nonprofit.

Starting her career in education, Michelle has come full circle with her Eventology® classes, workshops and trainings. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, earned her California teaching credential from National University and a Masters of Arts in Education in Curriculum Development from San Diego State University. Following ten years of teaching, Michelle put her passion for volunteering and fundraising to work raising funds for arts and music programs for public schools.


Teaching Art as a volunteer, hosting multiple fundraising events from galas to 10K races, carnivals to talent shows, Michelle merged her education-focused background with fundraising savvy to make a difference. From auction basket coordinator to Board President, Michelle has held positions on multiple boards, coached fellow nonprofits on maximizing revenue at their events, and eventually re-entered the workforce as a Development Officer for a local Schools Foundation.


Through her work at the Foundation and her current role as Senior Development Director at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Michelle has raised millions of dollars for non-profit organizations and earned her CFRE certification in 2019. Michelle and her husband, Ted, have three boys and live in Coronado, California. She still volunteers for arts and education nonprofit organizations and sits on the board of a local non-profit that funds buses for public school field trips.

Eventology Fundraising

Strategic Fundraising Advisors combines scientifically proven methods, with creative collaboration, to help organizations elevate fundraising to the next level. We offer workshops, board training, Webinars and one-on-one counseling, along with state-of-the-art tools and apps for event planning and donation collection. Our team includes seasoned industry professionals, with a long track record of success: development officers, board executives, grant gurus, accountants, data managers and licensed auctioneers. When you are looking for new ideas and a way to inject your event with vibrant energy, these are the movers and shakers you want on your team! 

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