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Ann Thomas


My first job was teaching school in Kenya; now I consider my job as "teaching philanthropy." So how did I end up in fundraising? Many years ago I was mentored by a wonderful woman named Peggy Brown who worked for The Nature Conservancy, and twenty-some years later, including a stint in Advancement at Duke University, I am still thriving in the world of nonprofit fund development.

Over the past two decades I have had the opportunity to guide development efforts at health, human services, educational, cultural and environmental organizations. Some of my more recent campaigns have included food banks, museums, foundations, churches, and private schools. I would consider my strength to be guiding and directing campaign leadership and devising appropriate solicitation strategies for major gift prospects, with a goal of ensuring my client's success. The best part of serving as senior counsel is seeing the passion in the people we meet assisting organizations in fulfilling their mission.

Originally from Greensboro, NC, I attended college in Los Angeles. Before returning to North Carolina, to earn a Masters degree from UNC Chapel Hill, I taught school in Kenya, East Africa. Pittsboro, NC is now my home, with my husband, Sledd, and our two daughters. When not working I enjoy traveling with family and friends. A little known fact about me – I have climbed the second highest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kenya, so in comparison, you might say, campaigns are a walk in the park!

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