Dawn Draayer, a skilled fundraiser with a strong background in nonprofit fundraising, has been named development director for the Amputee Coalition.
Draayer comes to the Amputee Coalition from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Dumfries, Virginia, where she served as development programs manager. Leading the development efforts in securing gifts from $250,000 to $2 million, she managed development operations, corporate and foundation giving, annual fundraising, and donor cultivation.
A graduate of Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, Draayer started her career on Wall Street; however her interest in social causes led to a career in fundraising. She was a grant writer for the Center for Multicultural Human Services, Falls Church, Virginia; the director of development operations/regional director of major gifts for the Grameen Foundation, Washington DC; and at the Brookings Institution, Washington DC, she was the director of individual giving and managed the major gift program for the Global Economy and Development Department.
“Dawn brings a wealth of experience in annual fund campaign development, major gifts cultivation, and development operations, as well as a passion for work that empowers the lives of others,” said Kendra Calhoun, president and CEO of the Amputee Coalition. “Dawn’s enthusiasm, experience, and development successes are great matches for the leadership we need in our Development Department. We are excited for her to join our team.”