JMA client serving Minnesota veterans receives $2,750 in Walmart Community grants.

Ecolab awards $30,000 to JMA client training youth/young adults for IT careers in St. Paul.

JMA secures $275,000 from DEED Pathways to Prosperity for client training adults for IT careers.

JMA secures a $10,000 grant from Richard Schulze Family Foundation for a Charter School in Minneapolis.

The Schulze Family Foundation awards $10,000 to JMA client in IT workforce training for at-risk youth and minority communities in the Twin Cities area.

JMA client bridging career equity gaps through IT training awarded $20,000 from Travelers Foundation.

JMA client providing environmental protection and education was awarded $5,000 from the Poehler Stremel Charitable Trust.

MDVA awards $20,000 to JMA client serving Minnesota veterans.

JMA secures a $5,000 award from the Walser Foundation for client providing educational scholarships to minority students.

JMA client serving Minnesota veterans receives $5,000 from Frances Curran.

Otto Bremer Trust awards $25,000 to JMA client providing mental health and wrap around services to East Africans in the Twin Cities.

Caroline Swinford: Development Coordinator, Communications Specialist, and Grant Writer Spotlight

Following her graduation from Whitworth University in 2014, Caroline joined the nonprofit sector in her native state of Colorado as a project manager and social media coordinator. At JMA, Caroline specializes in database management, donor stewardship, and communications. Caroline is an info-tech guru. She thrives in data strategy and management and is a competent user of CRM/fundraising softwares and platforms, including Raiser’s Edge and other Blackbaud products like eTapestry. In her spare time, Caroline makes pilgrimages to the Twin Cities’ independent book stores, attends live storytelling shows and theater, and explores the riverfront on her road bike.

Spotlight Interview

Briefly describe what you do in a day

No day is ever the same, which is why I like JMA.  I usually start the morning pulling reports from donors for campaign planning, then I move on to grant writing and end the day drafting an e-blast to promote an event.  I never really know what to expect.  I am able to hone different skillsets and I am never bored.

What is the best part of your job?

The people.  We have a team that genuinely cares about each other and is excited to tackle challenges.  I can comfortably hand off a project to someone else and there is consistent quality across the project no matter who has been working on it.  There is cohesion and dedication amongst the team.”

What is your proudest moment at JMA?

I received an opportunity to write copy for a client’s annual report.  There is a rising need for this client’s work in this contentious political climate.  My goal was to paint a picture for prospective stakeholders who are touched by this client’s work.  I needed to capture the signature voice of a funder, who is deeply eloquent and thoughtful.  I was able to do that and even brought other staff members to tears when they read it.  That made me feel really proud.  I am also proud to know that it is an evergreen piece that the client can continue to use to invest members of the community in the work they do.

What are three words to describe yourself?

Thoughtful, precise, enthusiastic.

How do you define success?

Being able to find balance between what you can do, what you want to do and what is needed.  It is important to find that “sweet spot” whether professionally, personally or on a project for a client.  Also being able to determine what you want, what’s possible and what’s required and braid them together into something that is sustainable.  It is a moving target and as long as you keep moving toward that moving target, that is as close to success as you can possibly get.

What is the best meal you’ve ever had?

When I was in college, I had an opportunity to study abroad in the British Isles.  My dad visited for a week and we took the train from London to Oxford.  We rented bikes and pedaled around the towpaths along the canal.  We ate at a restaurant frequented by C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and had the best meal of British root vegetables and ratatouille.  We finished off the meal with a flaming poached pear sauternes.  It was a beautiful, drizzly day in the British countryside full of fall foliage.