Fundraising

Due to industry best practices and confidentiality standards, Monica Lee Copeland, MFA, CFRE can only provide samples of grants, fundraising plans, and minute-by-minutes upon request. Her 25+ years of nonprofit experience includes everything from strategic planning, major gifts, annual campaigns, event management, and grant writing. For a broader understanding of her capability, kindly refer to her resume, curriculum vitae, or feel free to contact Ms. Copeland directly.

Major Gifts
Ms. Copeland currently serves Planned Parenthood Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley (PPPSGV) as its Chief Development Officer with FY 2022 FYE budget responsibility of $3.175 MM to the C3 business and $211K to the C4. She supervises eight development staff and manages the primary major gift portfolio with the CEO. A member of the Leadership Committee, Copeland helps guide the Boards Major Gift Committee and Leadership Circle Committee in peer-to-peer fundraising activities. She also serves on the Boards’ Finance Committee, Board Development Committee, and Mission Task Force. Additionally, Copeland provides a development strategy to PP Advocates. Previously Copeland served the Cerritos College Foundation (CCF) as its primary fundraiser managing a portfolio of 125 donors and prospects. Since her arrival to CCF in 2017, she has personally raised over $2.3 MM, lead a campaign leadership committee to $8 MM in pledges and gifts, and secured a $1 MM Endowed Jain Scholar pledge from Jain philanthropists, Jasavant and Meera Modi and Harshad and Raksha Shah. This is the first endowed academic at a US community college. Previous to CCF, Ms. Copeland provided implementation consulting services for several nonprofit organizations, including the Pasadena POPS Orchestra, KidSave International, and Agape Spiritual Center. Her career philanthropic fundraising total exceeds $250MM and she holds the designation of Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE)>

Strategy
Ms. Copeland’s nonprofit experience began directing D.A.R.E. Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of D.A.R.E. America Worldwide, She was responsible for a $7 million portfolio of revenue-generating programs sponsored by Mattel, M&M/MARS, Kmart Corporation, Peoples Telephone, Polaroid Corporation, and Protection One. Ms. Copeland promoted programs throughout the DARE Network (35,000 officers/35 million users), and created the first Sponsor’ Round Table, resulting in a one-million pallet POS promotion of M&M/D.A.R.E. candies at Kmart Super Stores. As a lead project director on a consulting assignment, she converted a small business unit of a $733 MM 501(c) nonprofit into a for-profit corporation, co-leading marketing and sales implementation, re-positioning communication channels, and directing the 60-person combined consultant and client team. This work resulted in first-year client earnings of $18 million and $7 million in consulting revenue.

Traditional Fundraising
Ms. Copeland worked as an immersed Development Director for Agape International Spiritual Center and the Centers for Spiritual Living (formerly United Church of Religious Science) as part of her consulting practice, MLC & Company. In these roles, she authored Strategic Development Plans and directing annual giving, capital campaigns, bequest programs, trust relationships, stewardship, and donor cultivation. Monica Lee has successfully secured a $1 million dollar bequest and individual gifts between $25,000 and $100,000.

Gala Strategy and Implementation
The Pasadena Pops Orchestra, KidSave International, Agape International Spiritual Center, and Verbui Dei High School have retained Ms. Copeland’s firm, MLC & Company to produce their annual galas. She has also organized special events like D.A.R.E.’s America’s Boxers Against Violence, which raised $10 million in one evening Her gala expertise includes:

  • Event Conception, Branding, & Creative
  • Training & Liaison Responsibility to Event Committee and Board
  • Corporate & Individual Sponsor Solicitation
  • Event Publicity, Promotions, & Ticketing
  • Auction Solicitation & Implementation
  • Celebrity & Entertainment Acquisition
  • Event Scripts & Minute-by-Minutes
  • Vendor Procurement & Management
  • P&L Responsibility & Financial Reporting