Arden Stone

Arden Stone

Area Director, Houston at Best Buddies Texas

Houston, Texas Area
Events Services

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Arden Stone's Overview

  • Area Director, Houston at Best Buddies Texas
  • Owner/CEO at SMS Consultants
  • Director of Development at Interfaith Caring Ministries
  • County and State Delegate at Galveston County Democratic Party
  • Teacher and Fund-Raising at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church
  • Project Director at Lone Star Strategies
  • Precinct Chair at Galveston County Democratic Party
  • Public Relations Director at Brazoria County Mortuary Service, Inc.
  • Field Organizer at ACORN
  • Campaign Manager at Hill Kemp Congressional Campaign for U.S. District 22
  • Director of Development at The SEAGULLS, Inc.

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Arden Stone's Summary

I have spent my professional career working with Non-Profit Organizations, Businesses, Politicians and Individuals in many different areas related to Events, Marketing and Fund Development.

I am a seasoned professional with a strong track record in creating efficient development programs for nonprofit organizations. My focus centers on strong relationships within the community, media, independent donors and corporations. I have worked in all facets of a nonprofit and it has given me the skills to evaluate programs and effectively increase revenue, decrease expenses and brand programs within the community.

I work hard and have the experience to get things done efficiently. I take pride in my ability to manage multiple priorities with strong planning and problem solving skills. I relate effectively with diverse groups and individuals and I take the time to create a strong relationship between the community, businesses and the organization I represent.

As my career moves forward, it is my hope that I will discover an organization that can utilize and enhance my skills. An organization that is not afraid to move into the future and discover new ways of raising funds, developing community partnerships and enhancing programs that benefit the community.

Arden Stone's Experience

Area Director, Houston

Best Buddies Texas

Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

September 2013Present (1 year 1 month)


SMS Consultants

Events Services industry

July 2009June 2013 (4 years)

Established in 2009, SMS Consultants is located in the Houston/Galveston area and proud to serve Non-Profits and Companies across the United States. We offer a personalized, strategic and practical array of services based on years of hands on experience to best meet your unique needs and budgets.

SMS Consultants is a woman owned small business certified by the SBA.

New to our company, in 2012, SMS Consultants expanded to add an NDE Division offering our clients in Oil & Gas, Aerospace and Pipeline a personalized and budget-friendly service in the field of Non-Destructive Testing.

Corporate Division:
Meetings and Conferences * Corporate Luncheons

Product Launches * Holiday Parties * Management Retreats

Customer Appreciation * Grand Openings * Company Picnics

Golf Tournaments * Retirement Parties * Open Houses

Networking Mixers * Charitable Campaigns

Non-Profit Division:
Direct Mail & Solicitation * Grant Programs * Community Awareness

Community Partnerships * Corporate Sponsors * Board Development

Fundraising Events * Marketing

Advanced NDE Division:
Phased Array * Ultrasonic Testing * Visual Testing

Magnetic Particle Testing * Liquid Penetrant Testing

Hydrostatic Pressure Testing

Director of Development

Interfaith Caring Ministries

20072009 (2 years)

Oversee all aspects of fund development, media relations and community outreach. This includes, but is not limited to:
• grant implementation and management;
• Special event planning and implementation;
• Identifying and cultivating potential major gift donors;
• Fund Development and Marketing Plan editor and implementation;
• Capital campaign involvement;
• DonorPerfect database management;
• Media & Community Relations; Public Speaking;
• Direct Cause Marketing;
• Budget Preparation and Management.
• Increase Board development and training on board responsibilities, involvement in fundraising and community/business outreach.

A few of my accomplishments in this position include:

• Festival of Trees Style Show and Black Tie Gala(2007): $165,000
• Annual Golf Tournament(2008): $62,000
• Festival of Trees Style Show and Black Tie Gala(2008): $127,000
• Neighborhood 1K Walk(2008): $5,700
• Annual Golf Tournament(2009): $54,000
• Foundation & Corporate Grant Program(FY07-08): $882,000
• Foundation & Corporate Grant Program(FY08-April09): $586,000
• Re-structured Fund Development Department to incorporate the Development Associate, Volunteer Coordinator and Office Assistant
• Partnered with Board of Directors and CEO to write Five Year Strategic Plan
• Worked with Board of Directors to re-structure Executive Director Job Description and Responsibilities
• Served on county and city committee’s to review the disaster relief plans in existence after Hurricane Ike.
• Worked with County, State and Federal officials in preparing information in regards to the initial response after Hurricane Ike.
• Central donations center for Galveston County; Working closely with FEMA, the American Red Cross and numerous other agencies to provide those in need the best information and resources for assistance.

County and State Delegate

Galveston County Democratic Party

20082008 (less than a year)

Teacher and Fund-Raising

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church

20052007 (2 years)

Project Director

Lone Star Strategies

20022004 (2 years)

Manage the fundraising accounts of political candidates and non-profit organizations.
• Identify and contact prospective donors (individual and corporate).
• Coordinate special events including contact with venues, hosts, create invitations, collecting donations, organize phone banks with staff and volunteers.
• Maintain database of donors and all financials.
• Originate solicitation and thank you letters.
• $2,000/person Black Tie Gala for Every Texan Foundation
• $10,000/person private Reception with President Bill Clinton for the Presidential Library
• Bonnie Raitt Concert and private reception to raise money for Teen Pregnancy Prevention
• Multiple Fundraising/Meet and Greet Events for Congressman Chris Bell, Sylvia Garcia, Congressman Ken Bentson, and Rep. Rodney Ellis
• Know all federal and state guidelines on financial contributions to a political candidate or/and non-profit organizations.
• Know the guidelines of federal financial filings and tax issues.

Precinct Chair

Galveston County Democratic Party

20022002 (less than a year)

Public Relations Director

Brazoria County Mortuary Service, Inc.

19992001 (2 years)

Development of a business plan, start-up publicity, advertising and development. Including design of a business portfolio, print ads, brochure, and product placement. Develop and present proposals on behalf of the company. This was a family owned business operated by myself and my husband. We staffed an Administrative Assistant and contracted with other area morticians when needed.

Field Organizer


20002000 (less than a year)

This position was a short term project. Contact potential volunteers. Identify community needs. Train volunteers to use necessary resources and form community organizations. Lead these organizations to work in the community. Coordinate meetings with local and state officials. Identify and solicit potential donors.

Work with city and state officials and department heads from such areas as City Public Works to address un-safe water conditions; HUD to address living conditions in a HUD sanctioned apartment complex; City Police and Housing departments to initiate the destruction of a crack house across from a school.

Campaign Manager

Hill Kemp Congressional Campaign for U.S. District 22

19981998 (less than a year)

Manage all daily aspects of the political campaign. To include fundraising, volunteer recruitment, candidate appearances, editing speeches, management of staff and volunteers and community outreach. Maintain working relationship with local, state and federal government officials. Organize all grassroots efforts for candidate name recognition and Get Out the Vote efforts.

Director of Development


19961998 (2 years)

Manage all fundraising development in local communities for homes with special needs children. Identify and solicit prospective donors. Maintain volunteer and donor database. Work with media in the local community. Maintain all financial records to maintain non-profit status. Work with and develop the Board of Directors to be beneficial to the organization in fundraising and community outreach.

Work closely with state agencies to address the needs of these special needs homes. Provide them with access to all the resources available and understand any upcoming laws or guidelines that would affect their homes.

Arden Stone's Skills & Expertise

  1. Non-profits
  2. Community Outreach
  3. Public Speaking
  4. Event Management
  5. Public Relations
  6. Event Planning
  7. Press Releases
  8. Social Media
  9. Fundraising
  10. Facebook
  11. Volunteer Management
  12. Philanthropy
  13. Nonprofits
  14. Marketing
  15. Proposal Writing
  16. Media Relations
  17. Leadership
  18. Advertising
  19. Training
  20. Community Development
  21. Strategic Planning
  22. Editing
  23. Management
  24. Program Management
  25. Strategy
  26. Grants
  27. Budgets
  28. Start-ups
  29. Project Planning
  30. Small Business
  31. Social Networking
  32. Recruiting
  33. Business Planning
  34. Marketing Communications
  35. Board Development
  36. Social Media Marketing

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Arden Stone's Education

University of Houston

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science


Sam Houston State University

Political Science


Arden Stone's Additional Information


Politics, Community Awareness and Involvement, Gardening, Water Sports, Football, Traveling

Groups and Associations:

Board Member for Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County, Delegate to the County Party Political Convention, Delegate to the State Party Political Convention, St. Christopher Community BBQ and Auction Chairman, Men Who Cook Committee, League City Wildcats Board of Directors, Leadership League City 2008, INSIDE CCISD 2008-09, American Heart Association, Go Red for Women, Clear Lake Chamber Diplomats, Clear Lake Crawfish Festival Committee, Association of Fundraising Professionals, American Association of Grant Professionals, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Asst. Captain, St. Christopher's Episcopal Church Member, Clear Springs PTA, Bauerschlag Elementary PTA

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