Susan Pollack

Susan Pollack

Director of Major Gifts at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (The Wall)

Washington D.C. Metro Area
Nonprofit Organization Management

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Susan Pollack's Overview

  • Independent Consultant/CEO at Nonprofit Management and Development Consulting
  • Consultant/Director at Friends of Ethiopian Jews (FEJ), Inc.
  • Executive Director at Friends of Yemin Orde
  • Country Director, Israel at American Association for Ethiopian Jews
  • Country Director, Ethiopia at American Association for Ethiopian Jews

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Susan Pollack's Summary

Specialties: Nonprofit Management, Fundraising and Development, Program Management, Budgeting and Evaluation, Strategic Planning, Feasibility Studies, Bboard Development, Major Gifts, and Direct Mail - particularly in the fields of Education, Youth-At-Risk, Iinternational Human Rights and Humanitarian Disaster Relief.

Susan Pollack's Experience

Director of Major Gifts

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

October 2013Present (1 year) Washington D.C. Metro Area

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund - the people who built The Wall - is engaged in a $115 million captial campaign to build the Education Center at The Wall, a dynamic, technologically innovative visitor and learning center. Designed as a Silver/Gold LEED building, it pairs an environmentally progressive design with a future-forward technical infrastructure that will support growth and changes in the Center’s content and impact over time, making it always relevant to current and future generations.

As Director of Major Gifts, I cultivate, solicit and close six, seven and eight-figure gifts. As well, I work with the entire team on donor recognition, events, donor database management and a host of other development and fundraising needs.

Independent Consultant/CEO

Nonprofit Management and Development Consulting

September 2008October 2013 (5 years 2 months)

Consulting in nonprofit leadership, in the areas of organizational management, resource development and fund raising; communications; financial administration and budgeting; program evaluation; Board development and strategic planning, particularly in the areas of international human rights, education, the environment and refugee affairs.


Friends of Ethiopian Jews (FEJ), Inc.

January 2008October 2013 (5 years 10 months)

Supporting grassroots programs and organizations helping the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel, through organizational development, resource development, strategic planning and advocacy.

Executive Director

Friends of Yemin Orde

January 1999September 2008 (9 years 9 months)

Youth Village and outreach programs for displaced, refugee, immigrant and at-risk children and youth from 22 different countries. In nine years, initiated Endowment Fund and raised $10 million for it. Program grew from one campus to five. Secured funding to build or renovate nine buildings. Raised a total of $75 million, and helped develop new programs for graduates and younger children-in-need.

Country Director, Israel

American Association for Ethiopian Jews

May 1991August 1994 (3 years 4 months)

Country Director, Ethiopia

American Association for Ethiopian Jews

January 1987September 1991 (4 years 9 months)

Susan Pollack's Honors and Awards

  • Jan Karski Award for Valor and Compassion

    The American Center for Polish Culture
    • June 2002

    This annual award is given to a person whose substantial life work best exemplifies Jan Karski's valor and compassion, including selflessness, a profound sense of humanity, extraordinary courage and willingness to accept a burden, pain and suffering to save or help others. Jan Karski was a Polish diplomat and resistance fighters who warned world leaders, including Franklin Roosevelt, about the Nazi extermination of the Jews. Susan Pollack was awarded this honor in 2002 for her direct involvement in saving nearly 18,000 Jews in Ethiopia during the height of the civil war, famine, drought and Marxist military repressive government.

  • Hadassah Woman of the Year, Canada

    • September 2000

    For outstanding contribution to the Jewish community by a woman, from Hadassah Canada

Susan Pollack's Languages

  • French

    (Limited working proficiency)
  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Hebrew

    (Limited working proficiency)
  • Amharic

    (Elementary proficiency)

Susan Pollack's Skills & Expertise

  1. Non-profits
  2. Strategic Planning
  3. Board Development
  4. Program Management
  5. International Human Rights
  6. Feasibility Studies
  7. Fundraising
  8. Program Evaluation
  9. Resource Development
  10. Budgeting
  11. Philanthropy
  12. Program Development
  13. Capacity Building
  14. Program Design
  15. Leadership Development
  16. Organizational Development
  17. Nonprofit Consulting
  18. Charities
  19. Non-profit Administration
  20. Financial Management
  21. Social Entrepreneurship
  22. Governance
  23. Grants
  24. Donor Relations
  25. Nonprofit Leadership
  26. Grant Management
  27. Stewardship
  28. Program Planning
  29. NGOs
  30. Social Innovation
  31. Social Justice
  32. Policy Analysis
  33. Coalition Building
  34. Board Training
  35. Non-profit Development
  36. Staff Development
  37. Organizational Leadership
  38. Budget Development
  39. Sustainability
  40. Executive Coaching
  41. Public Administration
  42. Organizational Change
  43. Budgets
  44. Nonprofits
  45. Workshop Facilitation
  46. Non-profit Consulting
  47. Coalitions
  48. Entrepreneurship
  49. Editing

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Susan Pollack's Education

Harvard University Kennedy School of Government

Masters in Public Administration

Specializing in Nonprofit Management and Public Service

New York University

Certificate in Fund Raising Management

One-year intensive program on professional fundraising and development

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