About me



Monique Littlejohn is a professional fundraiser and top level development and marketing executive with more than 20 years of experience. In June, 2016, she relocated from Southern California to South Australia to purchase a sustainable property. Just like Alice in Wonderland, she loves to jump down a rabbit hole to learn as much as she can about any given subject. She is a photographer, voice over artist, crafter, book author, award winning jeweler, and gem cutter, and most recently, the publisher of Market Trends magazine – a publication for small businesses

Career History

She is currently State Partnerships Manager – South Australia for Starlight Children’s Foundation.

For six years, she worked in several roles throughout California and Hawaii for the Muscular Dystrophy Association where she was responsible for hiring and training development and management staff, build special events, and co-produce the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. She was able to turn around a district office from being number 224 in district offices to being number 2 within one year. When she moved to the regional level, she utilized the same skills to support the region to the same stratospheric success. After that, she moved into the arts arena where she worked for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. At the Festival, she introduced several new development concepts and started a new fundraising event – the Silver Screen Bash, which provided necessary income to cover overhead between Festivals. To build her international experience, she worked in two roles at the Adelaide Festival Centre, the leading Performing Arts Institution in South Australia. There, she introduced fundraising concepts such as ROI for marketing benefits included in sponsorships, planned giving, and online fundraising. She worked for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara as the Development Director where she was responsible for planned giving, major gifts, grant writing, special events, committee development, marketing and communications. Most recently, she worked for seniors at the Montecito Retirement Community, aka Casa Dorinda; a premier lifecare community in Montecito, CA, where she focused on building a new advancement program, providing the essential backbone to create a culture of philanthropy for an organization that had not focused on major gifts in 20 years. Upon arrival in Adelaide, she worked briefly for SAHMRI as the Director of Development, overseeing the launch of their new website advertising, and social media campaign.

Board of Directors 2014-2016

Association of Fundraising Professionals Santa Barbara/Ventura Chapter  Board – Vice President, Professional Development 2016. 

Friends of the Montecito Library 2016 – Development and Finance Committee

Transition House Women’s Auxiliary 2014-2016 – Scholarship Chair, Friendship Chair

Current Committees

Scotch College – AdCom Committee 2016-2017

Through her career, she has developed taste events, honoree dinners, golf tournaments, telethons, walks, and viral fundraising events.


She has taught hundreds of development and management staff about fundraising, committee and board development.


Her education includes a Bachelor of Business Administration at Texas A&M University; a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Fielding Graduate University and CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive), an internationally recognized credential that fewer than 3% of all fundraisers hold worldwide. She olds a Certificate of Social Media Management from SoMe Academy, and Certificate for Digital Branding and Engagement from Curtain University.

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