Nonprofit consultant

So, what has been keeping me busy lately?

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Life has been very busy lately. Upon arrival in Australia, I worked for a little over 3 months at SAHMRI (South Australia Health and Medical Research Institute) where I developed a comprehensive, 3-year marketing, communications and development strategy. At the end of the assignment, we decided to set deep roots into the South Australia by purchasing a hobby farm in Stirling, South Australia. In December, just before the Christmas break, we moved into our new home.

For the past two months, we’ve been busy tending the grapevines, fruit trees and veggie patch and set up a beehive with Italian honeybees. (we have plenty of native honeybees here and they live in harmony) Between Christmas and New Years Day, we had a cyclonic storm that knocked out our power for 4 days, so we moved back into hotels and short stay accommodation while we waited for everything to get back to normal. Next week, our egg incubator arrives, and we will pick up some fertilized eggs so that our daughter, Julia can raise chickens from the egg on up.

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The property has abundant wildlife which is both a blessing and a curse. Our resident koalas are adorable. The Sulphur crested cockatoos galahs, and lorikeets have gotten to most of the fruit on our apple trees before we could net them. For pest control, the fairy wrens take care of the spiders and the kookaburras are great snake hunters. If you would like to learn more about our hobby farm, please visit my blog at Hobby Farm Girl.

Julia will be starting at her new school on Monday.

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Now that we are truly settled in our new home, I am available to support businesses with their traditional and online marketing, strategic planning and development needs. I’ve opened a video marketing business at Online Fund Tech and can also manage your social media strategy. For nonprofits, I can also set up a donations portal and set up online viral campaigns so that you can avoid paying ongoing commissions to outside organizations. If you are interested in these services, please let me know. I am also available to participate on a limited number of both nonprofit and corporate boards.

Who is Monique Littlejohn?

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Monique Littlejohn Photo

Monique Littlejohn has been a professional fundraiser and top level development and marketing executive for more than 14 years. 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. Most recently, 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. She believes in giving back to the community and is on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Santa Barbara/Ventura Chapter and has been on the Board of Directors of the Muscular Dystrophy Association South Australia and on the Women’s Auxiliary of Transition House in Santa Barbara, CA and is available to sit on government committees and nonprofit boards. Through her career, she has participated in hundreds of fundraising special events including taste events, honoree dinners, golf tournaments, telethons, walks, fill the boot campaigns and lock ups.

She has taught hundreds of development and management staff about fundraising, committee and board development. She is also a philanthropist who has turned her passion for gem cutting and jewelry making into tens of thousands of dollars in donations throughout California, Hawaii, and South Australia.

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 stays up to date in marketing and nonprofit fields by attending seminars and taking classes on a monthly basis.

Her latest venture is creating an online training video and book on running successful charity golf tournaments. She lives in Southern California and is available to teach worldwide via video conferencing.

In her spare time, Monique Littlejohn is an accomplished crafter, book author, award winning jeweler, and lapidarist. She has written 7 books on wire wrapping and jewelry making which are available on Craftsy.com, Etsy.com, and Amazon.com. Her wire wrapping found objects online video class is available through Udemy.com and Curious.com and her DVD is available on Amazon.com.