About me


Monique Littlejohn actively works to improve organisations to increase their peak performance. Developing best practices, systems and strategic planning for nonprofits keep her ‘in flow.’ Outside of the workday, she is an author, award winning nature photographer, and craft teacher. She lives on a sustainable hobby farm in the Adelaide Hills with her husband and daughter.

Career History

As the State Partnerships Manager from 2017 to 2021 for Starlight Children’s Foundation, she supported the mission to bring joy and laughter to seriously ill children and young people, because everyone deserves a happy childhood. 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, building special events, and co-producing the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon on KEYT-3, an ABC affiliate. She was able to turn around a district office from being number 224 in district offices for fundraising 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 headed back to the USA to support her mother in-law for end-of-life care from 2011 to 2016, and while in California, 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. Later, she worked for seniors at the Montecito Retirement Community, aka Casa Dorinda; a premier life-care 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, so that they could commence with their first capital campaign 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 and Committee Roles

  • DonorPerfect Australia – present
  • Scotch College – AdCom Committee 2016 to present
  • CFRE International – Australia Ambassador 2018 – 2020
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals Santa Barbara/Ventura Chapter  Board – Vice President, Professional Development 2016. 
  • Friends of the Montecito Library Board of Directors 2016 
  • Transition House Women’s Auxiliary 2014-2016 – Scholarship Chair, Friendship Chair


She has taught thousands of people through CFRE International, Donor Search, AFP Santa Barbara/Ventura chapter, Ventura County Community Foundation, Udemy, Skillshare, Stack Social, and Curious.com


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 holds a Certificate of Social Media Management from SoMe Academy, and Certificate for Digital Branding and Engagement from Curtain University. She has recently completed the professional certificate for The Science of Happiness at Work from University of California, Berkeley.