Nonprofit Leadership Careers
David E. LeFebvre, ’09
Current position: Annual Fund Director, Virginia Home for Boys and Girls
A typical day at work: David plans and manages fundraising and development programs to generate awareness and support for the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls. “As with any nonprofit job, I wear many hats. One day I might conduct grant research or write an appeal letter, and the next day meet with volunteers and donors to share information about our mission and programs.”
College experience: “I had an opportunity to do several internships, including Nonprofit Connect, the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and the National 4-H Council. As a NextGen Leader intern for Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, I planned and executed the Alliance’s annual three day conference for over 800 attendees in January 2008.”
Connecting the dots: “Working for the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls is allowing me to further build my skills in volunteer management, program planning, fund development, and communications – all the competency areas we learned and practiced in the Nonprofit Leadership Studies program!”
Phillip J. Hanson, ’83
Current position: President and CEO of the Truman Heartland Community Foundation
Career Development: As a standout American Humanics student at Rockhurst, Phil Hanson interned with Habitat for Humanity. His career in development began at the United Way, where he served for twenty-three years, and continued with the American Lung Association. Now, Hanson has joined the Truman Heartland Community Foundation as President and CEO. Find out more about the difference he is making in the "Meet the New CEO" article by Adrianne DeWeese, featured in The Examiner.
Phil’s advice: "I would recommend the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance certificate program to any college student who wants to get into the business of serving people. It is the best way to find out about opportunities to be of service and to get a head start on a career in service to the community."
Current position: Director of Staff & Volunteer Engagement at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City
College internships: My internships ranged from assisting a sales team at Xerox to writing press releases and assisting in major events planning for a small PR firm. Finding my place at Rockhurst while jumping out to be a small fish in Kansas City allowed me an immense learning curve.
Rockhurst taught me: A Jesuit education teaches the art of challenging the status quo. My own experiences have ranged from coordinating volunteer care teams for people living with AIDS to facilitating marketing campaigns to fundraising for Jewish communities in Israel.
“Rockhurst will challenge you to pack in meaningful experiences during your four years. Don’t underestimate the long-term impact of choosing to give of yourself. You will likely ‘find’ yourself when you least expect it.”