Short bio for conference purposes:
Mazarine Treyz is the author of The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising, and founder of WildWomanFundraising.com, a popular fundraising resource with 50,000 monthly readers. She also wrote The Wild Woman’s Guide to Social Media, given a 5 star rating by Nonprofit.About.com. Her latest book, Get the Job! Your Fundraising Career Empowerment Guide, was also given a 5 star review by Nonprofit.About.com.
Ms. Treyz has co-founded a nonprofit and rose in fundraising roles for 10 years. She’s raised millions for small, national and international charities via grants, events, sponsorships, crowdfunding, appeals. She’s trained over 15,000 people nationally and internationally from 2011-2017 and helped nonprofits raise millions more. Have people gotten results from her trainings and workshops? YES! Here are some results.
How did I become the Wild Woman of Fundraising anyway?
When I was little, I lived with my grandparents at the end of a remote road for a couple of years. My cousins lived next door, and we would all play together. During that time, the only two videos we had for rainy days were Captain Blood (Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland) and Mary Poppins.
That probably tells you everything you need to know about me.
Oh, you want to know more?
Believe it or not, I majored in poetry. I wanted to play with words, but I wasn’t sure how to translate that to the real world. It turns out that the fiercest revolutionaries in the Arab speaking world were poets! Studying poetry gives you an appreciation of clearly formed ideas, and helps you cut your language down to the minimum to convey emotion, expressions, and truths hidden in plain sight. So I got a BA in poetry, (and subsequently studied at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Place in NYC).
I am now fascinated with how language shapes what we understand and what we don’t understand. My work now with my writing is to show how we can use words to escape our prisons.
After a 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat in 2000, I realized I wanted to help people, but I just wasn’t sure how. After working in a baby orphanage in Jakarta, Indonesia, I came back with a burning desire to learn more about fundraising. I took some classes and then!
I co-founded a nonprofit on the south shore of Boston, and after moving to the west coast, I worked in small fundraising offices over the course of seven years. I’ve done everything from be thrown into roles with no plan, no training and no support, to helping oversee wildly successful events, run online campaigns 3x over goal, write high-performing appeal letters, and all with a grin!
One thing I noticed in all of the years I was working in fundraising full time for nonprofits was that there was this terrible disposable culture of fundraisers. Often each nonprofit I worked at had 4 development staff in 4 years. This is a hidden cost that makes our nonprofits ineffective. According to Burk’s Donor Centered Leadership research, we lose $200,000 every time a fundraiser leaves. I wanted to change this.
What’s with the spear?
I decided that I had to speak my truth, and Wild Woman Fundraising was born. Wild means speaking your truth, even if your voice shakes. The spear represents you being wild, and speaking your truth too!
So why did you write a book?
I knew a lot of people started out knowing nothing about fundraising, so in 2010 I wrote a book called The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising, and put in everything I had learned in my years as a Development Assistant, Development Associate, Development Officer and Development Director. It’s a primer on everything you might need to know in a small fundraising shop.
Then I decided that wasn’t good enough, and I wrote 12 e-courses on fundraising, including: Fundraising Planning, Monthly Giving, Advanced Annual Reports for Fundraising, Nonprofit E-Newsletters, Year End Appeals, How to Get Sponsorships, Your Ultimate Guide to Online Fundraising and Crowdfunding, Your Grants Breakthrough, Your Ultimate Guide to Finding New Donors and of course, Your Ultimate Guide to Keeping Your Donors, How to Get Your Dream Fundraising Job, and more.
Then I decided I needed to do even more, and I wrote Get the Job! Your Fundraising Career Empowerment Guide. This got rated 5 stars from About.com, and I had a tremendous response from readers. But..
That still wasn’t enough, because I was still seeing this disposable culture of fundraisers. So…
Why not make a place to help people empower themselves in their fundraising and nonprofit careers?
Well, in 2015 I did just that! I decided to create the online Fundraising Career Conference. I am happy to partner with the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, Charity Village, and Bloomerang on this event. From 2015 to 2017 over 1,000 people have attended this conference (and we’ve gotten lots of CFRE credits too!). A lot of people told me, “I wish my boss could hear this!” So…
I knew I had to teach the nonprofit bosses as well, so in 2016 I created the online Nonprofit Leadership Summit, to help us teach and keep our excellent fundraisers for good! You can join us at this summit, just go here.
We were getting to be a big community, so I put together Fundraising Mastermind Elite, to help people find community and get training in fundraising all year long! (And give all of my online conferences, masterclasses, webinars and all of my e-courses to people for one low price!)