Teresa Janzen

All I have done,
prepares me for what
I have yet to do.


Teresa M Janzen

Phone:  616-648-1795 Vivacell: 0954199847
Email:  Teresa.Janzen@gmail.com

Professional skills include: fundraising, administration, leadership, event planning, project management, written and oral communication, teaching, negotiating, public speaking, design and editing.

Work Experience:

Freelance Non-Profit Consultant - Working with key leadership, I help organizations communicate their message effectively. I have worked with a variety of organizations including non-profit boards, churches, schools, U.S. congressional campaign, state and local political campaigns, relief agencies and other non-profits. I have assisted with issues such as defining roles and organizational structure, fundraising strategies and material development, board accountability, and responsibilities of leadership.

Manager of the Annual Fund: August 2007 – August 2016
Senior Development Representative
Kuyper College - Grand Rapids, MI

Managing the Annual Fund for Kuyper College included developing and implementing strategies in general fund development and special campaigns including direct mail, events, sponsorships, planned gifts and other fundraising vehicles. Through this roll I utilized my skills in writing, event planning and project management to lead the advancement team to meet the annual fund goal each year.

As Senior Development Representative, I work with a portfolio of the college’s larger donors including individuals, businesses and churches. Funds raised include support for the annual fund as well as: planned gifts, charitable gift annuities, endowed gifts, capital campaign funds, and more. 

Executive Director: April 2003 - August 2007
Project Hope of NE Allegan County – Dorr, MI

As Executive Director of Project Hope of NE Allegan County, I was responsible for bringing the 10 year old ministry into compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations as well as establishing vision and goals for the future. This included the merging of Interchange Youth Help Service (my former position) into Project Hope of NE Allegan County.  

I developed best practices and risk management procedures for all levels of the organization from the Board of Directors and paid staff to the 40 member volunteer staff. 

Other duties included:  fund development, donor relations, grant writing, desktop publishing, web publishing, public speaking, presentations, representation on county collaborative boards, critical task management and analysis, marketing, new program development, volunteer recruitment, budget development, grievance resolution, database management and human resources.

Key Accomplishments

  • Established new funding streams resulting in growth of budget and programs.
  • Increased donor sustainability.
  • Increased church support and participation.
  • Certified facilitator for: “Creating True Wealth” Entrepreneurship Training, “Entrenuity” Youth Entrepreneurship Training, and “Strengthening Families” Family Communication Curriculum.
  • Implemented HopeWorks job placement service, a community connection to the Michigan Works Department.
  • Incorporated the mission of Interchange Youth Help Service and its programs into Project Hope of East Allegan County.
  • Established Best Practices Procedures to ensure consistency in deliverance of services.
  • Capital campaign to raise funds for construction of the new ministry center building.

Executive Director: January 2001 – April 2003,
Interchange Youth Help Service – Otsego, MI

As Executive Director I was responsible for all aspects of operations and administration.  These duties included: volunteer recruitment, public relations, grant writing, communication with churches, communication with schools and other agencies, family intake, mentor screening and training, coordinating events and activities, securing financial contributions from individuals, churches, businesses and foundations, gathering and evaluating statistical data, developing a vision and plan for the ministry, implementing programs and projects, serving on various boards and committees, and reporting all activities to the Board of Directors.

Key Accomplishments - Interchange Youth Help Service was facing some transitions and trials when I began work with the ministry. After a brief analysis of the mentoring program (the main purpose of the ministry) I found that only one child was being mentored and that the financial resources of the ministry had been being depleted for 5 years and needed to be updated to ensure a future source of revenue.
Interchange, 1 ½ years later:

  • 38 children in the mentoring program
  • Tripled the number of sources from which we received income.  
  • 50% on the mailing list were active donors.