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Episode 156: A Deep Dive into Parenthood, Fundraising, and Professional Growth in the Nonprofit Landscape with Lacey Kempinski

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“After becoming a mom of three, I stopped caring about what people thought, for the most part, because I was confident in the mom that I had become.”
Lacey Kempinski

Episode #156

Overview

In this episode of What the Fundraising Podcast…

Embark on a journey into the world of fundraising, where seasoned professionals share their experiences, challenges, and triumphs in the ever-evolving landscape of non-profit work. In this podcast, we delve into the heart of the matter—balancing the demands of parenthood with the intricacies of fundraising careers. 

Our guest today, Lacey Kempinski, is a dynamic force dedicated to transforming the landscape of the non-profit sector. With an illustrious 15-year career in the non-profit realm, Lacey has honed her expertise in donor communications, major gifts, annual fund management, strategic planning, and leadership. However, her most profound revelation came from the heart—realizing the inherent challenge of balancing a thriving career with the demands of motherhood within the traditional ‘in-house’ fundraising model.

Passionate about addressing the struggles faced by working parents, especially in the mission-driven non-profit sector, Lacey embarked on a mission to redefine the narrative. Recognizing the toll on organizational well-being due to burnout and turnover, she envisioned a solution—thoughtful, well-supported parental leave. Lacey firmly believes that the non-profit sector can nurture stronger, more present, and more productive professionals by championing working parents. In doing so, she aspires to inspire the next generation of changemakers—our children.

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Get to know Lacey Kempinski:

Lacey Kempinski, CFRE, the founder and owner of Balanced Good. She is a graduate of McMaster University and Georgian College’s Fundraising and Resource Development Program. She is a mission driven fundraiser, with nearly 15 years of experience, fueled by a passion to make an impact for the cause she is championing. After 10 years of working in house as a major gift fundraiser, she jumped into consulting – quickly realizing she couldn’t be the mom and professional she wanted to be in a traditional workforce. As an entrepreneur and business owner, she is now focused on changing the way our sector supports parental leaves and working parents. She believes this is one important key to improving the social profit sectors burnout and turnover dilemma. Most importantly, Lacey is a Mom to three children – 7, 5 and 3. When she’s not working or playing LEGO you can find her hiking trails around her family’s off-grid home in northern Ontario.

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