Robin Heller


Robin Heller has worked for more than 30 years in the non-profit and voluntary sector, beginning as a social worker at the University of Pennsylvania (US) Health Care System. Since 2000, she has been chief or senior fundraising officer at large non-profit organizations that work in the US, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. These include the advocacy organization Children’s Defense Fund, the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalism organization Center for Public Integrity and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the youth mentoring organization Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and the global conservation organization Rare. While fundraising is always a team effort, she has directly helped organizations raise more than $100 million. Robin has a bachelor’s degree with honors from Northwestern University (US) and a Master’s Degree in Social Service Administration from Columbia University (US). She is particularly interested in cross-border fundraising, enabling global organizations to engage donors in ways that are culturally competent and lead to long-term, generous relationships.

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Her areas of expertise include major giving, foundations/institutional fundraising, board development, senior management team collaboration, fundraising ethics, and crisis management. The content areas in which she has deep knowledge are health, journalism and media, humanitarian issues, children and youth, education, and environmental justice. She is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), London. She is a member of the social enterprise members’ club House of St. Barnabas, London, which, through its on-site Employment Academy, exists to break the cycle of homelessness. She is on the advisory board of the Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Services organization (Washington, D.C.) and the Board of Trustees of Tzedek, the U.K.’s Jewish community response to global extreme poverty.

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