MW Strategies LLC
Michele Walls, CFRE
With nearly two decades of fundraising, communications, and management experience in museums, performing arts organizations, and higher education, Michele is a multifaceted specialist for nonprofits. She is an expert in development and advancement functions including major/planned/annual giving, grant writing, membership, campaigns, events, board governance, operations, and corporate and foundation relations. She has led fundraising, marketing, communications, membership, public engagement, and group sales departments to success, and adeptly navigated the challenges of leadership transitions, turn-around circumstances, and crisis management.
Through MW Strategies, Michele’s work supports small and mid-sized ($500M to $5MM annual budget) local, regional, and international arts, education, health, and humanities organizations. She enjoys digging into the details of programming and finance and working with staff and leadership to craft actionable ideas and engaging stories that advance relationships and yield new successes in philanthropy and marketability.
A native of New York City, Philadelphia has been Michele’s beloved adopted hometown since 1999. She is a board member of CutureWorks Greater Philadelphia, a management commons for arts, heritage, and creative communities that helps artists flourish. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Delaware, a Master of Science in Arts Administration from Drexel University, and is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP), Scrum Master Certified (SMC), and Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).