Jessica Quittenton, Director Prospect Management and Research, Bowling Green State University
How did you get into fundraising and/or prospect research?
I got into fundraising through my two-years of AmeriCorps service. I served with City Year Cleveland, an education nonprofit dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. I primarily tutored in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and at after school programs, but we also did a work with small community organizations. We often fundraised and looked for in-kind gifts to support our programs. It was a life changing experience for me and led me to first job as a membership and annual fund manager at an environmental nonprofit.
What’s your favorite thing about what you do or where you work?
My favorite thing about where I work is that it is at my alma mater. I started my new position at Bowling Green State University last month. After graduation I moved to the Cleveland area for 16 years. It’s so exciting to be back on campus and share everything I love about BG with my family.
What are you reading now?
From a professional standpoint, I just started reading David Lawson and Lori Hood Lawson’s Big Good: Philanthropy in the Age of Big Data. I am also reading the Bridgerton series. I just started book number five, Romancing Mister Bridgerton. I love historical fiction.
What song always gets you out on the dance floor?
No one could stop me from dancing if Shake Your Groove Thing by Peaches and Herb started playing.
Do you think iced coffee should only be consumed in the summer or all year round?
Only in the summer. However, to flip the question around, hot coffee can be consumed all year round. I don’t care if its 110 degrees outside I will have a hot coffee.