Cara Perez, Manager of Advancement Operations, Jump Start, Inc.
How did you get into fundraising and/or prospect development?
I was a lost college graduate who had no idea what to do next. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity by way of a friend to work for a small nonprofit that needed help with database management after acquiring another nonprofit. I have always enjoyed meeting donors during events and a few years into my career, I learned I could get to know donors without ever having to do the “ask”. I truly enjoy prospect research, learning about my community and the impact it can make on an organization.
What's the best career advice you've ever received?
You are always networking! You never know when someone you previously met or worked with can help you in the future.
If you could complete one work-related task with a wave of your hand, what task would you choose?
Updating occupation information in real time!
What’s a random fact you recently learned?
In 1892, the first rollercoaster at Cedar Point opened and with a top speed of 10mph.
What is the last TV show you binged watched?
Ted Lasso and I loved the ending.