Teresa Newmarch is a seasoned fundraising executive with more than 20 years of experience in building successful development programs, and managing substantial fundraising efforts for local, state, and international nonprofit organizations in healthcare, social services, higher education, the arts, and environmental conservation. She has directed all sizes of philanthropy departments and successfully contributed to the planning and implementation of three comprehensive campaigns.
Prior to joining MCC, Teresa worked as Director of Development for Covenant House Michigan and has served as Chief Development Officer for both Blandford Nature Center and Save the Chimps, as well as Executive Director of the Pine Rest Foundation in Grand Rapids, where she met annual fundraising goals for Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services while also serving as campaign manager for a multi-million dollar capital campaign.
At Kalamazoo College, she held multiple roles, starting as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations where she worked in partnership with College administration, faculty, and alumni to secure funding for institutional priorities from national, regional, and local sources. She ultimately was promoted to Executive Director of Development, where she led the overall management of multiple fundraising functions supporting 13 development staff in areas of major and planned giving, annual fund, prospect management and research, and donor relations. During her seven-year tenure, she also served as Interim Vice President for Development during a leadership transition.
One of her career distinctions resulted from her work in the arts community where she annually raised 20 percent of the organizational budget for one of the nation’s largest community theatres – Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and School of Theatre Arts. There she managed and implemented fundraising initiatives including local and national corporate sponsorships and memberships, individual memberships and giving, and foundation grants.
Her entrée into philanthropy occurred at The Nature Conservancy, where she transitioned from the program side to become a major gifts officer. In her initial foray into development, she was responsible for raising more than $4.2 million toward statewide and global conservation projects.
Her background in philanthropy is deep, varied, and substantive reaching back to her nonprofit management studies in graduate school. Along the way, she has achieved her status as Certified Fund Raising Executive and earned a Certificate in Fundraising Management from The Fundraising School at Indiana University. In 2018, she completed training to join the Association of Fundraising Professional’s Faculty Training Academy.
She received her Master in Public Administration, with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, from Grand Valley State University. She has an undergraduate degree in biology from the same institution.