Developing Fundraising Leaders Institute

The Center for Nonprofit Management at Stonehill College (CNM) in partnership with the Advancement Division at Stonehill College has hosted the Developing Fundraising Leaders Institute (DFLI), a program aimed at developing future leaders. Selected students go through an intensive 12 week program that includes training modules at the CNM, an initial boot camp, and spring semester cross-departmental training in the Advancement Division at the College. One of the goals of DFLI is to connect community based organizations with undergraduate interns who have been trained in fundraising and development. At the completion of this semester long training, our DFLI students are exceptional candidates for internship placements in fundraising programs at a range of nonprofits.

*Pictured Above, DFLI Class of 2013.


Applications for DFLI are now closed!

 To learn more about DFLI, please download our flyer.

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Congratulations DFLI Class of Spring 2014!


Rebecca Auger ‘15

  I am a junior International Studies major, with a minor in Early Childhood Education. I have an extreme passion for nonprofit organizations working with all facets of child development, focused primarily in the developing world. I spent the past year interning abroad in Madrid, Spain at the Education Foundation for Employment, honing my skills in the nonprofit world and my Spanish fluency.


Kristen Bailey ‘14

  Hello! My name is Kristen Bailey and I am a senior at Stonehill College, originally from Norwalk, CT. I am a double major in Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies. Throughout my time at Stonehill I have developed a strong passion for social justice through nonprofit internships with Health Imperatives, Community Connections of Brockton, Cape Verdean Association, and through my time spent serving as an AmeriCorps Vista Summer Associate. On campus you may find me working as an Executive Leader for the Moore Center for Gender Equity or as a Resident Staff Assistant for the Colonial and Commonwealth Courts. After graduation I hope to pursue a career working with women’s empowerment and sexual assault/domestic violence nonprofits. Through DFLI I hope to become a stronger fundraiser and an asset to any nonprofit I serve in the future!


Sean Borger ‘14

  Hello! My name is Sean Borger and I am a senior at Stonehill College, originally from Wallingford, CT. I am double majoring in Psychology and Gender & Sexuality Studies. Outside of the classroom, I am a Resident Staff Assistant, the facilitator of a discussion group for LGBTQ-identified students, and I am one of two Executive Leaders of The Moore Center for Gender Equity. Throughout my time at Stonehill, I have participated in internships within the nonprofit sector, which introduced me to the incredible work nonprofits do. In these internships, I worked in direct care positions and I am looking forward to the exposure DFLI will provide me with other elements of nonprofit organizations. After graduation, I hope to complete a year of post graduate service, followed by a career in the nonprofit sector, particularly in the human services field.


Mary Charlotte Buck ‘14

  Hello! My name is Mary Charlotte Buck and I'm a senior at Stonehill. I'm a double major in Religious Studies and Spanish, and I am very excited to see where this leads me. I've been so lucky to have so many amazing opportunities through Stonehill; I'm currently the Vice President of the Student Government Executive Board, and was able to study abroad in Seville, Spain last spring. This year, I'm co-leading the HOPE trip to the Dominican Republic, which I'm very excited for. This past summer I got to work on planning the first-year orientation Into the Streets day, and was able to visit a ton of different nonprofits which inspired me to learn more about them. Stonehill so far has really opened my eyes to my passion for social justice, and I'm looking forward to the skills I learn in DFLI impacting the work I do in the future.


Larissa Chassman ‘14

  Hi, my name is Larissa Chassman and I am a senior at Stonehill double majoring in International Studies and Spanish.  I have always enjoyed volunteering at various nonprofit organizations which led me to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector. In the future, I hope to combine my interest in nonprofit work and exploring other cultures to work for an international nonprofit organization. On campus, I am involved in Dance Club, Ruckus and I am Secretary of the new Oxfam America club. I have also participated in many volunteer opportunities on campus including Let's Get Ready in Brockton and a Two-Way Bilingual program at the George Elementary School in Brockton. In March 2012, I traveled to Nicaragua as a member of the Stonehill College H.O.P.E alternative spring break program and this year I will be going on another H.O.P.E. trip to the Dominican Republic. I spent last spring in Granada, Spain where I was able to learn about and live Spanish culture. I also spent last summer volunteering at an orphanage and teaching English in Lima, Peru. I am very excited to participate in DFLI this semester and to learn more about working for a nonprofit! 


Lisa Edwards ‘14

  My name is Lisa Edwards and I am from Cheshire, Connecticut. I am currently a senior at Stonehill College with a double major in Marketing and Studio Art. On campus, I am a Resident Assistant, a Student Ambassador, an intern to the Office of Admission, a Teaching Assistant, and a Peer Mentor. This spring I will be participating in my second HOPE Alternative Spring Break trip to Portland, Oregon, my sixth service trip ever. The nonprofit field has always been of great interest to me and I am thrilled for the opportunity to participate in the DFLI program!


Gabriella Gobiel ‘14

  My name is Gabby Gobiel and I am originally from Woburn, Massachusetts.  I am currently a senior at Stonehill majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Sociology.  On campus, I serve as a Resident Assistant in Corr Hall, an Academic Peer Mentor for the LC I took (Swamp Rocks and Roadside Shrines) and co-president of Food Truth.  Through my experiences at the Farm at Stonehill, where I interned in the summer of 2012, I found a passion for food justice and for the community partners who work closely with the Farm. This passion deepened this past summer when I interned at Community Harvest Project, a nonprofit that works with volunteers to farm for hunger relief.  My interest in nonprofit organizations was confirmed as I simultaneously interned at the Center for Nonprofit Management in the Resource Room. When I graduate, I hope to enter the nonprofit sector to work with hunger and food access issues.  I am excited about the experience and skill set I will gain in DFLI and I look forward to applying it to the work that I hope to do in the future!


Alexandra Kirwin ‘15

  Hello!  My name is Alexandra (Lexi) Kirwin and I am a junior studying Psychology, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and Social Justice.  I just returned to Stonehill after a semester abroad in Nepal, Jordan, and Chile where I studied Human Rights.  There I completed a comparative research study examining how coming of age rites of passage define young women's roles in society and the resulting psychological toll which that redefinition takes upon them.  My on campus activities range from Campus Ministry service immersion programs and Chapel Choir, to research within the Department of Psychology and involvement with the Moore Center for Gender Equity and Residence Hall Association, as well as work in the MacPhaidin Library and the Center for Writing and Academic Achievement.  After interning at Child and Family Psychological Services in Weymouth and Norwood, MA and participating in H.O.P.E., I quickly realized that my heart lies in working toward social justice, particularly through nonprofit organizations.  I feel so blessed to have the privilege to access logistical training for my passions through DFLI's unique program.


Kristina Maguy ‘15

  Hello! My name is Kristina Maguy and I am from Ashburnham, Massachusetts. I’m a class of 2015 Biology major with a Healthcare Administration minor. On campus I am President of Habitat for Humanity, an Into the Streets Coordinator and a work-study student at Community Standards. I have volunteered with Girl Scouts, Habitat for Humanity and at Boston Children’s Hospital.  Habitat for Humanity has exposed me to the importance of nonprofits in social justice and global issues, especially through Collegiate Challenge alternative spring break trips. My passion for community service has encouraged me to learn more about nonprofits and has lit my way toward future career goals in public health. Through DFLI I hope to learn exactly how nonprofits function and how to effectively keep them flourishing.


Emily McGonigle ‘14

  My name is Emily McGonigle and I am from Canton, Massachusetts. I am a senior at Stonehill College pursuing a major in English with a minor in General Education. Over the course of my time here, I have further developed a passion for social justice. On campus, I am the Chief Strategic Officer of Enactus (Entrepreneurial Club), and have been an active member of Kappa Delta Pi’s Educational Honors Society. Last fall I was lucky enough to study abroad in Galway, Ireland and hope to someday return! As of this fall, I decided to branch out from the world of education and explore other career paths related to English, as well as development and outreach. In addition, I will be interning at Stonehill’s Office of Advancement and will also attend the New York City Externship Program. I am incredibly excited to learn about the world of nonprofits through DFLI this semester!


Andrew Miller ‘14

  Hello, my name is Andrew Miller and I am from Oxford, Connecticut. I’m currently a senior at Stonehill majoring in Political Science. Outside of class I am a member of the Stonehill College ice hockey team serving as the assistant captain, as well as a part of the Hill-to-Hill Externship program. During my years at Stonehill I have taken part in multiple internships in DC, Boston, and locally in different fields such as nonprofit campaign management, and business administration. I also held a job on campus my junior year as an Academic Facilitator with the Office of Disability Services. I’m thrilled to be a part of the DFLI program and look forward to the skills and knowledge I will obtain. 


Brendan Monahan ‘15

  Hello! My name is Brendan Monahan. I am a junior at Stonehill, double majoring in History and Criminology. My family lives nearby in Brockton, Massachusetts, making Stonehill feel even more like home. In my time at the College, I have been involved with many different organizations on campus. I have served as a Student Senator, a mentor and educator in the College's Education Department's MACK/WACK tutoring program, and a regular contributor to the Rolling Stonehill, Stonehill's student-run magazine blog, and the student newspaper, The Summit. I am an officer in the College's chapter of the Knights of Columbus. Since my first year at Stonehill I have had the great opportunity to work in the President's Office as an Office Assistant during the school year and over breaks and during the summer.  In my sophomore year, I travelled to Germany over Spring Break in an effort to study German culture from the period of Martin Luther in Medieval times, to the tearing down of the Berlin Wall in the modern age. This past summer, I was able to take part in Stonehill’s SURE student research program and continue that work in a Research Assistantship during the academic year. I am extremely excited to be a part of the DFLI program and to become more aware of the ins and outs of working in the nonprofit sector, as I hope to eventually work in nonprofit law or victims' advocacy in the local Brockton community.


Gabrielle Peruccio ‘14

  Hi, my name is Gabrielle Peruccio and I am from Glastonbury, Connecticut. I am senior Sociology major with an Elementary Education minor. Outside of class, I am a co-editor of the Sociological Newsletter, Prints. I have spent a lot of my time at Stonehill working with children in and out of the classroom at schools in the local area. This past semester I interned at School on Wheels of Massachusetts, a non-profit organization working with families and children impacted by homelessness. Through this experience and the many opportunities I’ve had volunteering, I discovered my passion and interest in the nonprofit sector.  I am very excited to be a part of the DFLI program and look forward to learning more about nonprofit management.


Christina Swider ‘14

  Hi, my name is Chrissy Swider and I am a senior at Stonehill pursuing a double major in Criminology and Communication. I discovered my passion for helping people through my experiences as a volunteer with Horizons for Homeless Children. My role as a Play PAL recently led me to join the ITS team as a student coordinator for hunger and homelessness. I am incredibly passionate about providing services to victims of domestic violence. I have interned with multiple domestic violence-oriented nonprofit agencies, including Domestic Violence Ended (DOVE), and am currently interning with The Justice Center. It is my dream to eventually develop a career in this field. I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the DFLI program and learn more about the ins and outs of nonprofit organizations.


Cassandra Therriault ‘14

  Hi, my name is Cassandra Therriault and I am from Lowell, Massachusetts. I am currently a senior at Stonehill College majoring in International Studies with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. Outside of class, I am the Publicity Coordinator for Oxfam Stonehill, as well as a member of the Senior Legacy Committee, Senior Events Committee, and Spirit Committee. Luckily for my internationally curious side, Stonehill offers many opportunities for students to immerse themselves in cultures around the world. In my sophomore year I traveled to Guatemala to study indigenous peoples and during the fall of my junior year I had the opportunity to study abroad in Madrid, Spain. My inspiration to work in the nonprofit sector mainly stems from an amazing internship with a local Refugee Resettlement agency this past summer. Throughout a six-month period I was able to learn the inner workings of a nonprofit and combine my passion for international affairs and cultures. While interning, I was given the opportunity to manage my own section of the organization and establish improvements along the way. I look forward to my final semester as an undergraduate student here at Stonehill and the newly acquired skills from the DFLI program for my future in the nonprofit sector.


Victoria Young ‘14

  Hi, I’m Victoria Young and I am from Plymouth, MA. I am currently a senior at Stonehill majoring in English and Sociology. Outside of my studies, I am a Resident Assistant and RA Council President, an intern at the Center for Nonprofit Management at Stonehill College, and a former SURE scholar. In my free time, I enjoy babysitting, running, and going to concerts. I am excited to be a part of the DLFI program because I want to learn more of the behind the scenes operations of nonprofit organizations. I hope to find my passion working with organizations that have a great meaning!


Andrew Young ‘14

Hello, my name is Andrew Young a senior Religious Studies and Sociology double major. In my time at Stonehill, I have participated in a H.O.P.E. service trip to Coachella Valley, California and am the student leader on the 2014 trip to Crosby, Tennessee. I interned at the local nonprofit My Brother’s Keeper for my Sociology Capstone where I conducted a mixed method qualitative research project. I observed and recorded volunteers’ experiences with My Brother’s Keeper and conducted interviews to discover how these individuals made sense of their service work. Ultimately, I am interested in the dynamics that service work has on impacting the lives of both the provider and clientele. This has led me to look at the nonprofit sector as a viable career choice, which in turn sparked my interest in DFLI. I look forward to learning more about fundraising and nonprofit in general, as well as meeting and working with individuals passionate about their work.