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Elise Burgess

Elise Burgess

Writer and Consultant

Whether it’s for a single individual or a broad market, Elise is skilled at crafting messages that
inspire philanthropy. She specializes in distilling complex concepts into compelling language
that resonates with donors. At Benefactor Group, Elise supports clients with cases for support
and donor-facing communications. Her depth of experience in fundraising also makes her a key
team member on studies and campaign planning engagements.

Elise has been a fundraising professional for over a decade, managing teams, timelines, and
processes in support of record-setting campaigns in the arts, higher education, health and
medicine, and social services. Her previous experience includes leadership roles at The Ohio
State University and Children’s Hunger Alliance.

Elise’s interest in the nonprofit sector was sparked by a volunteer stint at a center for homeless
children in Cairo. Since then, she has done volunteer work in Nepal, Thailand, and Uganda.
Closer to home, she has served as a board and committee member for the Central Ohio chapter
of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has volunteered with numerous community
organizations. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University.

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