Valerie Mullen Pletcher is a nonprofit entrepreneur with over two decades of professional fundraising and management experience. Her leadership in developing integrated, not-for-profit systems, have resulted in millions of dollars raised to help organization missions thrive. A nonprofit director and fundraising specialist with 20+ years of experience building and restructuring effective nonprofit fundraising programs that advance revenue, increase donor retention, and develop major gift philanthropy. She is an experienced Executive Director and Chief Development Officer, highly skilled at leading organizational change, collaborating with VIPs, leaders, and program directors to advance mission impact, building and managing integrated fundraising programs, developing and leading major and campaign gift strategy, public relations, marketing, building strategic partnerships, digital fundraising, and coaching and training.
Valerie’s specialties include organizational assessment, strategic planning, strategic partnership development, and managing national and international programs. Notable achievements include graduating with distinction as part of the first U.S. cohort of the International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising - MInstF (Adv Dip) - a collaborative masters-level program with a focus in donor psychology, organizational leadership, and change management.
Valerie’s expertise and education have made her a frequent guest speaker and educator at AFP, and industry conferences and workshops, including a keynote on Youth in Philanthropy at the 2017 conference for the Japan Association Fundraising. She is a licensed consultant for the Nonprofit Standards for Excellence Institute™ She holds a B.A. in speech communications from West Chester University, and multiple certificates in grant writing, annual fund development, leadership management, and sponsorships. Valerie serves as a Trustee and Board member for the National Catholic Community Foundation and the Inscape Center for Personal Vocation. Valerie lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Matthew and children, Mary, Maggie, and Marlena.