DRi is pleased to announce the placement of Natalie Champ as Carnegie Science’s Manager of Donor Relations. Natalie will serve an integral role in Carnegie Science’s new comprehensive fundraising program.
The Carnegie Institution for Society lives up to its motto of “to encourage discovery and the application of knowledge to the improvement of humankind.” Established with Andrew Carnegie’s substantial $1 billion endowment, Carnegie Science has long supported independent researchers at the forefront of scientific discovery. These researchers have made contributions to everything from the discovery of dark matter to the development of Pyrex glass. Free from external funding’s pressures or interests, Carnegie scientists are able to pursue their own initiatives and discoveries.
Even Andrew Carnegie himself could not have imagined the extent of his institution’s discovery in its over 100 year existence. Today, Carnegie scientists are leaders in the fields of astronomy, Earth and planetary sciences, genetics and developmental biology, global ecology, materials science, and plant biology. The institution’s scientific potential will soon outpace and outgrow Carnegie’s endowment. Under the direction of President Matthew P. Scott, the institution resolved to create a best-in-class fundraising program that would match and sustain its world-class research.
Matching groundbreaking scientific work being no small task, DRi knew that Carnegie Science’s Manager of Donor Relations would have to have the same trailblazing attitude as its research. Natalie emerged as the ideal person who could bring Carnegie Science’s fundraising, and by extension its research, to the next level. Her ability to comprehend and translate the intricacies of conservation to donors within The Wilderness Society was a clear signal that she could use the complexities of scientific research at Carnegie to engage and enthrall donors. Natalie’s prior experience as a science and math teacher would no doubt aid her ability to communicate scientific priorities to donor audiences. Her inquisitive attitude and questioning nature with colleagues made it clear that she would develop a thorough understanding of Carnegie Science and its work quickly.
We look forward to hearing of Natalie and Carnegie Science’s groundbreaking discoveries in the future.