DRi is happy to announce the placement of Linda Naugle as the Coast Guard Foundation’s next California Regional Director of Philanthropy. In her new role, Linda will be key for supporting the brave members of the Coast Guard and their families.
The Coast Guard Foundation was founded in 1969, with the original mission to support the Coast Guard Academy and its cadets, but seeing a greater need, its role has greatly expanded over the last 30 years. On the average day, members of the Coast Guard conduct over 50 search and rescue operations, screen over 350 vessels, and aid over 100 people in distress. With such a large profile, the Coast Guard Foundation committed itself to ensuring that all members of the Coast Guard were cared for. Today, it provides moral, recreation, and wellness equipment to service members, scholarships to Coast Guard members and their families, and bereavement support for families who lost loved ones in the line of duty.
Providing such comprehensive service to cadet, active-duty, and veteran members of the Coast Guard requires a passionate development department that is as committed as the members it serves. The Coast Guard Foundation’s fundraising revenue has nearly doubled in the 4 years, and it was in need of a dedicated individual to serve as a California Regional Director of Philanthropy to further embolden donors.
It was clear that Linda’s knowledge and experience would be invaluable for the Coast Guard Foundation. With over 16 years of experience in fundraising, 6 being on the West Coast, Linda was well-equipped for passionately engaging donors and building expansive donor networks. Most recently, she served as the Director of Development for the University of San Francisco’s School of Management, where she was responsible for personally raising approximately $1.5 million annually. Additionally, she held multiple development roles within the US Fund for UNICEF. Her experience building a West Coast donor base and establishing a regional office in San Francisco for UNICEF was the ideal match for the Coast Guard Foundation’s needs. She received her B.A. from Bucknell University and her M.A. from Michigan State University.
DRi was honored to assist the Coast Guard Foundation in their vital work and congratulates Linda in her new position.