Ann Fitzgerald, President of A.C. Fitzgerald & Associates, has a master’s degree in philanthropic studies from Indiana University. She has more than twenty years experience in sales, management, fundraising publishing and marketing. She has directly supervised large, multi-function teams as well as small groups specializing in these areas.
Fitzgerald was a key catalyst in launching the original Townhall.com site for The Heritage Foundation in the mid-‘90s and subsequently went on to lead the marketing efforts for the entire organization. Later, she also led the foundation’s publishing and production units. As Director of Development for The Heritage Foundation, she helped increase contributions income by twenty percent by establishing integrated programs for direct marketing, major gifts, and planned giving. Fitzgerald regularly writes and speaks on fundraising, systems management, proposal writing, donor relations, and prospect research. In 2008, she launched “Finding the Funding,” a fundraising training series for nonprofit executives. In 2009, she published the manual, 100 Tips, Techniques and Templates for Persuasive Proposal Writing, and more recently released the follow-up manual, 125 Ways to Identify and Cultivate Supporters for Your Cause.
Fitzgerald is a graduate of The Catholic University of America and has lived and worked in Paris, France. She started her career at BNA Software, a division of the publishing company the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. Later she joined the parent company and worked in both sales and marketing roles. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.