Joanne Curry Promoted to Head of Client Success and Principal

Joanne Curry

Creative Fundraising Advisors (CFA) is pleased to announce the promotion of Joanne Curry to Head of Client Success and Principal. Since joining CFA in 2021, she has served as Vice President of Client Success by providing strategic fundraising counsel and building sustained relationships with CFA’s nonprofit client partners. 

“Joanne has helped shape our campaign consulting practice and build a team around delivering best-in-class strategy and solutions throughout the client journey,” states Founder and President Paul Johnson. “I am thrilled to recognize her for being a fearless leader and charting a path to help CFA realize this bold vision.” 

At CFA, Joanne has participated in more than 25 campaign counsel and fundraising consulting projects, including engagements with the Entertainment Community Fund, Friends of the Mississippi River, Headlands Center for the Arts, North Carolina Museum of Art, National Black Theatre, Triangle Land Conservancy, and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

Rev. Dr. Cindi Beth Johnson, Vice President for Advancement at United Theological Seminary, notes that, “Joanne’s work has been instrumental to the success of United Seminary’s Comprehensive Campaign. She has been a trusted advisor, careful listener, and a creative thinker. Her expertise, organization, and thoughtful approach to our comprehensive campaign has made our work successful and meaningful.”

In her new role, Joanne will lead CFA’s Client Success team, ensuring that all aspects of CFA’s client partnerships are grounded in the company’s core values of collaboration, transparency, integrity, creativity, and change. Joanne will continue to provide CFA’s clients with counsel on campaign planning and management, prospect development and strategy, and fundraising programs. She will serve as an accountability partner for clients, grounded in her expertise in mentoring development staff and team leadership coaching.

Joanne states, “I am thrilled to step into this new role at CFA. With our values at the forefront, I am excited to lead our Client Success team in delivering impactful strategies. Together, we will continue nurturing relationships and driving positive change through effective fundraising.” 

Joanne began her nonprofit career as Director of Operations and Rehearsal Assistant for two contemporary ballet companies in Missouri, Missouri Contemporary Ballet and Owen/Cox Dance Group, where she managed operations for fundraising and donor management, communications and marketing, and performance and educational outreach programs. She then went on to work as a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor Accountant with Support Kansas City, providing accounting services and training to nonprofits throughout Kansas City.

Before joining CFA, Joanne served as Head of Revenue and Interim Head of Development at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, where she oversaw strategy for earned revenue and development. At the McNay, Joanne was responsible for the database, membership, special events, visitor services, and museum store. Additionally, she launched a monthly membership program and developed and implemented a prospect management system.

A native of Port Jefferson, New York, Joanne holds a BFA in Ballet Performance and Teaching from the University of Utah. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and rescue dog.