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“International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Fund: The Tale of the Ugly Duckling”

Janet Harris, Vice President of Development, The International Rescue Committee.
Hugh Dwyer, Director of Development & Operations, International Rescue Committee
Poonam Prasad, Founder and President, Prasad Consulting and Research

In 1999, Janet teamed up with Poonam while conducting a study for the IRC. They recommended against mounting a campaign because its fundraising function seemed immature and its mission too remote for donors to embrace. Nevertheless, the campaign launched with Janet, Poonam and Hugh on board. Overcoming the predicted obstacles as well as losses in leadership, 9/11, the dot com bubble and the current downturn, it recently concluded with $110 million raised. Come learn how thoughtful research, creativity and determination can beat the odds.