Donna Fisher-Lewis serves as Senior Vice President at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF). She provides strategic leadership for fundraising efforts around CBCF initiatives; sets direction and goals for planned giving programs; and oversees fundraising development and expansion, and portfolio management of current and prospective donors.
With more than 20 years of experience in major gift development, annual fund management, corporate sponsorship, grant writing, and planned giving, Mrs. Fisher-Lewis’ background includes roles at nonprofits that focus on the arts, education, human services, housing, and the community. Prior to joining CBCF in 2014, she was the senior development director at Rebuilding Together, a national housing organization, where she facilitated a cultural shift for individual giving over a two-year period, making it a viable revenue stream for general operating support. The shift incrementally increased individual giving revenue by 75 percent. Prior to her tenure at Rebuilding Together, Mrs. Fisher-Lewis worked in three different community foundations in Michigan and Maryland, developing and implementing comprehensive development campaigns, facilitating planned giving, matching donor philanthropic interest and grant distribution, and building endowment funds. Throughout her career, she has presented at various fundraising conferences, seminars, and webinars on grant writing, board engagement in fund development, and individual giving.
She earned a Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and a bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology) from Towson University in Towson, Maryland. She completed additional study at the Indiana School of Philanthropy of Indiana University for annual fund development and marketing for development; and honed her planned giving skills at Harvard University at the John Brown Institute for Planned Giving. Mrs. Fisher-Lewis is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a proud member of the Baltimore Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.