This is hard work. Don’t do it alone.
– Joan Throckmorton
Impact Communications Staff
Kathy Swayze, President & CEO
Meg Roberts, Senior Director, Planned Giving
Julie Price, Associate Creative Director
Jennifer Clements, Associate Creative Director
Hannah Summers, Marketing & Client Associate
Heather Slack-Ratiu, Client Liaison
Kim Searight, Marketing Coordinator
Onyi Obioha, Administrative Assistant
My first fundraising job was in 1985 at Traprock Peace Center in Deerfield, MA, the birthplace of the Nuclear Freeze movement. I’ve been proud to call myself a fundraiser ever since.
I founded Impact Communications because I am passionate about social change—and I knew I could help nonprofit organizations improve their messaging and attract more resources for their important work. Fundraising is especially exciting right now as the number of communications channels explode, creating many new opportunities for organizations to connect and deepen their relationships with donors.
It’s incredibly rewarding to come to work every day and know that your efforts are part of building a better world—fighting injustice, protecting the environment, curing disease and more. We get to meet the people whose lives have been changed, and it’s an incredible honor to be entrusted with their stories. I love my job every day.
Kathy Swayze, CFRE, is Impact’s founder and president. She is a past-president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals/DC, the co-chair of the education track for the 2012 Bridge to Integrated Fundraising Conference, serves on the board of the Potomac Crescent Waldorf School and teaches Sunday school at Unity of Washington. She lives in (and is constantly fixing up) her 90-year-old house in Northwest Washington.
My passion for helping others led me to a Master’s degree in Social Work, where I learned that grand ideas don’t go anywhere without funding. The basic tenet of social work is to help people identify and connect to the resources needed to improve their lives. As the heart, that is exactly what we do as fundraisers.
When Kathy approached me with an idea to start Impact’s Planned Giving division, I was immediately intrigued. There are so many organizations doing remarkable work and I have dreamed of ways to be involved with more of them. Working for Impact is the perfect solution!
I am excited to help Impact’s clients expand their abilities to raise long-term support by helping them identify and build the resources needed to grow their planned giving programs.
Meg is Impact’s Senior Director in charge of gift planning. She lives in Annandale with her husband, Scott and their 4-year-old son Nate. In her spare time, she enjoys running, knitting, horseback riding and daydreaming about the day she may actually have “spare” time.
When I first met Kathy over coffee she told me about the work she does and all of Impact’s amazing nonprofit clients. I immediately thought: writing for folks who work on so many important issues, from hunger and the environment to international development and women’s rights? Sign me up. And happily, several months later, she did.
Coming from the nonprofit sector, I love that now I get to write for several terrific organizations at the same time, all with missions that I’m passionate about.
I have two writers for parents, including a die-hard women’s rights activist for a mom. And I grew up right here in DC, immersed in all the idealism—and all the crazy—that makes this town what it is. This job feels like it was meant to be.
I love hearing all about the wonderful work our clients are doing, all the positive change they’re creating in the world. And I’m thrilled to help them tell their stories.
Julie Price is an Associate Creative Director at Impact. She is a graduate of the College of William & Mary. She is a ravenous reader and lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband—and high school sweetheart—Rick and their two sons, Richie and Luke.
Coming to Impact from the nonprofit arts sector, I saw firsthand how vital it is for nonprofits to have adequate resources in order to succeed in making positive change. Branding, fundraising, and achieving institutional goals are all an integral part of that process: You can’t make good in the world if you have no resources, and you can’t secure the resources you need if no one knows what you do.
As a ravenous reader and writer of all stripes, I’m a strong believer in the transformative power of language. So to me, this seemed a unique and fortunate position—to be able to help others do good in the world by working with them to shape their words, stories, and messages.
Jennifer Clements is an Associate Creative Director at Impact. She has an MFA in creative writing from George Mason University and a BA in English from Marist College. In addition to writing for Impact, she contributes book and theatre reviews to several websites, serves as fiction editor for an online literary journal, and picks away at various creative projects. A recipient of a 2006 Fulbright grant to Slovakia, she loves to travel and explore other cultures.