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Laurie Soenen

Job title:  Director, Annual Giving Programs    

Employed by:  College of Charleston   

What I like most about my job: ​ I enjoy the creativity and diversity behind what I do.  I always get asked the question by potential new employees, “what is a typical day like?” I always respond by saying that every day is different and every project is unique and exciting. I love that I get to work with alumni, families, students, faculty and staff!  Whether it is working with a donor to develop a new scholarship, designing a mailing to be sent out to 50,000 alumni, creating a student campaign launch event, or helping to brainstorm for the new alumni association strategic plan… they all energize me!  I love how unique annual giving is and how the only thing that stays the same is the fact that we are always growing and changing.

As Ethics Chair, my goals are to:  To make ethics fun! In all seriousness, whether or not we consciously think about it, we are making ethical (or unethical) decisions every day. It may be minor situations or large ones, but we all bring to the table our own ideas of what is right and wrong. I want to remind everyone that we have a strong local and national network of individuals who can help guide us during trickier situations. Please use your connections and always follow the AFP Code of Ethics.

What I enjoy about serving on the board:  The board has connected me to thought leaders in our community.  I am humbled to serve on the board with these individuals as they are all people I look up to.

I joined the Lowcountry Chapter of AFP because:  I thoroughly enjoy meeting new people who are passionate about fundraising. The work we do strengthens our community and I enjoy hearing how others build successful programs.

I'm originally from:  Prior to Charleston, I lived in Charlotte, NC for 10 years.                   

My hobbies include:  Hobbies… I exchanged hobbies for a 2 year old and a 4 month old.

Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is:  While finishing up my master’s degree in organizational communication, I wrote my master’s thesis on the process of onboarding and how that affects an employee’s long term success or length of employment at an organization. Since then I have become acutely aware of the right and wrong way to bring on a new team member and always feel guilty when the onboarding process isn’t perfected before hire date… even when it is beyond my control.

If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would:  SLEEP!  See the above comment about a 4 month old.