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Cynthia Hurst, Nonprofit Consultant

As of August 2015, Cynthia Hurst is the Development Director at the International Campaign for Tibet in Washington, DC. She is no longer taking clients.

Cynthia Hurst is a fundraising consultant in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area and Washington, DC.  She has spent over 20 years as a fundraiser, fundraising consultant and advisor to foundations and donors.   Cynthia has experience with major donor fundraising, foundation grants, capital campaigns, corporate fundraising, special events, and direct mail.

Her clients have included nonprofits, businesses and associations.  Some examples are:  Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors, Dogwood Village, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, Jefferson Area Board for Aging, Oakland: the Nelson County Museum of History, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (formerly JILL), Pennsylvania Association of Realtors, Pharsalia, Virginia Organizing, National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, Nelson County Community Fund, Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayne Theatre Alliance, Urban Vision, U.S. Action, and the United States National Slavery Museum.

She was twice elected Chair of the Nonprofit Council for the Charlottesville Area Chamber of Commerce. She has taught fundraising courses at the University of Virginia, Piedmont Virginia Community College, and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence in Charlottesville. In addition, she has taught numerous onsite fundraising workshops for nonprofit boards and staff.

Cynthia has eight years of experience as a nonprofit executive director, including as Acting Executive Director of the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA, which has 60 staff, three locations, 3500 animals per year, and a $2.8 million budget. She understands how to train and manage staff, boards, and donors to achieve successful results for all. Cynthia has an entrepreneurial spirit. For seven years parachuted into cities to open new offices or jump-start existing offices for Clean Water Action.

Cynthia grew up in Virginia and has worked with organizations in California, Florida, Rhode Island, Texas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington D.C.

She started her career as a French teacher after studying in Avignon, France. Her free time is spent hiking, biking, practicing yoga, and traveling.

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