Staci Dennison | Vice President
Staci leads fundraising and strategy projects for non-profit clients of Ignite Philanthropy. In her role as Vice President at Ignite, Staci has worked with a variety of clients and projects ranging from capital campaigns in the arts and health sectors to strategic initiatives to build and grow organizational fundraising capacity. She has raised more than $300 million over the course of her more than 17 years in the non-profit sector.
In 2005, Staci moved to Cincinnati to work for Cincinnati Museum Center as a Development Officer, Government Relations and was quickly promoted to Director of Government, Foundation and Corporate Relations where she raised the monies needed to construct a new education and research facility, developed a Corporate Business Partners Program and assisted with the merger of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Staci also developed and supported several state-wide coalitions and managed the Ohio Statuary Hall Commission which led to the selection, creation and installation of a bronze Thomas Alva Edison statue in the U.S. Capitol Building, one of two statues representing the State of Ohio. In 2009, she was recognized by the Ohio Museum Association as Museum Professional of the Year for her work and leadership. Staci led a team of fundraising professionals to support the overall activities of the museum, in addition to capital and endowment campaigns, and worked to secure two county-wide tax levies to support the Museum and preserve its home, Union Terminal. Staci worked at the Museum for ten years and was the Associate Vice President, Philanthropy.
Prior to her tenure at the Cincinnati Museum Center, Staci was a Program Manager for the Sojourner Truth House, a social service organization to keep families safe from domestic violence in Milwaukee. As the Director of Development / Programs for the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, a patient advocacy and support organization, she helped to launch a research awards program and managed two international medical conferences.
Staci worked in non-profit consulting and advocacy as a lobbyist at the Health and Medicine Council of Washington in Washington, DC. In this role, she worked with groups such as the American Academy of Family Physicians, Association of Minority Health Professions, Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, Digestive Disease National Coalition and the American Lung Association to advance research, training and prevention funding. Staci began her career on Capitol Hill in the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Budget.