Linda Safran is the president of Resource Development Services.
Linda's first job was as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Brazil where she worked in community development. She has continued that work through helping non-profit organizations all over the country.
She began her development career thirty years ago in Baltimore Maryland as a program officer at the Fund For Johns Hopkins Medicine and later as director of Library Development for the university where she raised over $4million through a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Linda went on to hold senior development positions in several medical institutions and for other non-propfit organizations. She has served as a planned giving officer, acting director of a college alumni association, directed capital campaigns, managed direct mail as well as internet-based fundraising campaigns. She recently raised nearly $1million using social networking.
She has worked in the fields of historical preservation, elementary, middle school, and higher education, as well as social services and aging.
Linda also served as executive director of a grant-making foundation from its inception to divestment. She oversaw the award process for $5 million in grants to improve health-related services for underserved populations in Maryland.
She has always been an active volunteer in her community. Linda served on the University of Michigan Alumni Association Board of Directors, several terms on the Chesapeake Planned Giving Council, as a board member for several condominium associations , and as a volunteer for over 10 years for the Maryland Association of NonProfit Organizations where she was as a peer reviewer for the Standards of Excellence Award. She currently volunteers for Schoolhouse Supplies and for Villages NW, both of Portland, Oregon. In 2013, Linda founded Advancing Research in MS (ARMS), an organization that endorses research and then seeks the needed funds.
She held the Association of Fundraising Professionals CFRE designation from 1996-2012.
Today, Linda helps small and mid-size non-profits all over the country advance their mission.