Alumni Success Story: Katie Garland, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania

Congratulations to AES Alum Katie Garland, who is the new Fund Development Coordinator at Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania! Katie was hired in April as Fund Development Specialist and quickly received a promotion in July. Katie received her Masters in History, Certificate in Public History, and Professional Certificate in Arts Management from UMass-Amherst in the spring of 2015. 

As Fund Development Specialist, Katie is in charge of fundraising database maintenance, donation tracking, and writing all grants under $7500. 

While a student with AES, Katie took a mix of on-campus and online sections of Introduction to Arts Management, Strategic Planning, Arts Marketing, Arts Fundraising, Grantwriting for the ArtsFinancial Management in the Arts, Creative Economy and Arts Programming. All the courses are part of our credit or non-credit Certificate programs.

"I continue to be impressed by how well public history and arts management prepared me for a career in development that I didn't know I wanted," said Katie. "AES Director Dee Boyle-Clapp always said that fundraising was really fun and I didn't full believe her - but now I get it! My favorite part about working in fundraising is hearing people's stories. Lots of people have deeply moving stories about how their experiences in the Girl Scouts impacted their lives, and I'm glad that the work I'm doing will help today's girls have those memories as well."

Congratulations again, Katie!

Are you an AES alum with a recent success you’d like to share? Email aes@acad.umass.edu.