SDCC Names Director of Development

Tina Battle is a proud alumna of the Sue Duncan Children’s Center and a 21 year veteran of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. She participated in the Center’s programming while a student at Shakespeare Elementary School back in 1983. Nearly three decades later, she is an accomplished philanthropic professional with a background in fundraising and marketing, and a notable writing career.

Tina previously served as Director of Communications for the Chicago Foundation for Women where she played a pivotal role in moving the organization from infancy to maturity (1995-2006) through a pivotal branding campaign and elevation of its marketing efforts to reach new donors, volunteers, grantees and media. She received her introduction to philanthropy while a student at the Field Foundation of Illinois and served as Marketing Chair of Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy where she was the chief organizer behind its annual fundraiser, the Handy L. Lindsey Award & Lecture on Inclusiveness in Philanthropy. Tina started her own consulting firm, Battlestar Communications, in 2006 and worked with several organizations to improve their fundraising, marketing and program efforts through projects that included donor cultivation, strategic planning, grant writing, media outreach, event planning, publication production and website development.

She is also an accomplished creative writer who became a playwright prodigy after writing and producing several stage productions with her elementary and high school classmates as the starring casts. As a poet/spoken word artist she has shared the stage with The Last Poets, Gwendolyn Brooks and Sonia Sanchez, and performed at Chicago’s landmark venue, House of Blues. She earned an interdisciplinary degree in journalism and professional writing at Columbia College Chicago.

As Director of Development for the Sue Duncan Children’s Center, Tina is beginning a multi-year process of institutionalizing the fundraising and outreach functions of the organization, which had previously been run solely by volunteers over the past several decades. She will play a significant role in developing and implementing the Center’s overall fundraising strategy, including its capital campaign to open additional sites in other South Side communities in Chicago.

SDCC welcomes Tina to the team!

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