Executive Counsel, Church Division
Milissa Else’s experience in development and campaign management encompasses annual giving, major gifts, foundation and corporate research, grant writing, stewardship/donor recognition, special events, database management and strategic planning.
Milissa has been a member of Ruotolo Associates since 1997 and has worked with many of our Catholic and faith-based clients conducting planning studies, consulting on capital campaigns and directing strategic planning efforts. In addition, Milissa has designed and installed campaign database software programs for many of RA’s parish clients. Milissa was presented with the firm’s “Tim Manning Culture of Excellence Award” in 2004.
As a campaign manager at Dwight-Englewood School, Englewood, New Jersey, Milissa established a prospect tracking system, identified major gift prospects, coordinated donor cultivation events, initiated and managed a stewardship program, wrote proposals for foundation funding, and designed and implemented individualized cultivation strategies.
Milissa also was employed as a development associate at Hospital for Special Care, New Britain, Connecticut, working on prospect identification, foundation and corporation research for its annual program, writing grant proposals and other development materials, and coordinating the implementation of the capital campaign operational plan for the hospital’s first major fund raising endeavor, while promoting the development of a strong volunteer structure.
Milissa has presented workshops on principles of moves management and managing major gifts at NCDC’s National Conference, NCDC’s regional workshops and the CASE/NAIS Independent Schools Conference.
She has a BA in Spanish from Mount Holyoke College, from which she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Milissa is a volunteer for her alma mater and has served as newsletter editor and membership coordinator of Mount Holyoke Club of Bergen-Passaic. Milissa has been the Treasurer of the Pierrepont School PTA and Membership Chair for the Rutherford High School PTSA. Milissa is active in her parish and serves as St. Mary’s program coordinator of “Be My Witness,” a Renew International program. Milissa is also a graduate student at Seton Hall University, pursuing a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry.
Milissa, her husband Bert, and their two children, live in Rutherford, New Jersey.