The Christian Community in North American would like to welcome Mary Hirsch as our first Legacy Giving Coordinator. Ms. Hirsch has been hired by The Region to assist our individual communities in the development of their own Legacy Giving Programs.
Ms. Hirsch brings to this new position over 23 years of extensive experience ranging from public relations and marketing to planned giving, major gifts and capital campaign management. She has worked in large non-profit organizations, state universities, two Waldorf schools and a charitable foundation. As the Advancement Director at Kimberton Waldorf School, she launched Waldorf Works – a mission-based sustainable fundraising program that attracted over 500 people to campus over two years. She was Director of Development at the Waldorf School of Princeton, Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Director of Planned Giving at Rider University. Her skills also extend to layout and design and while working at the Girl Scouts, where she was Director of Public and Corporate Relations, she won a statewide competition for newsletter design. Mary spent nearly a decade on the board of the Gift Planning Council of New Jersey where she rose to vice president. She currently offers fundraising consulting services to Waldorf schools.
In her off time, Mary enjoys handwork, especially felting and doll making. This past year, she has taught approximately 150 children how to make Waldorf dolls, as well as felting, plant dyeing and other nature crafts.
Mary grew up in East Brunswick, NJ, and is a graduate of Rider University. She lives in Pottstown, PA, with her husband, Kevin, and daughter, Annie; she also has two adult sons, Conor and John.