Education & Awards
- M.Ed in Organization & Management, Antioch University New England
- Graduate, Emerging Leaders Institute at the University of Massachusetts
- Top 40 Under 40 Award Recipient, BusinessWest, 2008
- Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient, University of Washington, 2018
On a personal note, Heidi grew up on the New Hampshire seacoast and is thrilled when she meets anyone who has been to her hometown of Portsmouth. She has called Seattle home for twelve years and loves spending time with her tightknit family, especially her wife and young son. When she’s not raising money or chasing her toddler, she can be found exploring the farmers’ market, beach combing for treasures, protesting for justice, reading a memoir or having fun with friends.
Known for her motivating enthusiasm and commitment to building lasting relationships with her clients, Heidi is dedicated to bringing great value to each organization she works with. She’d love to hear from you! Let’s talk and schedule an introductory conversation.
Heidi Thomson-Daly has a ceaseless passion for doing what she loves most: working with great nonprofits to raise more money. An accomplished fundraiser and executive leader, Heidi has been a nonprofit practitioner for 23 year and counting. Heidi has been in your shoes, knows first-hand how challenging raising money can be and is fully dedicated to helping you succeed.
Since founding HT & CO. in 2011, Heidi has worked with 100+ change-making organizations large and small, both in the Pacific Northwest and across the country. From a shop of one to a team of fifteen, she’s led over a dozen fundraising departments and helped raise well over $200 million in philanthropy. Prior to consulting, Heidi spent over a decade working in New England, New York and Seattle for a diverse group of nonprofits and foundations, giving her an abundance of firsthand nonprofit leadership experience. From there she has gone on to serve as the acting (interim) Chief Development Officer / Development Director for ten different organizations. In addition to interim leadership, Heidi’s expertise centers on high performance fundraising, $10M+ campaigns, Board trainings, event strategy and building major gift programs.
A lifelong social justice advocate, Heidi has a strong affinity for organizations serving marginalized communities. Both in and outside of work she is an ally, equity advocate and supports practices that dismantle sexism, racism, classism, homophobia, xenophobia and any other form of oppression. While changing the world is serious business, Heidi believes we are more apt to make a difference if we are enjoying the work along the way. She puts the fun in fundraising and brings a positive outlook every step of the way – just ask anyone she’s ever worked with!
Heidi is a contributor to Nonprofit Notes, a blog dedicated to reflections and resources on the art and science of nonprofit practice. She is also a frequent speaker on fundraising and served as Adjunct Faculty in the University of Washington’s Certificate in Fundraising Management program for six years.