Jessie Nowak

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Jessie Nowak

Funds Development Director
Donor + Funder Lead

Title: Funds Development Director

What does that mean? 

My time is spent primarily behind the scenes of Dance Wire, writing grants and planning for other funds development. I also directly communicate with our amazing donors and train artists to fundraise through our 1:1 Sessions. 

1:1 Session areas of expertise:

  • Raising Money
  • Tracking/Engaging Donors
  • Grant Research
  • Grant Review
  • Strategic Planning

Education/Training/Professional Memberships:

  • Bachelor of Science in Dance from Western Oregon University
  • Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Funds Development from University of Notre Dame
  • Teacher Certificate through DanceAbility International – a world leader in inclusion
  • GrantStation membership – a comprehensive tool for conducting grant research.

Experience: LinkedIn

Artistic life outside Dance Wire:

I produce dance films and concert pieces on a project bases as well as teaching DanceAbility classes for people with and without disabilities and of any dance experience. 

Why my work at Dance Wire is meaningful to me:

While I have been dancing all my life, I have lost dance twice throughout my dance journey for long stretches of time because the level of training required was not compatible with my own emotional and physical needs. My circuitous route back to dance has formed my new approach. I am now interested in finding and amplifying everyone’s own strengths as movers and having people discover the joy of dance! I firmly believe that dance is for every body, regardless of each individual’s unique challenges. Dance Wire was founded on these same values and so my work here perfectly aligns with something I know to be true and have experienced in my own body.