Adrienne BrooksAuthor: CFFPP . Date: May 26, 2017
Adrienne Brooks is Director of Marketing and Development with Youth Guidance in Chicago. For more than twenty-two years, she has assisted nonprofit organizations with her expertise in fundraising. Beginning as a social worker and program developer, Ms. Brooks learned the art of fundraising through a commitment to ensure that programs that employed her were fiscally healthy. She has played a key role in raising a wide range of funds for human service organizations – both “grassroots” as well as nationally recognized nonprofits, including Nia Comprehensive Center, Howard Area Community Center, Lutheran Family Services, ChildServ, Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly, and United Way-Metropolitan Chicago. Assuming the primary role as grant writer for the aforementioned organizations, Ms. Brooks evolved as a top resource development administrator, overseeing fundraising, marketing, planned giving, and special events for a wide variety of human service organizations throughout the Chicago area.
For the past 17 years, Ms. Brooks has taught as an adjunct professor for the social science and psychology departments of National Louis University (Chicago), Aurora University (Aurora, IL), and the City Colleges of Chicago. She also makes frequent presentations on nonprofit board training and grant writing techniques.
Ms. Brooks holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Ms. Brooks has also done post-graduate work at Erickson Institute for Early Childhood Studies in Chicago and at National Louis University, where she pursued a doctorate in Educational Psychology.