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Each month, we shine a spotlight on one of our chapter members with a series of questions. We hope you enjoy learning more about our spotlight nominee this month.

Alissa Yee MAY 2020

Alissa Yee
Bay Area Non-Profit Executive, Blackbaud, Inc.

How long have you been involved in the nonprofit sector?
Since birth! Growing up, we would spend most holidays volunteering and distributing gifts to those in need. My grandfather has been recognized by the Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) with a philanthropic leadership award for his time helping and supporting their Every Woman Counts Program. These values have instilled a strong passion for philanthropy and giving back. I've been an active advocate for the Bay Area nonprofit community for the last decade and professionally involved since 2018.

Tell us about your current position. What are your responsibilities?
My role is to listen and learn about the good work you all as fundraising professionals are doing! I represent Blackbaud in the Bay Area as a resource to the nonprofit community. I consult with nonprofits to help make a difference in this world through digital innovation and strategic technology by using our full ecosystem of products, including CRM, Marketing, Analytics, Grantmaking, Peer-2-Peer, Virtual Events, Financial/Fund Accounting, and Social Listening.

What has your career progression been like so far?
The majority of my career has been spent in technology, with the exception of my first job out of college with ESPN—where I won an Emmy for my contributions to the X games :) It's through my strong passion for philanthropy and helping others that I set out to find a position that leverages my technical background and combines it with my passion to have greater social impact. Blackbaud truly is this intersection between philanthropy and technology. 

What is the biggest challenge facing the profession right now?
The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has impacted almost every corner of the world and presents unique challenges for nonprofits and fundraising. For many organizations, the fundraiser is navigating new strategies to make up for lost revenue from cancelled events. Some organizations, like foodbanks, are raising more funds but are busier than ever. And yet, they still need more dollars to meet demands and are recognizing that digital transformation has become imperative for survival.

How do you manage to balance your personal and professional life? What do you like to do to relax?
I love to spend time outdoors hiking Sausalito with my partner, CorePower yoga, enjoy live music, and cook often for friends. Exploring the world, understanding different cultures, and volunteering internationally is my second passion. Over the last year, I have visited Cambodia, Thailand, and Bali. 

Last book you read (or show you’re watching or binge-watching)?
The Art of Happiness, Dalai Lama, Ozark