Ashley Marino is the Grant Director at Girls in the Know. She is married with two boys and a girl (11, 9, 9). She loves traveling, skiing, cooking and running. In fact, she has run 10-5K’s, 2-10k’s, 1-10 miler, 2-half marathons, 1-full marathon and an 82 mile Relay Race! Girls in the Know is lucky to have such a bright and enthusiastic member of our development team. Read below to learn how Ashley became involved with our organization…
I started non-profit work and fundraising 20 years ago, living in Richmond Virginia, working for the Arts Council of Richmond and Children’s Hospital. When I got married, I moved to St. Louis where my husband lives and began doing freelance work for Grand Center, Inc., Circus Flora and La Clinica (now Casa de Salud). After having children, I pulled away from freelance work to raise my son Leo and twins Caroline and Charlie, but once they started school I knew I wanted to get back!
The timing was perfect, because this is when I met GITK Founder Lori Lander, through my sister-in-law, Gina Marten – GITK Executive Director. After meeting with Lori and Gina, I realized there had never been a person in the organization dedicated to development/fundraising, particularly grant writing. I knew there was so much potential for this grass roots organization, loved their mission and Gina and Lori’s passion for what they were trying to accomplish. In 2013, I began grant writing on a volunteer basis for GITK and after 6 months transitioned into a paid grant writing position, also serving on their Development Committee. I am so grateful to be a part of the growth this organization has accomplished over the past few years. My favorite part about my work with GITK is seeing a program come full circle, particularly our community programs – offered at no charge to underserved girls. Finding the opportunity, meeting with potential community partners/funders, writing the grant, getting the check in the mail and making it happen! I love attending our community programs, getting to see the curiosity young girls feel during the workshops and then getting to see how inspired and empowered they feel after finishing the workshop. GITK has become so much more to me than freelance work. Having a daughter, I know the challenges she will face one day as she transitions through adolescence and adulthood and I want to always be there for her, giving her the support and love she needs to become her best self. Girls in the Know will be with us every step of the way!
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