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Carla Farmer
Founder and Principal
Farmer Philanthropy
  • LinkedIn - White Circle
  • Donor-centered, trusted advisor.

  • Accomplished executive and business leader with more than 30 years of experience in Fund Development and Marketing. 

  • Established record of leading successful fundraising efforts, public relations events, branding, and product launches. 

  • Extensive experience in capital campaigns in challenging markets leading to long-term relationships with six-figure donors.

  • Collaborative and decisive leader with the ability to lead change, drive initiatives, work across business and academic units, and motivate hundreds of volunteers.

Fundraising & Donor Relations Highlights

Surpassed $35 million goal, raising more than $40 million through a five-year, comprehensive campaign for Cottey College. Implemented 96 "awareness events" across the United States and parts of Canada as part of campaign.
Initiated development function for Mercy Hospital and led the first capital campaign since the 1950's raising more than $2 million.

Achieved more than $1 million in documented planned giving in a single year by creating a system to proactively follow up on inquiries, developing positive relationships, and personally meeting with each donor.

Planned and implemented first brand project in 36 years for Cottey College. Led web refresh project. Received $240,000 in grants for both projects.
Managed annual gala events for Mercy Hospital raising in excess of $900,000.

Created and implemented new organizational structure for marketing, fundraising, and development of regional/national partnerships at Cottey College.

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