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Exploring Life & Business with Katie Moore of Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Moore.

Hi Katie, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Hi, thank you so much for having me! I was born and raised here in Central Florida (born in Winter Park and raised in Winter Springs) and my parents and brother still live locally. After graduating high school, I attended Florida State University for two years before transferring to the University of Central Florida to pursue a degree in Event Management through the Rosen College of Hospitality Management. During my last year at UCF, I found a one-year co-op with the American Lung Association, which gave me my first taste of non-profit life. I learned a lot during that time and realized I was interested in exploring careers in the Central Florida non-profit sector. Shortly after graduating in the Spring of 2009, I applied for an entry-level position with A Gift For Teaching, a local non-profit running a store for teachers in Orange County to shop for free classroom supplies. I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to work for this organization and be a part of the fundraising team. Both my manager and director played a huge part in helping me grow in my first position after college, and I’m fortunate to call them friends a decade later. After leaving A Gift For Teaching, I spent some time at a local arts non-profit and also had the opportunity to work for a national organization at their Central Florida chapter.

In June 2014, I was looking to make a career move, still within non-profit, but I wanted to explore working for a direct service provider. I met with Tracie Morris, who at the time was the Director of Development at Coalition for the Homeless. We had lunch and talked about an open position she had on her team, Development and Special Events Coordinator. I loved the mission of the Coalition and felt like it would be a good next step for me. I knew how lucky I was to have the safety net of my parents being close by and I wanted the opportunity to be part of a safety net (the Coalition) for those who didn’t have anywhere else to turn. Fast forward almost seven years, I am now the Assistant Director of Development at the Coalition and still feel just as passionate about the mission as I did the first time I walked through the doors. The work that the Coalition does each and every day is so important to our community, and I am so grateful to play a role in that work.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Overall, I have been very lucky that my road through life has been fairly smooth and I  have a strong support system here in Central Florida through my family and friends. However, the challenges I’ve had to face have helped me become a better friend, daughter and sister. I strive to learn and grow from every situation that comes my way and hope to continue growing both personally and professionally. I’ll always have a few little “what ifs” in the back of my mind, but I am so happy with the life I’ve built here in Central Florida, the relationships I’ve made and the opportunities I’ve been given.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida is the largest provider of homeless services in Central Florida. Their mission is to transform the lives of homeless men, women, and children by providing crucial services to end their crisis of homelessness. Each day they serve up to 500 men, women, and children through their residential programs, as well as more than 100 unsheltered individuals through their community initiatives. The Coalition has two residential shelters on their campus. The Center for Women and Families houses 240 single women, women with children, men with children and intact families. The Men’s Service Center is a 240-bed facility for single men. In addition to the residential services and community initiatives, the Coalition also has an onsite daycare program that is free of charge for their guests to utilize while they are a part of the program. The daycare is licensed by the state of Florida and can take children as early as six weeks old. This program is so important because it helps make sure that while the parents/guardians are working on getting back on their feet and into permanent housing, the kids are working with the Early Childhood Development Center team to ensure that they are on track to be successful when they start school.

I am currently the Assistant Director of Development, which means that I work closely with the rest of the development team on raising funds through private giving and special events. I am currently responsible for our direct mail campaigns, working I work with a copy writer to come up with a calendar of solicitation pieces that we send out throughout the year. I segment who should receive the solicitation pieces and then work with the printer and mail house to get those out on schedule. I also have the opportunity to work with our Philanthropy Committee on donor stewardship and prospect research. The Coalition hosts two fundraising events each year, Hearts of Gold in the Sspring and the Doug Spencer Golf Challenge in the fall. I work on both of these events to help organize the silent auction, chance drawings and other logistics of the event. We also collaborate on an event with Second Harvest Food Bank in the fall called Taste! Central Florida which benefits both organizations. I consider myself a very organized and detail-oriented team player. I love the team that I get to work with every day and appreciate that they challenge me to step out of my comfort zone and continue to grow not only in my role but also as an individual. We continue to find new and exciting ways to engage your donors and help raise money for the Coalition so that we can continue helping our neighbors in need. I am proud of the work that we are able to accomplish as only a small team of four.

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
I think my ability to be organized and have good time management skills when working for a non-profit is vital because no two days are the same. I often have multiple projects on my plate and will also have someone reach out about a funding opportunity with a quick turnaround, I have to jump at the opportunity to help however I can to make it happen. Working in a non-profit has given me the opportunity to work on administrative tasks, logistics, volunteer management, and finance reconciliations for an audit. I feel like the skills and experience I have gained by working in a non-profit would make me successful in the corporate world if I ever chose to make a career change.

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