Irina Thompson has dedicated her entire career to helping non-profits activate their missions through fund development. She joins Richner+Richner with nearly a decade of non-profit fundraising experience that spans museums, libraries, and human/aging services organizations. Immediately prior to becoming part of the Richner+Richner team, Irina served as the Director of Institutional Giving at Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties (JFCS). JFCS serves 80,000 people in five Bay Area counties annually, including 17,000 older adults through a full suite of innovative aging services programs through its Seniors At Home division. She also advanced the missions of the California Academy of Sciences and the Bay Area Discovery Museum by growing institutional fund development programs.
Some of Irina’s proudest professional accomplishments to date include: securing funding to launch the Try It Truck, a hands-on, traveling engineering experience, at the Bay Area Discovery Museum; and, co-authoring a chapter on relevance in 21st century fundraising in the 2015 book Fundraising and Strategic Planning: Innovative Approaches for Museums, available from Rowman & Littlefield.
Irina has been actively involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals nationally and through several regional chapters. She has presented at conferences and training sessions around institutional philanthropy and how development professionals can effectively collaborate across departments within their organizations and externally with community partners. Irina holds her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and her Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan.