Director of development & communications,
Foundation for Financial Planning
- Spent six months in Tanzania as a volunteer teacher.
- Worked at retired general Colin Powell’s non-profit America's Promise Alliance.
- Has a black lab rescue dog named Jack Hammer.
Describing the Foundation for Financial Planning as the "charitable heartbeat of the financial planning profession," Katie Hammer admits she didn't know much about the profession when she joined the Washington-based group two years ago.
Today, working remotely from Atlanta where she is pregnant with her first child, Ms. Hammer leads the foundation's communications efforts and giving programs, with the intent of raising awareness for pro bono financial planning.
Volunteering in Africa during and after college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill influenced her decision to seek a career in the non-profit sector. She moved to Washington after graduating in 2008 and worked in fundraising for the Kennedy Center and America's Promise before joining the Foundation in early 2016.
She is perhaps most proud of having created the organization's first issue-based fundraising effort, the Pro Bono Cancer Campaign.
"It began last September, and includes a website, messaging, collateral material and videos," she said. "We've raised $1.2 million, mostly from CFP professionals, and continue to fundraise."
Many families coping with cancer struggle financially, and are almost three times more likely to go bankrupt than others, despite almost 86% of them having had insurance, she explained.
"In many families, someone has had to quit a job to take care of others, so there is a loss of income on top of bills. Our volunteers help families get organized, prioritize debt and budget," Ms. Hammer said, noting there is still much to do.
— Evan Cooper