Elyse Tipton, CFRE, development director at the Center for Grieving Children, leads the team of professionals and volunteers that builds support of the Center through fundraising and communication. She has held senior-level development and communications positions with diverse state and national organizations. Prior to joining the Center in 2011, she was a member of the management team at Maine Audubon, where she led communications initiatives and had development responsibilities related to annual giving, membership, and major gift development as well as a $7-million capital campaign. Her teams have worked on multiple campaigns, and in venues ranging from private homes to the U.S. Capitol Building and The White House. Among the additional organizations she has worked and consulted for are Advocates for Youth, the National Geographic Society, Reading Is Fundamental, and the Washington Post. She is an alumnus of the Pennsylvania State University and Portland’s Institute for Civic Leadership, and is certified in fundraising by CFRE International. Elyse currently serves on the board of the Regional Transportation Program (RTP) for Cumberland County and is a member of the South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club and a volunteer for Maine Medical Center and the Maine Cancer Foundation.