Tammy Zonker - Nonprofit Storytelling Conference

Tammy Zonker
Chief Philanthropy Officer - The Children's Center of Wayne County (Detroit)

President & Founder - Fundraising Transformed


Tammy Zonker

I am an envelope-pushing fundraising practitioner, an inspiring international speaker, and a powerful trainer in the discipline of transformational fundraising.

In the past decade I have coached, trained and led nonprofit teams to raise more than $400M including a single gift of $27.1M.  

I moved to Detroit in 2008 motivated to fund raise in the most challenging economy in the U.S. and have turned those experiences into fundraising strategies, tools and processes for creating breakthrough fundraising results in any economy.

When I'm not speaking at conferences or fundraising, you’ll find me in Detroit leading online webinars and e-courses, hosting an online episode of ZTV or facilitating private workshops and retreats across North America and beyond.

My favorite storyteller is...

...Hailing from Detroit, Marshall Mathers, aka Slim Shady or Eminem is one of the world’s greatest storytellers. He courageously tells the tales of the streets, the ugly underbelly of urban decay, poverty and the infectious ills it inspires. He does so with fierce courage, insightfulness, vulnerability, and empathy. He bludgeons a crack in the surface of that world, allowing us so-called civilized outsiders to see in – and perhaps more importantly empowering those within to see the possibility outside.

Excerpt lyrics from "Lose Yourself” by Eminem:

All the pain inside amplified by the
Fact that I can't get by with my 9 to 5
And I can't provide the right type of life for my family
'Cause man, these damn food stamps don't buy diapers
And it's no movie, there's no Mekhi Phifer, this is my life
And these times are so hard, and it's getting even harder
Trying to feed and water my seed, plus
Teeter totter caught up between being a father and a primadonna
Baby, mama drama's screaming on her
Too much for me to wanna
Stay in one spot, another day of monotony's gotten me
To the point, I'm like a snail
I've got to formulate a plot or I end up in jail or shot
Success is my only motherfucking option, failure's not
Mom, I love you, but this trailer's got to go
I cannot grow old in Salem's lot
So here I go it's my shot.
Feet, fail me not
This may be the only opportunity that I got

My gift to you:

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Connect with me online:

website:  http://www.tammyzonker.com

twitter: ​@TammyZonker

Connect with me in person:

I'll be presenting at the 2016 Nonprofit Storytelling Conference.  

Come join me. Click here