Dawn Knill is currently the Director Development and Public Affairs for Turning Point, Inc. located in Paterson, NJ. Dawn has over 30 years of experience in the non-profit sector with skills in administration, program development, finance and budgeting, customer/member services, stewardship and relationship building, special events, volunteer recruitment and management, as well as public relations and marketing. She has been a certified fundraising executive since June, 2008.
Dawn is also a faculty member at County College of Morris as an adjunct instructor teaching Creating Donor Centric Communications and Creating Special Events That Raise Funds and Friends. For several years, she shared her grant writing experience with the students attending the grant writing certificate program and then progressed to this position. She loves sharing her experience and knowledge with the students.
Volunteer service is a passion of Dawn’s and she enjoys sharing her knowledge of marketing and fundraising. She is faculty for the Association of Fundraising Professional’s Fundamentals in Fundraising and the CFRE Review Course. She is a former executive board member of the New Jersey Chapter’s Association of Fundraising Professionals and additionally has held multiple positions within the chapter which include secretary of the board, resource development chair, chairperson for the Conference on Philanthropy, chairperson for the Awards in Excellence Dinner as well as involvement with the Youth in Philanthropy program. She has also served on the Vestry of her church and was instrumental in helping raise $2M for their capital campaign as well as increasing the number of families pledging to the annual stewardship campaign. Most recently she started a healing blanket ministry at her church where she was able to recruit over 17 volunteers to knit and crochet healing blankets for those who are ill or experiencing difficulties.
Dawn lives in Basking Ridge, New Jersey with her husband, Chuck, where they raised their six children. In her spare time Dawn enjoys spoiling her 5 grandchildren, cooking, canning, gardening, raising chickens, and crocheting.