Nashville, Tenn. — Centerstone, Middle Tennessee’s leading provider of behavioral health services, has announced that veteran fundraiser Laura Allen is the organization’s new director of development.
In her new role, Allen is responsible for conceptualizing, planning and implementing Centerstone’s development and fundraising endeavors. Specifically, she will manage a portfolio of major gift prospects and be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding philanthropic support for Centerstone’s programs and services.
“Laura’s strong ties to the community and dedication to improving the quality of life in the Middle Tennessee area will support Centerstone’s mission to improve the lives of the people we serve,” said David Guth, CEO of Centerstone. “We are delighted to have someone of Laura’s enthusiasm and experience as part of our team.”
Allen joins Centerstone from the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, where she served as the director of development and managed fundraising activity for the hospital. From 2000 to 2004, Allen was the marketing manager for the Shop At Home Network and shopathometv.com, where she managed $7.5 million of new revenue, all aspects of revenue-generating database marketing through direct mail and email campaigns, and alliance partner programs. From 1996 to 1999, Allen served as the education and outreach director for the Nashville Symphony, managing 11 education programs serving 70,000 children in 13 counties. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP).
Currently, Allen serves on the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and the Women United in Giving Advisory Committee of United Way of Metropolitan Nashville. Her broad experience in community outreach includes work with United Way, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Rape and Sexual Abuse Center, Cheekwood, Belle Meade Plantation, Junior League of Nashville, Senior Citizens, Inc., Ronald McDonald House, Iroquois Steeplechase, Nashville Ballet, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Brentwood Historic Commission, and many more.