Julie Teer is a highly respected nonprofit leader with more than 20 years of diversified experience and expertise in high-level fundraising and communications, including the national political arena, national nonprofit sector and resource development consulting. As part of the executive management team, Teer serves as Chief Development & Public Affairs Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), overseeing a team of more than 100 professionals responsible for the national organization’s corporate, foundation and individual fundraising and government relations as well as providing resource development services to local Clubs. In addition, Teer leads the strategic development of BGCA’s advocacy and public policy platforms, and assists in leading BGCA’s thought leadership strategy, board engagement and board recruitment.
Teer joined BGCA in 2012 as the organization launched its six-year strategic initiative, Great Futures: the Campaign for America’s Kids. This unprecedented impact, awareness and fundraising Campaign is fueling an increased level of service to kids and teens who need it most, with Teer’s team sustaining the impact by raising $383 million toward the Campaign’s $450 million goal as of August 2015 – 85% of the goal in just 55% of the time. In 2014, Teer led the resource development team in raising more than $140 million in private sector funding.
In just three years, Teer has led historic and transformational initiatives to grow and diversify BGCA’s development strategy. In 2014, the public launch of Great Futures marked the first coming together of the Boys & Girls Club enterprise – local Clubs, corporate partners, celebrities and Congressional Champions – with a multi-tiered marketing strategy that garnered more than 1 billion impressions. Under Teer’s leadership, BGCA also started its first-ever integrated direct marketing strategy to increase national and local revenue through a sustainable pipeline of individual donors. Most recently, Teer led the launch of BGCA’s new Alumni & Friends Club, bringing to reality Boys & Girls Clubs’ plan to reengage 16 million living Club alumni as donors and advocates.
Prior to joining BGCA, Teer served as Vice President, Development for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, where she built and led a highly successful development program and contributed to strategic revenue decisions as a key member of the leadership team. Teer established the major gift program at Komen, building major giving and foundation programs that generated more than $20 million in new revenue over a three-year period to fund groundbreaking work both domestically and abroad.
Teer established herself as a top advisor, communications strategist and successful fundraiser for leading national political leaders – including two presidential campaigns at senior levels, top U.S. senate races and time on Capitol Hill. Teer served as senior advisor for the U.S. Senate Republican leadership and both campaigns of U.S. Senator John E. Sununu, before being selected to run President Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign in the battleground state of New Hampshire, which garnered 60,000 more votes than in the 2000 general election. Following this success, Teer was selected to serve as part of Governor Mitt Romney’s senior leadership team as Press Secretary, Political Director and Deputy National Finance Director. Romney’s campaign set a new standard and record for fundraising in the GoP Primary, raising more than $80 million. A graduate of University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Teer began her career as the youngest press secretary in the U.S. Senate at the age of 24 for U.S. Senator Spence Abraham.
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