BOS Australia Fundraising Manager, Pink Elephants Support Network board member, Hello Fundraising copywriter/fundraiser – Jessica Frost has many strings to her bow.

BOS Australia Fundraising Manager, Pink Elephants Support Network board member, Hello Fundraising copywriter/fundraiser – Jessica Frost has many strings to her bow.

Are you doing what you wanted to do ‘when you grew up’?

I wanted to be a journalist, so not exactly. However, considering my work revolves around telling stories, I think 10-year-old Jessica would be happy.

Tell us about the work you do.

I have lots on the go but most of my time is spent working for Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS Australia). As a small organisation, there is so much to do. I feel lucky that my role is varied enough that I get to do creative things I love, like copywriting and design, while also putting together our overall fundraising plans and strategy.

My biggest focus for BOS Australia right now is retaining the dedicated supporters who adopt our baby orangutans throughout their rehabilitation process. The second is building awareness of the organisation in Australia – there’s so much room for growth!

I do ad-hoc copywriting work for other nonprofits, too, which is lots of fun. I love to write and get to the crux of the story – and the data segmentation.

I also recently joined the working board of Pink Elephants Support Network. It’s a brand-new nonprofit that supports women through miscarriage, infertility and pregnancy loss. It’s a cause I’m very passionate about. There’s a huge gap in the sector as there’s no real support available for women and their partners at such an isolating time so I’m excited about what we can do to change that. I’m helping to get our fundraising started and the donate page should be live as this issue goes to print.

What are your future goals?

There are many! A personal career goal is to speak at a fundraising conference and I may be ticking that one off soon, which is exciting. For BOS Australia, I want to double our net income and regular donors in three years. It will be hard work but it’s possible. Our funds go directly to our sanctuaries in Borneo so it’s nice to know my hard work can have that kind of impact.

For Pink Elephants, my goal is to generate $100,000 income in the next two years. It’s a cause that directly impacts one in four women so I’m eager to get our supportive materials into the hands of as many women who need them – and the biggest hurdle is funding.

What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you work-wise?

On the phone to a colleague and wrapping up the call I accidently said, “OK, I love you. Bye.” Thankfully, we both laughed and she said, “Love you, too!”

Tell us something unexpected about yourself.

I was on Huffington Post Live as a guest commentator – twice!

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