Brooke Jenkins, J.D., Senior Associate
Brooke Jenkins specializes in planning, organizing, and implementing major gifts programs and capital campaigns; assessing organizational effectiveness; and facilitating strategic planning. Brooke’s knowledge and experience as a lawyer and fundraising professional make her an excellent strategist, able to anticipate the multiple opportunities, implications, and challenges associated with any project. The tenacity she demonstrated as a leading multi-sport athlete and award-winning dancer during high school and college are traits that continue to give her a competitive edge in her dedication to the success of clients’ programs. The creativity and leadership ability she has exhibited as a choreographer, dance teacher, director of theatrical productions, and youth ministry leader all contribute to her ability to motivate staff and volunteers and to develop programs and resources that express the urgent and compelling needs of organizations and the communities they serve.
A native of North Carolina, Brooke earned her Bachelor of Science with Honors and Highest Distinction in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina and her Juris Doctorate from the UNC School of Law.
Brooke worked in the legal field for over five years, serving clients in the North Carolina counties of Mecklenburg, Scotland, and Hoke in the areas of healthcare, education, estate planning, business, family, criminal, personal injury, and child protective services law.
She then served as Executive Director of the Scotland Memorial Foundation, where she wrote grants and managed significant fundraising and advocacy initiatives for the Scotland Health Care System. These included major fundraising and healthcare awareness events, the initiation of a multi-million dollar capital campaign, and requests for and implementation of grant funding from multiple North Carolina-based and national foundations.
Since moving to Durham in 2011, Brooke has provided fundraising and strategic planning counsel to a range of educational, religious, and human services non-profit organizations in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area and to non-profit healthcare systems in the Southeastern United States. Her primary focus has been helping non-profits plan, organize, and implement all stages of a major gifts program or capital campaign, including creating compelling cases for support; developing the plans, policies, and systems for implementing the most successful campaigns; recruiting and training campaign volunteers; and managing donor prospect identification, cultivation, and stewardship.
Brooke proudly calls Durham home and is immersed in the local community. She volunteers regularly with and serves on the Board for Urban Ministries of Durham; and she has been extensively involved in leading the planning and coordination of its two major annual cultivation and stewardship events – Rebuilding Lives and Empty Bowls – and other significant marketing and development endeavors to benefit neighbors in need. For her exemplary volunteer commitment to Urban Ministries of Durham, Brooke was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Service Award as Outstanding Young North Carolinian by the Durham Jaycees.