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Crystal Parrish, CFRE

Senior Foundation Relations Officer

Department

Development

Office Location

Carson City, Nevada

Area of Focus:

As the Senior Foundation Relations Officer, Crystal works to increase funding for WRA’s programs. Crystal works closely with the Development team and program staff to write and submit grant proposals and reports to current and prospective funders, and to build a sustainable pipeline of institutional support for WRA.

Background:

Crystal joined WRA in 2022 and has more than 30 years of non-profit management and fundraising experience, specializing in institutional support. Throughout her career she has helped raise government, individual and institutional funds for a variety of organizations in the arts, family justice, higher education and wildlife conservation. Prior to WRA, she enjoyed a 17-year career at the University of Nevada, Reno, including ten years as their Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. In this role, she built integral philanthropic relationships with business, community and foundation leaders at local, regional and national levels. Crystal has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive since 2019.

Education:

Crystal holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Economics from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana.

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