Blair Reynolds, ’04, succeeds by making the most of opportunity.
Reynolds is the director of annual giving and stewardships for the WakeMed Foundation, supporting programs and services for WakeMed’s patients and their families. When she began working for the foundation, which is one of the largest in Wake County, N.C., it was her first job in fundraising.
“I happened upon this amazing opportunity by chance. I spent the first seven years of my career in client services at [the nonprofit] InterAct, not in a fundraising role,” Reynolds said. She was hired by the WakeMed Foundation and in less than two years was promoted to her current role.
“Everything was a challenge. I reached out to my mentors and colleagues in the development world for advice and support,” Reynolds said. “They helped me build a successful fundraising program.”
Reynolds leads the foundation’s annual campaign, employee fundraising, events, and community fundraisers.
“Most of my time is spent getting to know people and businesses in our community, and sharing the WakeMed story to garner financial support and community advocates,” Reynolds said. “I love working with donors, patients, and their families.”
Reynolds is skilled at thinking from the donor’s perspective. “There are always goals and metrics to meet, which are important to have, but connecting someone with something they are passionate about is the best reward.”
Working at WakeMed helps Reynolds achieve a goal that is important to her. “I have a passion for giving back to my community,” she said. “WakeMed’s mission aligns with my personal and philanthropic goals.”
Reynolds was recently recognized for her achievements by The Triangle Business Journal, as one of the publication’s 40 Under 40 Leadership Award recipients. These awards celebrate outstanding professionals under the age of 40 for their contributions to their organizations and to the community.
Reynolds recalls Meredith College as a place with no glass ceiling. “Everyone at Meredith is equally empowered to be the best we can be,” she said. “The confidence instilled in me is directly reflected in my professional achievements.”