Corporate Board Trustee – Danielle Faulkner
As a non-profit development professional with a lifetime of experience, Dani’s North Star is “Not all money is good money.” She said that the best part of her work is educating others about how money flows in Baltimore City. Dani helps those who want to understand how to secure grant funding without losing themselves or their work’s identity. Originally from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, she represented Kent Island High School as their 2002 HOBY Ambassador. After her ambassador year, she volunteered for many years with HOBY Maryland and credits her time with the program as her start in development.
Recently named Parity Homes’ first Director of Development, Dani previously led development at Baltimore Corps where she grew the organization’s grant portfolio from $1M to $9M annually. Dani was an integral part of Baltimore Corps, spearheading fundraising efforts and advancing the organization’s mission to drive positive change in the city for the last 5 years. Under her leadership, Baltimore Corps experienced remarkable growth, expanding its reach and impact across various communities.
A board member of MOMCares, an organization that provides doula services to Black mothers in Baltimore City, and a Global Council Member for Community Centric Fundraising (CCF); Dani believes in spreading knowledge to increase wealth among BIPOC non-profits. The 2023 winner of the Champion of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for AFP Maryland Chapter, Dani is a graduate of Goucher College and the Georgetown University Nonprofit Management Executive Program.
With her interest in playwriting, Dani deeply cares about arts funding. In 2017 she launched GirlWright, a freelance service that provides comprehensive grant writing, grant source research, and related services for arts non-profit organizations in Baltimore, MD, and surrounding areas. When not working, Dani can be found with her twin boys, their cat named Homer, and enjoying her porch as a homeowner in Baltimore City. Oh, she’s a diehard Steelers’ fan.