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Dec 13, 2021

Susan Ludwig

Susan became president of the Coast Guard Foundation in 2016 after serving for three years as Regional Director of Philanthropy in the Northeast. With fifteen years of non-profit fundraising work and two decades of experience working in corporate sales and product management, Susan leads the organization towards a future where all Coast Guard members and their families have the support they need to be prepared for service, build resilience, and excel throughout their lives.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Susan’s path into the nonprofit world after two decades of corporate management
  • The many ways that the Coast Guard Foundation helps families and crew members 
  • The benefits of having a Coast Guard member in your local community
  • How the Coast Guard supports morale and mental health
  • What strategic initiatives are being used to grow endowments, and how the Coast Guard Foundation works to cultivate and steward their donor relationships
  • Challenges of being in the nonprofit sector, and how they counter-balanced the issues with Covid
  • How important their 80 member national board of directors has been to their success, especially in the last 20 months
  • What’s next for the Coast Guard Foundation, and how they plan to double their support
  • The question that Susan is famous for, and the good that comes from asking often
  • How to help