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yolanda sommer

Community Philanthropy Manager

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Yolanda Sommer has more than 20 years of experience as a non-profit professional. She has developed successful fundraising and donor relation strategies for the South Carolina Aquarium, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Penland School of Craft, and most recently, Rady Children's Hospital Foundation.  Her marketing and recruitment efforts have helped these organizations establish new programming, increase equitable opportunities, and surpass fundraising goals.


Yolanda earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of South Carolina.  She serves as a Board Member for the newly formed Crafting the Future organization which focuses on connecting artists of color with new opportunities. 


Yolanda herself is a craft hobbyist working in textiles and letterpress.  She and her spouse, David, live in La Mesa with their dog Maddy. 

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