Susan Clark, Director of Development
Susan Clark began her fundraising career as the PTA president when her daughters were in grade school. She enjoyed the feeling of making a difference and helping out the school with purchases for items that were not in the school budget. From there she joined forces with United Way of Suburban Chicago as a campaign director. Working with multi-site retail chains and non-profit agencies, there she learned the art of engaging large groups with campaign speeches and working with volunteers. Her career then led her to Aspire of Chicago where she worked with the fundraising team as the special events coordinator. Next she added director of development to her resume by joining Southwest Community Services, where she created new fundraisers and increased their fundraising profits by 40%.
Now at Soaring Eagle Academy, Susan is passionate about spreading awareness of SEA, its mission and unique methodology. She is always building relationships while expanding the organization’s reach into vital areas of funding opportunity, creating diverse income sources. She is enthusiastic in her search for new fundraising events/opportunities to benefit SEA. She leads the planning for SEA’s annual Fall Gala that celebrates SEA students, families, staff and accomplishments during an evening of entertainment, raffles and auctions. Along with a Car Raffle hosted by SEA over the past years, through the generous donation of McCarthy Ford, Chicago, she has added several new fundraisers including World’s Finest Chocolate, Cabin Fever Comedy at the Improv, Sunday Afternoon at the Cellar, Amazon Smile and BoxTops for Education. Her enthusiasm and ability to reach out to others is truly a gift.
She resides in Aurora with her husband Brian and between them they have six children and 14 grandchildren.
Fundraising at SEA
Fundraising in itself is not just about raising additional funds. It is about community awareness, working together and getting things done.
Here at SEA, tuition received from placing public school districts covers most of the school’s standard operating expenses, but many other expenses including the capital expense of building out our beautiful new facility in Lombard at a cost of $1.7 million dollars, as well as the other ‘extras’ including the creation of a school garden, a multi-function school activity bus for high school students to be transported to vocational life skill experiences in the community and SMART board technology/specialized equipment, are critical for providing cutting-edge teaching methods that support our students’ individual learning needs.
We welcome individuals and groups to help in our endeavors as volunteers, sponsors or attendees of events.