In January of 2015, Nicole Engdahl joined the Foundation to establish its formalized planned giving department. In the fall of 2016, Nicole was tasked to lead a new department, Planned and Annual Giving (PAG), which encompasses three fundraising groups under one umbrella: direct response (gifts under $1,000), mid-level giving ($1,000-$24,999), and estate gifts (wills, bequests, etc.).
Over the past 20 years, Engdahl has honed her skills in nonprofit fundraising with both national and international organizations. She joined the National Park Foundation from Special Olympics International, where she helped the organization create and grow its domestic estate giving program. Prior to Special Olympics, Engdahl was a planned giving officer for the National Geographic Society, where she directed the planned giving marketing program and managed a portfolio of donors. Prior still, Engdahl served as director of development for the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, associate director of Annual Giving for St. Olaf College, and associate executive director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Wisconsin Chapter.
Engdahl’s background includes theater and classical choral music, and although she no longer participates in those areas, she is still an avid fan. Engdahl is also an active member of a local running club who run in the various DC national parks almost every weekend. Running is a relatively new pastime for Engdahl, however she has completed 12 half-marathons since turning age 40.