The AmeriGives Management Team

Gary Carr, President & CEO

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Gary Carr brings over 25 years of business, nonprofit and community experience to AmeriGives. His background includes leadership positions in the technology, nonprofit, and financial services industries, as well as small business ownership. Gary believes that all of these skills are needed to successfully operate a company dedicated to corporate philanthropy programs and services like AmeriGives.

Prior to acquiring AmeriGives, for seven years Gary owned and operated Carr Systems, a software consulting and development company. At Carr Systems he focused on the development of Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms, fundraising systems, and data management. Typical engagements were long term, involving the rebuilding of enterprise level but outdated legacy applications, as well as the development of new product for growth companies.

He also founded Third Sector Labs, a nonprofit data services company serving nonprofits. TSL services include data management planning, analysis and cleaning, data migrations, CRM planning and implementation and building custom data applications.

Preparing him for AmeriGives, Gary has worked on the leading edge of fundraising software development for nonprofits for nearly two decades. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, while working at United Way he led development of the first scalable online giving system within United Way system. He later joined KindMark, a start up company providing software to the corporate philanthropy sector. Gary served as president of KindMark in 2003-04, then as a VP at Kintera where he focused on consolidating newly acquired business units and managing sales for Kintera’s workplace giving unit.

Gary began his career in the financial services industry, working nine years for Bank of America and predecessors in the Washington, DC market.

Gary’s client services experience has included Fortune 500 companies, startups, nonprofits and government. The key ingredient across all of his business endeavors has been service – technology has been an important delivery tool, but service drives the business model.

Outside of career pursuits, Gary was a co-founder of the Cerebral Palsy Ability Center, a nonprofit providing services to disabled children. He also served on the founding board of the Fairfax Partnership for Youth, an organization founded to address youth violence and gang activity in Fairfax, VA.

Gary remains active in his community, currently working with Catholic Charities to support activities bringing together of the business and parish communities. He has served many years as a volunteer and board member in the United Way system. Gary was a co-founder and past Chairman of the Cerebral Palsy Ability Center, where he continues to volunteer today. Gary lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and four children.

Allen Kirschner, COO

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Allen has been with AmeriGives since 2011 and brings with him more than 20 years of experience implementing financial controls, operational improvements, banking, real estate and finance.

During his career, Allen has worked within the banking, financial services, and insurance industries. His expertise drives operational effectiveness, systems design automation, financial controls, and customer service excellence for private companies, leading U.S. and Canadian banks, and the FDIC.

Allen earned his Master of Business Administration from Adelphi University, Master of Information Technology from American Intercontinental University, and a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York. Allen is a graduate of the FBI Citizens’ Academy in Miami.

Steve Greenhalgh, Managing Director & Chief Consultant

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Stephen Greenhalgh is one of the leading consultants in the workplace giving, employee engagement, and Corporate Social Responsibility industry. Steve has spent more than 25 years working with both Fortune 500 and Philanthropy 400 clients, as well as a number of small-to-midsized organizations pursuing corporate giving strategies.

As the founder and principal of SKG Consulting, Steve has specialized in corporate social responsibility and employee engagement. His areas of expertise include corporate – nonprofit partnerships, employee engagement programs, program assessment, benchmarking, strategy development and implementation, marketing and communications and research.

His more recent corporate and nonprofit and clients include: Abbott Labs, Accenture, Allstate, American Express, America’s Charities, American Red Cross, Avery Dennison, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Community Health Charities, Feeding America, National Children’s Medical Center in DC, Shatterproof, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Steve has conducted and authored three original research reports focusing on the trends and best practices in employee engagement programs. Greenhalgh is a speaker and trainer on employee engagement, corporate social responsibility, workplace giving, and board development. He often contributes to blogs addressing topics about workplace giving and employee engagement issues, such as Fundraising Without Donor Data and How to Calculate Donor Acquisition Costs.

Steve also worked for JK Group as Director of Research. While at JK, a leading matching gifts and workplace giving services company, Steve focused on working with clients to expand giving programs and evolve corporate giving strategies, while also engaging the marketing place with research, data analysis, and benchmarking reports.

Steve began his career working for United Way having spent 12 years at both the local and national level. He served as Vice President of Corporate Relations for United Way of America. In that capacity, he worked with more than 400 national corporations to develop and implement their national employee solicitation programs.

He is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a BA degree in Communications and Public Relations and lives with his wife and three daughters in Centreville, Virginia.

Debbie Snyder, Sr. Vice President, Business Development

DS Headshot 2015 (1)Debbie leads all facets of business development at AmeriGives, ensuring that AmeriGives’s expertise, strategies and tools are positioned to create solutions for our Corporate Social Responsibility clients. Debbie’s responsibilities include driving overall company growth, serving as the ‘external’ face of the company and a company spokesperson; developing and maintaining brand identity and corporate messaging; identifying and developing new markets, sales channels, and strategic partnerships; managing, and leading the development of solution strategies for clients and prospects.

Debbie brings 25+ years of experience in Corporate Social Responsibility program leadership, global program development, strategic planning, sales and consulting. Debbie’s passion is helping corporations and nonprofits work together to make the world a better place.

Debbie’s business career began with 19 years at EDS, a global leader in IT services, since acquired by HP. The last three years, she served as the Director of Global Community Affairs. Under Debbie’s leadership, EDS received the Points of Light Award of Excellence in Corporate Community Service. Debbie also served as a founding member of the “Business Strengthening America” taskforce, a corporate campaign for civic engagement and service sponsored by the White House. Under Debbie’s leadership, EDS launched one of the first international workplace giving campaigns.

Prior to joining AmeriGives, Debbie was a partner with Adcieo, a consultancy focused on the development and deployment of online engagement strategies and digital marketing techniques designed to enhance the results achieved by nonprofit organizations.
Prior to Adcieo, Debbie was the Industry Executive for the Nonprofit Group at Merkle, Inc. a leading CRM and Fundraising Agency. Debbie’s career also included time spent as the SVP of Sales and Marketing for Stratmark, a direct response fundraising agency, and as the SVP of Professional Services at Kintera, a provider of donor software and services to major nonprofit clients.

Debbie has served as a Board Member of several nonprofit organizations including, The U.S. Congressional Award for Youth, The JASON Foundation for Education and Young Audiences of North Texas. Debbie served on the funds allocation committee for the United Way of Metro Dallas. Debbie holds an M.A. in Organizational Communication from Baylor University and a B.A. in Communication and Public Relations from William Jewell College.

“AmeriGives makes it easy….”

AmeriGives makes it easy for us to support our associates’ efforts to give back to the organizations and causes that matter to them.
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