A native Austinite and mom of twins, Rachel Muir, CFRE is VP of Training at Pursuant transforming individuals into successful, confident fundraisers.
When she was just 26 years old, Rachel Muir launched Girlstart, a non-profit organization to empower girls in math, science, engineering and technology in the living room of her apartment with $500 and a credit card. Several years later she had raised over 10 million dollars and was featured on Oprah, CNN, and the Today show.
A winner of Oprah Winfrey's Use Your Life award, Rachel is a three time finalist for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award, was named "Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year" by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and one of Fast Company Magazines "Fast 50″ Champions of Innovation. Rachel is a recognized subject matter expert on moves management, major gift fundraising and has authored numerous white papers on these topics.
After spending 13 years as CEO of two nonprofit organizations Rachel joined Convio, a startup which later went public and was ultimately acquired by Blackbaud, providing fundraising software and services to nonprofits. Rachel managed the Go! Program, an 8 person consulting practice of nonprofit marketing and online fundraising strategists delivering best practices in online marketing and online fundraising campaigns to over 250 clients. After leaving Blackbaud to manage major gift portfolios for some of the country's largest and most successful brands, Rachel became Vice President of Training at Pursuant, a full service fundraising agency in Dallas.