About Bilou Enterprises
Valerie Lambert has found her niche, spending a lifetime in Annual Giving fund raising.
Having worked with non-profit groups running the gamut from grass roots levels through mid-sized and larger scale, Valerie’s experience in online giving, social media and direct mail has been incorporated in marketing locally, as well as domestically and internationally. Additionally, her expertise extends into phonathons, special events and volunteer management, as well as database management and statistical analysis.
A broad tapestry of education and experience – including some engineering studies – lends an added core of expertise to Valerie’s computer and statistical analysis skills . . . a much needed asset when compiling and reviewing fund raising data. She has worked for a variety of health, service, activist and educational organizations, which, when coupled with her methodical techniques, has resulted in multiple effective campaigns.
Valerie has a long history of working with her local AFP chapter and directing its Annual Giving Roundtable. Her insight and successful use of social media catapulted this monthly face-to-face group into new areas of networking and increased its online membership by the dozens.
Valerie’s online and social media expertise has been sought by many fund raising and marketing organizations who have invited her to be a speaker at their professional conferences, including:
• International Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP)
• Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
• Postal Customer Council (PCC)
• Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
• Various state and local chapters of AFP
Numerous articles written by/about Valerie have been published on her methodologies, including Advancing Philanthropy, AFP eWire, The NonProfit Times, Successful Fundraising and The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
She has also won fundraising awards for her campaigns, including the 2011 CASE District II Accolades Award for E-Solicitation (bronze) and the 2009 Gold Awards for Fundraising Excellence, Multichannel Category (bronze).
In a nostalgic look back at her first official position in fund raising, Valerie watched her daughter continue the fund raising tradition of becoming the Top Cookie seller in her troop each year as she volunteered to be troop cookie manager . . . for all seven years. Valerie considers her daughter’s success to be a testament to her skill as not only a proficient fund raiser, but a trainer as well.
What some former clients have to say:
I would highly recommend Valerie’s services to anyone who is currently looking for a job or considering a move. With the current job market, competition is fierce, and there are many qualified professionals vying for the same positions. In my search, I needed every advantage I could get. Ultimately, I was able to get several interviews, and a great job offer, after working with Valerie.
Before my search began, I thought my resume was in perfect working order. However, Valerie showed me ways to make it even better and more attractive to potential employers. I learned I needed to customize my approach more, using what language was most appropriate and engaging for each one. I even learned formatting tips that made my resume look more professional and easier to read. Once I landed the interview, help didn’t stop there. I received amazing counseling throughout the whole process – from preparation to follow-up. I went into each interview with the utmost confidence, knowing I had the tools in my back pocket to really make an impression with hiring managers.
Valerie didn’t turn me into the most qualified candidate – my skills and experience did that for me. What Valerie did do was show me how to present my best self in a way that set me apart from the sometimes hundreds of other applicants. My most valuable skills and attributes were brought to the forefront, I spoke with confidence and professionalism, and demonstrated that I undoubtedly deserved each job I applied for.
I honestly believe I wouldn’t be in the great job I’m in today without Valerie’s assistance.
Career Counseling doesn’t begin to describe what Valerie has done for me. Her assistance has been invaluable. I used her services through every step of the process: from resume writing, to job searching, interview preparation, and the post interview follow-up. She helped me to learn how to put my best qualities and experiences to work for me and to advocate for myself. I learned how to negotiate for what I desire in salary and benefits, and how to position myself to move ahead within an organization. I would not have gotten the last job – or salary – I did without Valerie’s counseling. I will definitely be using her service in the future as I move forward, and would recommend anyone interested in success do so themselves!