You wouldn’t expect anything less from the Chicago native who has been to Wrigley Field every year of her life. A diehard Cubs fan, her loyalty transcends sports and encompasses who she is – someone passionate about giving back and committed to making a difference.
McHenry says she’s always had an interest in nonprofit work. That interest was fueled at DePaul University where she received both her Bachelors and Masters of Economics. While there, she immersed herself in community work, volunteering at an all-girls school for underserved students, studying abroad to Kenya where she worked with the Green Belt Movement, planting trees and engaging local female community leaders, and three years with the DePaul Community Service Association. Additionally she participated in a service emersion in Ecuador and a summer internship at the Robin Hood Foundation in New York.
That spirit of giving back aligns with the Paul Jonas Emerging Leadership award, which McHenry was awarded this year. The award honors the legacy of Paul Jonas, a long-time CPGR Member who passed away on October 30, 2015. Paul’s quiet, calm leadership created an unspoken expectation, inspiring others to rise and become their best selves. The award supports an emerging development professional with a strong desire to grow as a charitable gift planner and community leader.
McHenry says her work at the Robin Hood Foundation increasingly illustrated the importance of resources when it comes to nonprofit work and led her from the programming side toward development.
Upon graduation, she joined Fidelity Charitable for 2 1/2 years where she facilitated donations of cash and non-cash assets and conducted performance and compliance analysis.
When she decided to relocate in the fall of 2016 to Colorado, where her fiancé is from, a colleague suggested she check out Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable for networking opportunities and its job postings.
By the time she attended her first luncheon in November 2016, she’d already been hired as a Development Associate at Florence Crittenton Services, which educates, prepares and empowers teen mothers and their children to become productive members of the community. Last May, she was promoted to the Director of Development.
“It’s inspiring,” says McHenry of her job. “I feel really privileged and blessed that I get to work on behalf of these Moms.”
Upon joining CPGR, she signed up for the mentor program and was paired with Russ Shaw. At the same time, she participated in Rose Community Foundation’s 9-month Endowment Fund Planning cohort. Her work with Shaw and the Foundation were instrumental in supporting the rollout of the Florence Crittenton Services 125 Legacy Society and Dorotha Hogue Endowment Fund.
As a Paul Jonas awardee, she’s again going through the mentor program and serves on the Summer Symposium Committee. Additionally, she’s currently part of the Institute for Leaders in Development 2019 class.
“One of the things I love about CPGR and planned giving is it’s the long game.”
She’s found her involvement with CPGR invaluable. “I walk away with some nugget I can apply to my daily work.”
Besides cheering on her Cubs, she’s an avid yogi, fly fisherwoman, self-described “slow but spirited runner,” and Star Wars enthusiast. Additionally, she volunteers for the Crisis Hotline for The Blue Bench and is a member of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado Empowerment Council.