CVNL Placement Announcement: Sue Robbins Named Individual Giving Director with Catholic Charities

Katelyn Willoughby

Katelyn is fired up about communication, marketing, business development, and working with diverse leaders in the North Bay to help them carry out their missions.

Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) is pleased to announce that Sue Robbins has been named Individual Giving Director with Catholic Charities. Sue will report and be a key partner to Director of Advancement, Kathy Brown. As Individual Giving Director, Sue will be responsible for managing Catholic Charities’ Anual Fund Campaigns and for increasing gifts from individuals.

Mrs. Brown said of Sue’s appointment, “Sue will be a great partner in helping Catholic Charities to meet its fund development goals. Her passionate and compassionate understanding of Catholic Charities’ mission to provide services and programs that strengthen families and reduce poverty, and her ability to work well with diverse groups make Sue the perfect addition to the Advancement team.”

Sue brings to Catholic Charities a unique combination of fund development and event planning and production experience with public education institutions and with nonprofit organizations. Sue’s fundraising background includes recent work as Event Planer with the Olympic Club Foundation, which annually provides a total of $500,000 in grant awards to Bay Area youth athletic programs. At the Olympic Club Foundation Sue was Board event liaison and directly responsible for increasing contributed income from events. Prior to her work with the Foundation, for seven years, Sue directed Anual Campaigns for San Rafael City Schools where she increased participation and funds raised by 37%. Sue also held the position of Vice President and Corporate Secretary with Robbins Construction, Inc., and for 13+ years was Director of Catering Sales for the Pan Pacific and Portman Hotels in San Francisco. Sue obtained her B.A. in Social Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.

“My passion has been and continues to be giving back to the community,” said Sue. “I am deeply committed to the work of Catholic Charities, and look forward to working with Kathy and the Advancement team to develop fundraising strategies that ensure that Catholic Charities is able to meet the critical needs of our community.”

Catholic Charities is the social services arm of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, serving San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties. Catholic Charities operates as an independent nonprofit corporation, and has a mission of strengthening families and reducing poverty. Founded in 1907 and rooted in faith traditions of charity and justice, Catholic Charities supports families, aging and disabled adults, and youth through social services and opportunities for healthy growth and development. For more information, visit:

Please join CVNL in welcoming Sue Robbins as Individual Giving Director with Catholic Charities.