senior strategist

Alison Canavan, senior strategist of Social Capital, is a recognized leader in nonprofit fundraising whose experience spans membership, mid-level and major gifts, annual giving programs, corporate partnerships, cause marketing and foundation giving. Since joining Social Capital, Canavan has served as senior strategist to leading nonprofits and foundations, including Americares, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Red Cross, CARE, Catie’s Closet, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Community Health Charities, ChildFund International, Disabled American Veterans, 4-H, FoodCorps, Girl Scouts of the USA, Land Trust Alliance, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Mercy Corps, National Safety Council, USO,  and Vera Institute of Justice.

Prior to joining Social Capital, Canavan led the corporate membership and individual major gifts programs for the Center for American Progress, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C. Prior to the Center for American Progress, Canavan was a member of the American Red Cross corporate partnerships team. At the American Red Cross, Canavan implemented cause marketing promotions, employee giving and volunteer programs in response to episodic events as well as for annual giving. She also served as the lead coordinator of the Annual Disaster Giving Program, which raises millions of dollars each year from corporate partners. Canavan began her career with the American Bar Association, where she provided administrative support and organized local and national recruitment events.

Canavan received a BA in political science from American University. She is based in Washington, D.C.