May 9 2011

Joanne Taylor of Boise is Development Manager at Children’s Home Society

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Joanne Taylor of Boise has taken her grant writing skills, mixed them with 20+ years of experience in marketing and PR, and taken on the role of development manager at Children’s Home Society of Idaho. The Children’s Home provides emotional and behavioral health counseling and therapy to children, and the families that care for them, regardless of ability to pay. As development manager, I am responsible for grant writing, fundraising, and community relations.

The Children’s Home used to be the state orphanage. One of the first projects I got involved in, way before I actually started working at the home, is the historic preservation of the Children’s Home adoption records. An in-depth story about this appeared in the Idaho Statesman today. Click here for more. Since the story was published, I’ve received several notes from people who want to help, donate money, or retrieve their adoption records.

Silver locket left at Children's Home Society in the early 1900s for "Baby Johnson." Photo taken by Darin Oswald at the Idaho Statesman.

I can’t say I haven’t loved the work I’ve done as a PR and marketing person in the for-profit world, because I have. But this work, and those who are affected by it, have changed my path forever more.