WILMINGTON, N.C. – Cape Fear Museum of History and Science is excited to welcome Kitty Yerkes as its newest donor relations director. Yerkes, a Wilmington resident, has nearly 15 years of experience in fundraising, grant writing, donor relationship management and annual fund management.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina. Yerkes has held a variety of positions, most recently, the development director at Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. At the Domestic Violence Shelter in Wilmington, she served as director of operations and development. In her tenure, she developed an advisory council, successfully earned major government grant awards, exceeded event fundraising goals and completed a capital campaign.
In her new role, Yerkes will foster strong working relationships with businesses in the area; educate and inform the community on the vital importance of the Museum and its economic impact; strengthen the philanthropic support of the Museum and work collaboratively with other non-profits to achieve Museum goals.
Yerkes is most excited about helping the community understand what a jewel the museum is. “I’m looking forward to working at a place that has a wider reach to the community it serves,” she says. Museum Director Sheryl Kingery Mays states, “We are happy to welcome Kitty to our team at Cape Fear Museum. She brings expertise and enthusiasm to the important work of philanthropy that will provide new opportunities for the Museum to serve the community.”