Donna Wilkins

Chief Executive Officer

@life

Donna hails from the north, born and raised in Schaumburg, IL. Over 20 years ago she moved to Austin for a short-term opportunity and never left. Outside of work she is busy spending time with her husband, twin boys and two dogs. With a packed calendar, Donna finds time to share her nonprofit expertise locally sitting on the board of the Paramount Theater. When she does get time to herself Donna likes to run and enjoys discussing the latest book selection with her neighborhood book club.

What cause are you passionate about?
Human services causes are my real passion. I believe that if people don’t have the basics of food and shelter, they can’t achieve their best.

What did you want to be when you grew up? What happened?
The usual – teacher, nurse, doctor. What I’m doing now is beyond anything I dreamed of.

How did you find out that Santa was not real?
First grade – it was devastating. My mother still hasn’t forgiven my first grade teacher for telling the class right before the break.

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor and why?
Spumoni – why not, isn’t it everyone’s favorite.

If you didn’t have to work anymore, what would you do with your time?
Train to run a marathon under 5 hours.

@work

Donna is our fearless leader. She provides vision and leadership that comes from a solid foundation of over a decade’s experience helping nonprofits leverage technology. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Illinois. As Convio’s first VP of Client Services, Donna took their client base from one to over 300, shaping an industry leader in the process. Donna saw an opportunity to provide additional services to nonprofit organizations. She founded Charity Dynamics in 2004 to provide a smart, responsive option to clients ready to adopt innovative strategies for their online programs. She is rarely at rest: tirelessly exploring new opportunities and cutting edge ideas that keep Charity Dynamics out front of industry trends. From responsive tablet designs to mobile advocacy tools, Donna can scope it, scale it and serve it to create client deliverables that translate into real results. Donna does it all and still makes time to cook breakfast! Seriously, she cooks breakfast for Charity Dynamics once a month.