Frances Freyberg Blackburn

April 2009

Frances Freyberg recently joined Mission Hospice as Director of Development. She is responsible for reaching out to current donors as well as cultivating new donors, grant opportunities and corporate funding sources.

She explained that the job also includes increasing community awareness of the organization through effective communications and special events such as Light Up a Life and the Auxiliary’s Oktoberfest and Bridge Day.

“I believe public relations and donor relations share many common goals,” she said. “They’re both about building strong relationships.”

Freyberg comes to Mission Hospice from the corporate world and a variety of volunteer non-profit responsibilities. She currently volunteers as the public relations lead for Nuru International, a new organization pioneering holistic, sustainable solutions to end extreme poverty in partnership with the poor. As a biology student at Brown University, she and other students started the Brown chapter of Project HEALTH to engage students in community health issues.

She spent 2008 as a travel writer and photographer completing an around the world trip to more than 40 countries across five continents. That was after working in  various corporate communications  programs at Sun Microsystems.

“I’m excited to meet the many donors and volunteers who have generously given to Mission Hospice over the past 30 years,” she said. “It is through their support that we can offer compassionate care and comfort to end-of-life patients and their families, regardless of their resources.”

She became familiar with hospice work through her mother, Susan, a registered nurse and case manager at Mission Hospice.

“It’s a privilege to be a part of the Mission Hospice team, and I look forward to making a lasting impact on the San Mateo County community through my work,” she said.

Frances Freyberg  – The Nutshell

•  Travel writer/photographer, 2008
•  Public relations and corporate communications, Sun Microsystems, Inc. 2000-2007
•  Marketing communications consultant, 2004-2007

•  Education: Brown University, BS in Biology

•  Personal: Born and raised in Menlo Park, CA.
Enjoys travel, photography and hiking

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