Dana Portell, Client Relations Manager

What gets you excited about your role?

We raised funds without training for 10 years, but had the privilege of coaching with Tailored in 2014 before moving back overseas. Finally, I was able to fulfill my heart’s desire to practice fundraising as a ministry. What a joy to be able to serve our ministry partners and connect with them on an individual basis. I’m excited that I get to play a small part in helping other people, like us, discover how wonderful it can be to invite others to partner with you!


What's your #1 tip for organizations to gain new funding partners?

Clarity and boldness in asking for financial partnership, followed with a heart ready to truly partner together.


Where can we find you on the weekends?

Since my husband is the Athletic Director at our school, we are usually cheering on our school sports teams at whatever tournament is happening that weekend, or we sometimes travel to see our teenage son at boarding school if it’s not one of his weekends home.


Where you have served as a missionary?

We served for a decade with our denominational mission organization in southern France (sports outreach) and North Africa (school based ministry). Since 2014, we have been serving through an organization specifically for teachers, so we work at a school in Taiwan where my husband is a Physical Education teacher and Athletic Director.