The latest addition to the Development team brings a wealth of experience to Sound. Bridget Toomey, Sound’s new Fundraising and Development Manager, relocated to the Puget Sound region in 2019 from the San Francisco Bay Area.
“I love the Pacific Northwest,” Toomey explains. “I enjoy unplugging and getting out to the mountains for a hike. But, like the song ‘I left my heart in San Francisco’ states, my Bay Area ties remain strong. I’m still a huge San Francisco Giants fan.”
Toomey was attracted to join the Sound team because of our Mission and Vision. She recognizes that behavioral health is important, especially now with the country coming out of COVID.
“Being part of an organization that provides an essential set of services for the community is important to me,” Toomey shares. “Growing up in the San Francisco bay area I saw the day-to-day need of those living on society’s fringes. There was a huge need for behavioral health services pre-pandemic, and the need post-pandemic is even greater. Being part of an organization that offers a network of support for those in need is paramount for me.”
Toomey has a background in fundraising, event planning, managing vendor relationships and customer service; all skills that are readily transferrable to her role on the Development team.
Susan Bean, Sound’s Chief Development Officer, says, “Bridget is a great addition for our team as Sound focuses on expanding our fundraising goals. She brings sponsorship and event experience, and also has a demonstrated track record of retaining donors and growing partnerships.”
Fundraising and development efforts are important for Sound’s future. The Sound events, like our IMAGINE fundraising luncheons or our Circle of Compassion events, allow us to illustrate to our top tier donors what their donations go to support. The aim is to increase corporate sponsorships and leverage networks to increase the donor base, which will provide support to help increase the productivity and effectiveness of our programs and services. Donor support is critical for Sound as we continue to expand in order to address the growing need for services in the community.
“I’m really looking forward to realizing the growth potential that the Development team has here at Sound,” Toomey relates. “What I love about what I do is really helping the community and being able to see how a program can help somebody work their way through a hard transition in their life. I’m looking forward to getting to know Sound’s supporters in the community and seeing what new relationships we can build, and how that can extend into what’s next for Sound.”
If you would like to learn more about the many ways you can support Sound and the services we provide visit https://www.sound.health/support/.