Today we’d like to introduce you to Melissa DeClue.
Hi Melissa, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
I’m a momtrepreneur, finally living in a place of peace and balance. I’m originally from Summerville, SC but I now reside in Lexington. My journey has been quite all over the place. I went to college to become a body, movement, and dance therapist; however, that is not where I ended up.
When I got pregnant at 19 and quickly had to shift and learn how to become an adult everything in my life changed. I worked my way up in higher education as a single mom. I started in Admissions and eventually found myself as Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship at a large public 4-year University.
During those years, I was able to complete my Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees while parenting, attending classes, and working full-time. It was not easy, but it strengthened me into who I am today. I even remember falling asleep in a one-on-one meeting with my supervisor because I was just so exhausted. In 2016, I met my now husband, who loved me as a single mom with 2 kids and we made a life together.
With his love and support and my ambition, I’m able to work as a nonprofit consultant with my own company, Amplify Missions, while being an amazing mom and wife.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Not at all.
Becoming a parent just shy of 20 years old was difficult. Their biological father was inconsistent and it made trust and building relationships something hard. When I got pregnant again at the age of 25, I hit my lowest of lows emotionally. However, I grounded myself in my faith and took advantage of silence. I prepared myself spiritually, emotionally and physically for the road ahead. Becoming an entrepreneur was scary, but I’m so glad I did it. When our youngest son, we have 4 children, was diagnosed with 22q11 deletion our lives have been filled with doctor visits. In the middle of a pandemic it’s hard to digest that your son has an immunodeficiency so I resisted returning to the office when my colleagues were. I shifted to a job that was fully virtual. When I was terminated from that job for starting my company I honestly wasn’t sure how things would go. But things have changed since then! I love my career, my clients, the presence I have with my family, and the comfort of knowing that things are truly going to be okay.
As you know, we’re big fans of Amplify Missions. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
As your Chief Engagement Strategist with over 10 years of experience in building relationships in developing fundraising and higher education, I’m here to coach and empower the new and existing generation of passionate non-profit founders with the tools to amplify their mission through transformative donor experiences and community-centric strategies.
I believe and witnessed the key to a sustainable non-profit organization is to have a community of advocates that will be invested in pushing forward the mission. This will help you to create louder conversations around your area of advocacy and will make fundraising easier and more efficient.
When I work with nonprofits, I want to have a deep understanding of you, your mission, and your community so we can create a strategy that works specifically for you and your organization.
Ultimately, I want to be remembered by you as the coach that helped amplify your mission to create a community of advocates passionate to be part of the solution.
We love surprises, fun facts, and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
I’m so laid back. People perceive that I am strict because I have 4 kids and extremely organized. I am the complete opposite. I play Just Dance with my kids weekly if not daily to beat each other’s dance scores. Also, we have a new little one coming in September so our home and hearts are full. So if anything we are organized chaos. I run of faith and coffee.
- Website: www.amplifymissions.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/amplify_missions or instagram.com/rewinerefreshrepeat
- Facebook: facebook.com/amplifymissions
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