Nicole O'Donnell joined The Michael J. Fox Foundation in May of 2014. She currently manages the logistics and execution of the Foundation's annual benefit events, raising approximately $6 million per year.
With a personal connection to Parkinson’s disease, Nicole was first a fundraiser for the organization before joining the team. Nicole spent her first two years at the foundation working as a Team Fox Athletic Officer before transiting to the Special Events team. In her current role, she is responsible for the management and execution of the Foundation’s hosted fundraising events that generate over $6 million in research dollars per year. Events include a poker tournament, golf outing and the Foundation’s annual gala, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s, a night of music and comedy. Nicole also oversees other notable Foundation events such as the Team Fox Top Fundraiser Recognition dinner and Research Roundtables.
Prior to joining the Fox Foundation, Nicole worked at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Long Island Chapter as the Development Manager overseeing its fundraising events. To further develop her fundraising skills, Nicole transferred to the Society’s New York City – Southern New York Chapter managing and cultivating the Top Fundraisers from its mass market events including Walk MS, Bike MS and Climb to the Top. She also managed the Chapter’s athletic fundraising program, Race to Stop MS.
Nicole graduated from LIU Post with a BFA in Public Relations.