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Eric Spioch

Supervising Director of Capacity Building Projects
Hometown: Westminster, MD

Pronouns: he/him/hers

Eric is Elevate’s Supervising Director of Capacity Building Projects. He leads project-based services that leverage Elevate’s expertise to meet particular institutional fundraising needs like prospect research, executive coaching, or complex proposal submissions. Through these projects, Elevate supports organizations in overcoming gaps in knowledge, capacity, or time to advance their institutional development program. Eric also leads the hiring process for Elevate’s Director role, supervises a cohort of Director staff, and contributes to the development of tools and systems that better support Elevate staff and clients.

Eric joined Elevate in 2015 and has supported more than 20 organizations in raising 20+ million dollars, with a focus in organizations working on systems change work through policy and advocacy. He especially enjoys helping organizations define a clear and concise theory of change that communicates their work and its impact. He has developed and facilitated a variety of workshops and webinars on fundraising for systems change, communicating impact, and preparing for federal grant applications.

Eric is an avid plant dad and enjoys filling his home with as much greenery as it can fit (or as much as his cat and partner can tolerate). He is always down to trade plant cuttings or discuss care tips.

What’s your hidden talent?

I’m really good at, and enjoy, assembling IKEA furniture. My fee for doing so includes one order of Swedish meatballs.

What’s your favorite quotation?

“We do have a lot in common.
The same air, the same Earth, the same sky.
Maybe if we started looking at
what’s the same instead of
always looking at what’s different,
…well, who knows?”
— Meowth

Who would play you in a movie of your life?

I would like to say Zac Efron, but in reality it would probably be more like Michael Cera.

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