Gail SiegeI has joined the firm as a Senior Consultant

Ventura, CA – C.I. Partners Direct, Inc., (

Gail brings almost 30 years of fundraising experience at a range of healthcare organizations to her clients, including in-depth experience evolving direct-response program strategies.

She has led direct-response efforts at the top-ranked Texas Children’s Hospital, where she drove changes which resulted in a 10-year high in direct mail channel revenue, an improved donor profile, and increased channel integration.  Gail also guided the hospital’s programs focused on high-end direct mail giving and stewardship, grateful patient education and outreach, and membership.

In the first year of implementation, her changes to direct mail stewardship at Texas Children’s resulted in a 15% increase in the new donor second gift rate.

Gail also has extensive experience in prospect research and management, and major gift proposals and collateral.

Her broad fundraising experience means she understands each client’s fundraising ecosystem and can advise them about increasing their impact on prospect feeds, collaborating with other teams to leverage direct-response—or just growing their annual outreach.

Gail has managed budgets of $2 million+ and served as a program leader in multiple comprehensive campaigns at organizations including Houston Methodist, the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHealth), Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), and the American Cancer Society.

When not being a self-described “development nerd,” Gail follows other nerd pursuits such as debating Star Wars motivations and dichotomies, re-watching Babylon Five, and reading fantasy and science fiction novels.  She also paints, cooks, and overindulges her three cats.  She and her husband reside in Houston, Texas.

Donna Daly has joined the firm as a Senior Consultant

Ventura, CA – C.I. Partners Direct, Inc., ( is pleased to announce that Donna Daly has joined the firm as a Senior Consultant, bringing over 15 years of experience in the management and implementation of strategic multi-channel fundraising campaigns.

Before joining C.I. Partners Direct, Donna designed and launched the implementation of Cedars-Sinai’s inaugural direct response and grateful patient fundraising programs. She was instrumental in creating a strategic vision driving donor acquisition, retention, and engagement to new heights. Utilizing her expertise with process improvement analysis, she successfully executed a streamlined and effective approach to donor segmentation.

Prior to her work at Cedars-Sinai, Donna served as a director for the United Jewish Federation in San Diego, where she established a robust annual giving plan for the young leadership division, significantly increasing the amount of revenue and gifts received. She also led the strategy and implementation of a landmark team fundraising web initiative.

Donna earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from San Diego State University and a Master’s in Evaluation and Organizational Behavior from Claremont Graduate University. She currently serves as a board member for Southern California Association for Healthcare Development.

Shawnda Lembke, Vice President and Principal Consultant said “Donna’s wealth of experience and institutional knowledge is a key addition to C.I. Partners Direct. She brings a new level of insight that will allow us to bring additional solutions to our clients. We are very fortunate to have someone of Donna’s caliber join our team.”


C.I. Partners Direct, Inc., is a national fundraising and consulting agency headquartered in Ventura, California. The company specializes in the strategic planning and implementation of multi-channel direct response programs for nonprofit organizations in the Healthcare, Higher Education, Social Service, and Cultural markets. They partner with their clients to provide customized programs to achieve their fundraising goals, while providing them with exceptional results and an excellent customer service experience.