Helen Flannery

Product Manager

Helen has worked with fundraising databases in one capacity or another for more than 25 years, with a particular focus on the reporting and analytics capabilities that are closest to her heart.

Helen started her career as a database developer and manager for nonprofit organizations, including the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota and the Massachusetts Field Office of the Nature Conservancy. In 1998 she went to work for Target Analytics, where she spent the next twenty years managing the design and development of the donorCentrics product line—a set of interactive tools, analytic reports, and collaborative benchmarking services that analyze donor behavior for national and international nonprofits. There she also wrote white papers on charitable sector trends such as online giving, sustainer giving, and the macroeconomic factors affecting donor behavior.

Helen joined the ROI team in 2019. In her role as Product Manager, Helen is responsible for guiding the continued improvement of the reporting, direct marketing, and machine learning components of Revolution Online.

Helen also serves as an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies where she writes on the intersection of philanthropy and economic inequality, and works on reforming U.S. policy around charitable giving. In her spare time, she is never happier than when she is doing almost any kind of fiber-related craft, whether spinning, weaving, dyeing, or just meeting sheep. She also very much looks forward to the day when she will again be able to travel to new places around the country and around the world.