mazarine treyz

As Buckminster Fuller says, I seem to be a verb! I like writing. So I do it a lot! And I like reading. This has basically always been my life. Now I love speaking and training too. If you call me up, I’ll probably be doing one of these three things.

I’m a feminist. This means that I believe that all people should be treated equally and paid fairly. I fight inequality with my blog, business, and speaking. When I get to help nonprofits fight inequality and promote equity, that makes me so happy.

So I wrote a book to help people self-empower in their fundraising careers, called Get the Job! Your Fundraising Career Empowerment Guide, and I like to present on salary negotiation and moving on up. I direct an online event in the spring called the Fundraising Career Conference. Our goal is to help people find the right career path and have better boundaries around work. I’m proud to say we’ve had over 1,000 people participate in this event so far.

I’m fascinated by leadership, so I also run the online Nonprofit Leadership Summit in the fall.

I love laughing. So each week in my newsletter I share a joke or two. I’ve built up a collection of them, so I have blog posts on here with twitter jokes that have made me laugh or at least smile.

I make tons of mistakes. Each year I have a blog post with my mistakes. I’ve also started making an annual report so you can reflect on the year with me.

Something that might surprise you about me: I do Superslow weight lifting. This means you bring your major muscle groups to failure for 20 minutes a week. It helps you build muscle and stay healthy into your 80s. That’s my goal anyway!

You want a conventional bio? OK.

Mazarine Treyz BA, Poetry & Gender Studies, Bard College.

Author of The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising, and Get the Job! Your Fundraising Career Empowerment Guide as well as The Wild Woman’s Guide to Social Media. Treyz is the author of 12 e-courses on fundraising, and over 50 unique presentations on fundraising, teaching over 16,000 people worldwide since 2011. She is the founder of the Fundraising Career Conference and the Nonprofit Leadership Summit, with over 1,000 attendees since 2015. Her popular website, WildWomanFundraising.com has 50,000 monthly readers. Treyz has been featured on the Chronicle of Philanthropy, NonprofitPRO, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Entrepreneur on Fire and many other media outlets. She loves to work with nonprofit leaders one-on-one to craft successful fundraising strategies.

Her clients span industries—from national nonprofits to government, from start up nonprofits to international NGOs. Satisfied clients include:


  • The Association of Fundraising Professionals National Conference
  • National Fundraising Convention, London, UK
  • Association of Donor Relations Professionals
  • Birds Caribbean, Jamaica
  • Kitsap Community Foundation Center for Nonprofit Excellence
  • US Olympic Committee
  • Bloomerang
  • MercyCorps NW Women’s Business program
  • GuideStar.org
  • VolunteerMatch.org
  • Nonprofit.About.com
  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Fundraising Success Magazine’s Virtual Conference
  • Progressive Business Publications
  • Blackbaud
  • Meals on Wheels of America National
  • The Schleroderma Foundation National Conference
  • Downs Syndrome Affiliates in Action
  • The Small Business Association (SBA)
  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • The Oregon Small Business Development Center Network (OSBDCN)
  • The University of Portland Master’s in Nonprofit Management Program
  • The City of Portland, Oregon
  • Metro Regional Government
  • The City of Austin, Texas
  • Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs
  • And thousands of nonprofits around the USA, UK, Australia and Canada.

Personal info:

I love having fun and being creative! I work on expressing myself through felting, encaustic art and poetry.

For the last five years, I’ve been giving Destiny Card readings. I’ve been certified to perform transformational card readings by the order of the magi. And I’m a founding member of the international association of cardology. I’m also starting to give Human Design readings. So much of our lives are filled with frustration and confusion. I’ve found that these readings help people accept themselves and others as they are.

Some of my favorite crew: Sheena Greer the fundraising writing guru of Colludo, Claire Axelrad, fundraising veteran of Clairification, Vanessa Chase of The Storytelling Nonprofit, Amy Eisenstein of Tripoint Fundraising, John Lepp of Agents of Good, Simone Joyaux of Joyaux Associates, Shanon Doolittle of Do Good Everyday, Joe Waters, cause marketing guru, Amy Sample Ward, who is all about #NPTECH, Gail Perry, originator of Fired Up fundraising board training, Pamela Grow fantastic fundraising guru!


The Wild Woman's Guide to FundraisingMy first book: The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising holds all of that stuff you wish they taught you in your first fundraising job. I took all the fundraising tips I gathered over the years and tucked it into one handy-dandy book. Everything from how to get your board members to fundraise to how to create a one page fundraising plan. It’s all in here. If you read this book, you’ll stack the odds in your favor by learning more about many aspects of fundraising, filling the gaps in your knowledge and getting more money for your cause. My goal with this book is to help you make fundraising more fun for yourself and for everyone involved with your cause. Click here to learn more about this book.




Wild Woman's Guide to Social MediaIn 2012 I published my second book, The Wild Woman’s Guide to Social Media. It was rated 5 stars by Nonprofit.About.Com, and it’s really good for small business too. What’s it got? Lots of worksheets. Lots of checklists. Lots of stories. It’s ultimately a step by step guide for you to succeed in building attention online. I share with you my secrets for getting 50,000 monthly uniques, over 5,000 people on my mailing list, and more, starting from nothing, with no connections. If you want to build a reputation, get more attention for your cause or yourself, you need to read this book.








In 2013 I published my third book, Get the Job! Your Fundraising Career Empowerment Guide. It has also received a 5 star rating from Nonprofit.About.com. It’s got sample cover letters and resumes for fundraising jobs, and how to negotiate your salary and how to interview strong. Even more than that, it talks about what happens AFTER you get the job.

Stuff like how to empower yourself at work. How to learn what oppression looks like, how to resolve workplace conflicts, and uncovering some of your motivations in fundraising and the nonprofit world. It’s the book I wish I had when I started fundraising. Click here to read reviews about this book.


 I’ve also created a number of popular e-courses about fundraising and marketing. Here are a few of them.



Why am I doing this? My goal is simple: deliver fun, inspiring education that will put you in the driver’s seat of your life. If you want to be the first to hear about the latest and greatest tips, tools and resources for fundraising and social media, be sure to sign up for my newsletter at http://wildwomanfundraising.com/free-stuff.

Let’s connect!

I’d love to meet you! The best places to connect with me is on the phone 503-673-3863, or in the comments section of my blog posts. Be sure to check my Events to find out what I’m teaching right now!

The Faberge Wrecking Ball by Mazarine Treyz

I also write poetry. Here’s a chapbook I wrote, called The Faberge Wrecking Ball.

You can also: email me at info at wildwomanfundraising dot com or call 503-673-3863.


I love to read, draw, make art and food with friends, write, and encourage others in their dreams.

Here is a list of all of my projects. Now your life is complete.

To Schedule an interview with Mazarine for your podcast, blog or TV show, email: mazarine at wildwomanfundraising . com.