“Do to others what you want them to do to you.” -Matthew 7:12.
Fund development is a critical aspect of any nonprofit organization, and special events provide the means for volunteers to learn event planning and logistics and for the public to support a nonprofit’s mission. As the Ways & Means Council Director for the Junior League of New Orleans Board of Directors, Skye Sturlese Fantaci coordinates, develops and maintains JLNO’s fundraising activities including its Freret 5K, Touch a Truck, Get on Board and Annual Giving. She is responsible for increasing awareness of JLNO’s Mission and financial needs, including that JLNO puts 100 percent of its fundraising proceeds back into the community. Through management, organization and team-building, she helps volunteers harness their fundraising development skills to generate funds that support JLNO’s community projects. She reports to the Board on fundraising effectiveness and recommends policy and procedure changes that can further improve these events now and into the future.
Skye joined JLNO in 2008 and has since served as a leader on both fundraising and community projects. She has used this experience to help research new endeavors for the League, including its scholarship program to be introduced in 2018. She likes that she is able to give back to the community and use her love of volunteering to bring joy to others. When she was on the Education Support Services and Senior Outreach committees, she was able to see firsthand how JLNO assists others. She remembers the first year JLNO did a holiday toy drive for the Educare children. The children were so excited and appreciative, and the toys brought huge smiles to their faces. Some of them would not have had presents under the tree except for JLNO. This experience was an emotional and humbling one for Skye, and it made her proud to be a part of such a giving organization. She also appreciates the training opportunities JLNO provides as they have taught her how to be a more effective volunteer and how to work well with other volunteers to achieve a common goal.
As a Shareholder with Roedel Parsons, Skye has a general civil litigation practice with an emphasis in insurance defense, coverage disputes, first-party property damage claims and bad faith defense of claims. She previously worked as a Law Clerk in both the Western and Eastern Districts of Louisiana. Skye is active with a number of nonprofits and currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for Second Harvest Food Bank and as a member of the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Salvation Army. Originally from New Iberia, La., Skye completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Mississippi and graduated from the LSU Law Center with her Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Civil Law Studies.
Skye spends her free time reading, enjoying her family and volunteering. She loves old movies, especially musicals. She lives in Lakewood South with her husband Matthew, and their two children Charlotte (4) and Louis (2). The people she interacts with when she volunteers inspire her to keep giving. This includes the incredible staff at each nonprofit who work tirelessly to support the mission, the volunteers who give their time and talents because they love the organization, and the people that each organization serves.