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Big Thought Names Amanda Rainey as New Chief Advancement Officer

Rainey Will Use Extensive Fundraising and Communications Experience to Advance Big Thought’s Mission to Close the Opportunity Gap.

Dallas, TX, September 21, 2018 --( Big Thought, one of Dallas’ most respected education non-profits, today announced it has named Amanda Rainey as the organization’s new chief advancement officer. Rainey, who began her new position September 10, will oversee all Big Thought fundraising efforts, as well as its communication and advocacy strategies.

“Amanda is a game changer for our work,” said Byron Sanders, Big Thought President and CEO. “Her vast experience in fundraising for education and youth development organizations makes it clear to us that she truly gets our mission.”

Rainey joins Big Thought after serving as Vice President of Fund Development for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, where she lead the organization’s first ever capital campaign. Her expertise in relationship building, cultivation and stewardship comes after more than 10 years leading fundraising and marketing efforts for higher education. She previously served as the Vice President of Advancement at Parker University, the Vice President of Advancement at the University of Dallas and Executive Director of Development at Saint Louis University.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the Big Thought team,” said Rainey. “There has never been a more important time to empower our youth to become creative leaders in designing their futures.”

This announcement comes as Big Thought prepares to mark its 30th year working to improve education in the Dallas area. Big Thought works with local and national partners to develop in-school and out-of-school-time programming for students in Dallas neighborhoods with the greatest need.

“What’s most exciting about having Amanda join our team is that she not only understands where we’ve been, but also where our new vision is taking us,” said Sanders. “There isn’t a leader more equipped to help us build the relationships and resources we need to close the opportunity gap.”

About Big Thought
For 30 years, Dallas-based education non-profit, Big Thought, has worked with local and national partners to ensure all students have access to creative learning opportunities that prepare youth for success in work and life. Big Thought brings relentless optimism, innovation and imagination to the biggest problem facing education today: The Opportunity Gap. The organization’s programs and services are designed to make imagination a part of everyday learning, through after-school, in-school and summer learning opportunities. Together with its partners, Big Thought offers students access to personalized, high-quality, creative learning experiences that form the foundation for the crucial job and college readiness skills necessary for the future. Learn more at
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