September 28th, 2023

It’s our pleasure to introduce you to OrthoCarolina Research Institute (OCRI) team members! Their expertise is integral to our mission of moving orthopedic research forward.

The work our staff does on a daily basis ultimately improves patient care for everyone who walks through the doors at OrthoCarolina and beyond.

Without further ado, we’d like to introduce you to our Director of Advancement, Jamie Krusch!

Jamie brings a wide array of fundraising and non-profit expertise to OCRI since starting with us in Summer of 2023. Prior to her tenure at OCRI, Jamie held the position of Executive Director at Girls on the Run Greater Charlotte.

Q: What do you do at OCRI as the Director of Advancement?

A: I am excited to continue growing fundraising efforts for OCRI by launching new funding campaigns, helping to establish endowments, growing the donor base, and engaging both OrthoCarolina employees and patients in supporting our cutting-edge research.

Q: Why is your role important to the organization and our mission?

A: Fundraising is critical to the success of all non-profit organizations. By securing funds from invested supporters, we not only stabilize the financial framework of OCRI, but we also have the ability to plan for growth and expansion in the future.

Sometimes people can be intimidated by fundraising or “asking for money”, but fundraising truly boils down to finding investors whose values and goals align with those of the organization, and making a match that is meaningful and beneficial for all.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?

I truly enjoy meeting new people from diverse backgrounds with different experiences and learning their stories. It brings me so much joy to be able to tell the story of OCRI, the patients we help, the doctors who are passionate about their work in advancing medical research, then sharing those stories with supporters who are searching for organizations to support. In a sense my work is matchmaking and when I find the right match, it fills my cup.

Q: Do you have any hobbies?

A: I love to cook and will challenge anyone to guacamole making contest.

That’s a wrap on our Q&A with Jamie. To get to know more members of our team, find more OCRI Team Spotlight profiles, here.

We love having Jamie and her wealth of experience on our team.

Reach out to Jamie to talk about hosting your own fundraiser for OCRI, Grateful Patient Giving, or to share any impactful patient outcomes that should be included in fundraising materials.