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Julie Varee joins Best Beginnings staff


Long-time fund-raising professional Julie Varee, CFRE, has joined Best Beginnings as Development Manager. She will help engage individual, corporate, and foundation donors in Best Beginnings’ work statewide, and assist Best Beginnings’ partners.

“We are delighted to have Julie on staff,” Executive Director Abbe Hensley said. “Her skills and experience are a tremendous asset to Best Beginnings and early childhood in general.”

Varee has 28 years of development experience working with arts, social service, and religious organizations in Washington, D.C., Monterey, CA, and Anchorage. She earned an M.A. in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary's University in Minnesota, and was named 1998 Outstanding Fund Raising Professional in Philanthropy by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Alaska Chapter.

Best Beginnings is a nonprofit advocate for early learning in Alaska. It is the statewide umbrella for Imagination Library, promotes and supports local early childhood partnerships, and produces and distributes materials and information for early learning.

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