Debbie Schebe, 33 

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Director of Development
Greater Richmond Chamber

If a friend were to tell you she worked in "strategic revenue planning," you might yawn. But talk to Debbie Schebe, whose job description that is, and the picture changes.

Schebe raises money for the Greater Richmond Chamber, an organization of businesses with a lot on its agenda. She helps provide the necessary funds by running the chamber's Total Resource Campaign. Among other things, it raises the dollars for the Greater Richmond Challenge program and Vision 2020 -- both of which focus on how Greater Richmond can realize its potential. The fundraising campaign has succeeded so well that it recently was ranked fourth in the nation.

Schebe's enthusiasm and fundraising skills spread across the nonprofit community. She shares her skills with the Richmond Ballet by co-chairing its Kentucky Derby Party; with the Arthritis Fund and the MS Society; and with the Hayes Hitzeman Foundation, which works to raise awareness of SIDS and to support research.

With all this fundraising, how does she feel about her work?

"I love the challenge — the challenge to raise more and more money and to develop new ideas for growth. The amazing business friendships I make each day keep me rolling!"

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