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American Red Cross Hires New Major Gifts Officers

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., July 16, 2015 - The American Red Cross Palmetto SC Region is happy to announce the appointment of two new Major Gifts Officers. The Red Cross has named Nicole Echols as a Major Gifts Officer for the Eastern SC Chapter. Samantha Jones has been selected as a Major Gifts Officer for our Central SC Chapter.


In her position, Echols will identify, engage, cultivate, solicit, and steward current and prospective donors in expanding their financial support of the work of the American Red Cross. She brings more than fourteen years of human services and community development experience to the Red Cross. She will be working with donors and prospects to advance the mission of the organization and assist donors in creating meaning in their lives through giving to the American Red Cross.

Prior to coming to Red Cross, Echols spent five years with Harvest Hope Food Bank, where she was responsible for developing and implementing programs and events for individuals, churches and businesses giving to the organization.

Echols is a member of the Florence Lions Club, Pee Dee Women’s Professional Network, and Women in Philanthropy. She serves on several local Boards, including Florence First Steps; MINGLE of the Pee Dee and the Carolinas Hospital Healthy Women Advisory Board. She earned her B.A. in Social Work degree, and her M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from South Carolina State University.

Samantha Jones brings extensive non-profit development experience to the Red Cross. “We are excited to welcome Samantha Jones to the Red Cross in South Carolina as she believes in the value of service and helping others,” said Rebecca Jordan, executive director for the Central SC Chapter of the American Red Cross.


Prior to joining the Red Cross, Samantha was with the National Kidney Foundation where she was the Development Director of South Carolina for eight years. In this role she was responsible for building and executing the development plan, running special events, and implementing the information technology systems to support the function.