New Director of Development, Annie Millar, Joins Little Heroes Foundation
During the holiday season, a young Annie Millar and her mom could often be found wrapping Christmas bows around an assortment of presents on their living room floor. These presents would not find their final destination under the Millar family’s Christmas tree, but rather in the homes of economically burdened families in Utah County. Millar’s involvement in sub-for-Santa projects among various other volunteer endeavors instilled in her a yearning desire to work for a nonprofit organization someday.
“It has always been a goal of mine to work in the nonprofit world at some stage of my life,” Millar said.
Millar’s childhood dream came true in October when she joined Little Heroes Foundation as the director of development. Each new day finds Millar behind her desk in a quaint, little office in Provo, Utah, where she tends to basic administration and office tasks.
From the outside looking in, Millar may appear to be a receptionist with ordinary responsibilities as she answers a ringing phone and assists the occasional visitor; however, her job at Little Heroes is far more than ordinary. Millar alone makes up 50 percent of the Little Heroes office staff. She joined executive director Katie Iroz, last month to complete a small office of two.
“We’re really excited to have her join the Little Heroes team,” Iroz said. “Her experience in communications and public relations has already proven invaluable. We look forward to the positive changes she will bring to our organization, especially in the area of donor development.”
For the past ten years, Millar has worked with various non-profit organizations in Utah, including the Shadow Light Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She has worked as a teacher and mentor for young children in numerous capacities.
When Millar is not working at Little Heroes Foundation, she can be found juggling the many responsibilities of a college student, dance instructor and bride-to-be. Millar is working to earn a bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in Communication Studies and a minor in Business Management. She will graduate from Brigham Young University in December. In the evenings, she teaches dance to girls ranging from ages four to ten. What is left of Millar’s time is devoted to planning her upcoming wedding.
“I have always considered myself very capable of taking on a lot, and that has been very important since starting this job because it means working full-time, being a student and on top of it all, I am getting married in December,” Millar said. “It has been very important that I am capable of carrying out all the responsibilities required of me.”
When Millar’s busy schedule permits any spare time, she enjoys dancing, singing, watching sporting events, hiking, playing tennis and being outside. As far as her new job goes, Millar smiles as she reflects on the reverie of that young girl wrapping Christmas presents with her mom.
“I always dreamed of working for a nonprofit organization,” Millar said. “So when this great opportunity came up to work with Little Heroes, I couldn’t pass it up. I am very grateful to work here and look forward to the future.”