Julie Daraska
Director of Advancement

Julie leads BEDS Plus Care’s fundraising, both from government, foundation, and corporate sources, as well as individual donors. She also oversees our marketing and communications efforts, including our website, social media, and print communications material.  

Julie’s career has been in institutional advancement, primarily in higher education, for more than 25 years. Since 2013, she has focused on fundraising for non-profits.  Most recently she served as the Director of Community Outreach and Grants at the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ (NAMI’s) North Suburban Cook County affiliate. She has also recently worked as a Grant Writer for Maryville Academy in Des Plaines and held contract Grant Management and Grant Writing Positions at a range of arts and human services organizations. 

Julie holds an MA in English from DePaul University and a BA in English from the University of Chicago.


“It’s cliché, but it’s true. In a nation as rich as ours, everyone should have a home.”