Ida Benson

Claire Van Raaphorst

Director, Development & Communications

Ida Benson joined Covenant House Michigan as the Director of Development and Communications in 2017. Her team is responsible for all fundraising and communications statewide including direct response, special events, individual  and planned giving, grants, corporate giving, volunteer management and gifts-in-kind.

Ms. Benson comes to CHM with over 25 years success in major giving, capital campaigns, marketing, team building and foundation and corporate relations. Her portfolio of achievements includes raising a career high of $25 million in combined development revenue for numerous hospitals, medical centers and national and local non-profit organizations.  Prior to joining CHM, Ms. Benson spent four years with the Epilepsy Foundation national organization as the Regional Director of Individual Giving, raising major gifts across the country to support epilepsy research.

Ms. Benson is a long-time member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, as well as a frequent public speaker to local networking groups about fundraising and non-profit management. She is a proud Michigan State University alumnae and lives in Oak Park with her husband, several teenagers, two big dogs and four elderly cats.