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Introducing Jeanette Cotter as Year Up’s Senior Director of Philanthropy

DRwas pleased to work with Year Up and identify Jeanette Cotter as its next Senior Director of Philanthropy of the National Capital Region.

A returning client, DR has worked with Year Up to improve their fundraising capacity and regional teams many times before, vital necessities for an organization such as Year Up. Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their full potential through professional careers and higher education. Through an intensive one-year training program that provides low income students with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credit, and corporate internships, Year Up ensures students have the structure and guidance to succeed.

The need for Year Up’s services are high. Operating in 16 locations across the country, the Washington, D.C. area provides a high concentration of donors and prospects. The Senior Director of Philanthropy of the National Capital Region would be required to engage and deepen relationships with a number of committed donors who seek to empower young adults. The donors in the DC area would play a key role in completing Year Up’s $100 million capital campaign that began in 2015.

It was clear that Jeanette would be more than capable of taking on the Senior Director of Philanthropy role. She had ample experience in development for youth organizations, serving as the Director of Development for District of Columbia College Access Program and as the Director of Foundation and Government Relations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. Her record of engaging high-profile donors and forging deep working partnerships would be critical for Year Up as it seeks to expand its services to students. At the Boys & Girls Clubs, Jeanette tripled the number of foundation and government pipeline prospects, and she engaged major partners such as the Carnegie Corporation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Boeing Company, and Capital One. Jeannette earned her B.B.A. and her M.B.A. at American Intercontinental University.

We wish Jeanette and Year Up luck in closing the Opportunity Divide for good.


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DRis happy to announce the placement of Mike Cather as Chief Development Officer of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. As MCSF CDO, Mike will play a key role is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children.

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation was established in 1962 to honor Marines by educating their children. It has awarded 40,000 scholarships valued at nearly $120 million in its over 50 year history, and has delivered impact far beyond tuition assistance. More than 90% of MCSF scholarship recipients graduate or are on track to do so, a rate at twice the national average. Many earn earn degrees in science, technology, engineering, math, and health science fields, leaving them poised to make significant contributions in fields critical to the military, to their communities, and to the nation.

The Foundation is the only scholarship program awarding 100% of all eligible applicants. In the next decade alone, more than 100,000 children of Marines will graduate high school, and the cost of higher education will only increase further. The next MCSF CDO would need to manage all aspects of a $19M development program and continuously identify and capitalize on opportunities for growth to meet growing student need.

It was apparent to DRthat Mike possessed all the qualities needed for the next MCSF CDO. He possessed 24 years of development experience, including 15 within higher-education institutions, and clearly understood the challenges and opportunities for students pursuing college degrees. Additionally, he was a development professional within the United States Naval Academy Foundation for 8 years, and was well-versed in representing the interests and needs of United States military personnel. Mike received his B.S. from Towson State University and his M.S. from the University of Maryland, University College.

It was a pleasure to work with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and Mike, and we wish them luck in supporting our nation’s most esteemed families.

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DR was pleased to work with the American Association of University Women to identify Heather Miller as the next AAUW Planned Giving Director.

DRhas worked with AAUW many times to enhance their fundraising capacity, and worked together earlier this year on a leadership transition that focused on expanding AAUW’s non-partisan member engagement and advocacy in an increasingly polarized and inequitable socio-economic environment. DRsuccessfully recruited  Kim Churches as the next CEO of AAUW.

A grassroots organization with members in every Congressional district in the U.S., AAUW enjoys a deeply embedded and far-reaching strength that can marshal resources at the local, regional, and national levels to build solutions around women’s most pressing needs. As the next AAUW Planned Giving Director, Heather will play a large role in recruiting these local sources of support.

Conducting over 1,200 Congressional visits in 2015 alone, and continuously publishing award-winning research in critical gender issues, support from its members is critical for AAUW. Many of AAUW’s over 170,000 members are life-long supporters of the association and have been at the forefront of fights for gender equality. The planned giving program, utilizing committed and enthusiastic members, contributes $1M annually to the development team’s overall revenue.

Heather previously served with the American Farmland Trust for 12 years, most recently serving as a Senior Stewardship Officer. In this capacity, Heather was responsible for the Farmland Forever legacy giving program, and was intimately familiar with passionate members and legacy giving. Her experience working with bequests, charitable gift annuities,  and charitable remainder trusts at AFT would be essential for AAUW. She previously served as a development officer at the University of Virginia for 7 years, and was well-versed in academic affairs. Heather received her B.A. in French Languages and Literature from the Virginia Commonwealth University.

DRwas pleased to work with AAUW again and wishes Heather luck in her new role in the organization.

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DRwas pleased to work with the National Park Foundation and identify Amelia Hellman as NPF’s Senior VP of Philanthropy.

DRhas worked with the National Park Foundation many times before, and was excited for the opportunity to help advance their worthwhile cause once again. More than 84 million acres of stunning landscapes, 18,000 miles of trails, and 67,000 historic structures all belong to the National Park System. Chartered by Congress in 1967, NPF is the only national charitable nonprofit whose sole mission is to directly support America’s national parks and the National Park Service. But NPF goes beyond just conserving and protecting America’s irreplaceable natural wonders. As part of their mission to Protect, Connect, and Inspire, NPF creates activities and programs that engages visitors in parks, and works to inspire the next generation of Americans who will be committed to preserving the nation’s public lands.

At the core of the National Park Foundation’s development mission is the belief that private citizens must do their part to preserve the beautiful lands that they have enjoyed for all future generations. NPF’s Senior VP of Philanthropy wold be required to tap into the generosity of individuals, foundations, and corporations, to protect the American heritage that is ingrained within the nation’s parks.

It was quickly apparent that Amelia was the top candidate for such a position. She had previously spent over 20 years within conservation organizations, including the American Land Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, the World Wildlife Fund, and most recently The Wilderness Society. Across these organizations, she spent the majority of her service in senior development positions, most recently serving as the Vice President for Philanthropy of The Wilderness Society for the past 5 years. Her philanthropy experience and unquestionable commitment to environmental preservation would serve Amelia well as NPF’s Senior VP of Philanthropy. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her J.D. from the University of Denver.

We wish Amelia and NPF luck in their noble conservation pursuits.

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DRi is pleased to announce the placement of Noelle Deihl-Harteveld as Operation Smile’s Northeast Director of Development.

DRhas worked with Operation Smile on numerous occasions to help develop their regional fundraising programs. An organization with a cause and scope of Operation Smile makes a robust regional fundraising program essential. Operation Smile works around the globe to repair children’s cleft lips and cleft palates. Every 3 minutes, a child is born with one of these conditions, which can lead to malnourishment, speech impediments, and social ostracism. Operation Smile seeks to address this, and has delivered more than 240,000 free surgeries to children and young adults. All Operation Smile missions include training and education for local medical professionals, creating a truly self-sustaining model that seeks to ensure that no child cannot have access to surgery.

Operation Smile’s Northeast Director of Development would be responsible for organizing and energizing a base in one of the nation’s largest donor markets in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and the surrounding states. Someone who is as passionate as Operation Smile and is as organized as its global missions would be required maximize its impact. Noelle emerged as the ideal candidate whose expertise in fundraising, identification with health missions, and knowledge of the area would be a perfect fit for Operation Smile. Possessing over 2 decades of major gift fundraising in the tri-state area, she additionally previously served in 4 Director-level roles with various organizations. During her tenure in her previous position as a major gifts officer at the Foundation for the Morristown Medical Center, the size of the major gift program tripled, and this growth is exactly the sort that was needed for building Operation Smile’s Northeast regional program. Noelle received her B.S. from Syracuse University.

DRwas honored to partner with an organization with such a noble mission, and we wish Noelle and Operation Smile the best in their worldwide efforts.

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DRwas happy to identify Laura Rheintgen as ARCE’s Director of Development.

A returning client, DRrecently worked with The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) to find their current Executive Director. ARCE was formed in 1948 by a consortium of American educational and cultural institutions to assist American scholars conducting research in Egypt. Since 1993, it has expanded its role and worked in close collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development and Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities to conserve dozens of monuments and train hundreds of local archaeologists and architectural conservators. During Egypt’s civil unrest, ARCE provided much-needed conservation equipment after the Institute d’Egypte was burned. Besides conserving vital cultural sites, ARCE strengthens Egyptian-American relations through close collaboration between scholars and conservationists. Though its work and partnerships, ARCE is committed to preserving an irreplaceable birthplace of human civilization.

Laura joins ARCE at an exciting time in its history as it prepares to celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2018. As ARCE’s Director of Development, Laura is required to maintain a network across multiple fields, including the academic, art, and historical sectors. High-profile research and cultural institutions, including the British Museum, the American University in Cairo, Princeton University, and the University of Notre Dame, are among ARCE’s members, and are utilized to recruit both support and visibility to ARCE’s endeavors. With its high-profile and extensive work, the next Director of Development of ARCE would need to be as dedicated as the organization.

Laura’s past experience would serve her well in this position. She possessed over 20 years of development experience, with the majority of it in prominent international organizations, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies, The European Institute, and the United States Institute of Peace. Her B.A. in German and International Studies from West Virginia University, along with her M.A. in International Affairs from American University, also gave her a thorough understanding of the issues ARCE confronts daily.

We wish Laura and ARCE luck in their vital work preserving the past for all future generations.

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