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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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