DRiWaterstone is pleased to announce the completion of our search for an Executive Director at Fairwold Academy, a school for special needs students in Pennsylvania.
DRiWaterstone’s Senior Consultant Jeff Johnson worked with Public Health Management Corporation to identify a leader for Fairwold, one of the health and human services organization’s most recent acquisitions. The search played an important role in the two organizations’ merger, as Jeff engaged staff at both PHMC and Fairwold to identify a special education leader who would serve as a critical bridge during their continued integration. Jeff’s background in search for educational institutions was critical to the search, which required an education who could combine PHMC’s resources and organizational sophistication with Academy staff members’ knowledge and experience to make Fairwold a broadly-recognized innovator in special education.
Today we congratulate Maria Kreiter on becoming Executive Director of Fairwold Academy. Maria has spent her entire career in education, from her first substitute teaching position in 1991 to her most recent tenure over the last four years as director of a school for special needs children. Along her path to the top leadership position, she has focused on different roles, from a music teacher to a professional development coordinator to a curriculum development specialist. Maria holds curriculum, principal, and superintendent certifications for Pennsylvania, and is competing her doctorate in special education.
We congratulate Maria, Fairwold Academy, and Public Health Management Corporation—we look forward to seeing their success together.
DRiWaterstone is pleased to announce the completion of our search for a Development Manager for the International Women’s Forum.
DRiWaterstone worked with the CEO of the International Women’s Forum to create a new Development Manager position to support the expansion of women’s leadership programs around the globe. The invitation-only membership organization, composed of more than 6,800 women from 33 nations on six continents, sought a polished donor relations professional who could work with high-level women leaders in the public and private sectors and help them connect some of the world’s most prominent organizations to women leaders and the issues that they care about.
Today we congratulate Rachel Yost on becoming the International Women’s Forum’s Development Manager. Rachel has worked with senior leaders and Board members at a wide variety of non-profit organizations, including Partnership for a Healthier America, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Martha’s Table, and NPower. In her most recent role at Partnership for a Healthier America, Rachel managed a comprehensive development program, including a portfolio of individual donors, sponsorship outreach, and special events. She is well positioned to engage the high-level stakeholders at the International Women’s Forum and to help them come together to help them make a difference for each other.
We congratulate Rachel and the International Women’s Forum —we look forward to seeing their success together.
Development Resources Inc. (DRiWaterstone) is delighted to announce the completion of the first of two searches for the Boston-based Cradles to Crayons.
DRi’s Manager for the New England region, Benny Goldman, worked with Cradles to Crayons, a unique volunteer-based organization whose anti-childhood-poverty program has helped rank it in the top 2% of non-profits nationwide. DRiWaterstone and Cradles to Crayons partnered to build a development team that would support the expansion of this program, helping to improve the lives of more than 305,000 Massachusetts children aged 12 and younger who live in poverty-stricken households.
Today we congratulate Katie Amoro for becoming Cradles to Crayons’ first Director of Major Gifts. Katie spent the last 16 years working at Rosie’s Place, where she contributed to all aspects of a diverse development program that helps provide a spectrum of services to poor and homeless women in Boston. Katie closed five-figure gifts and grants, worked on capital campaigns, ran special events generating revenue of more than $820K, and led a team of fundraising volunteers to advance this critical social welfare mission.
DRiWaterstone is continuing to add to Katie’s team with our ongoing search for a Major Gifts Manager at Cradles to Crayons; more information is available here.
We etend our enthusiastic congratulations to Katie and Cradles to Crayons. We look forward to their continued growth together.
DRiWaterstone is excited to announce the completion of our search for a Chief Development Officer at the Southern Poverty Law Center, one of the most prominent American organizations fighting hate and bigotry.
DRiWaterstone worked with SPLC to recruit a leader for a talented and passionate development team already executing a $100M development operation. We engaged all levels of SPLC’s staff—from President Richard Cohen to Director of Human Resources Whitney Herrington to the development department’s leadership team—in order to design a search for a Chief Development Officer with the vision, resources, and mentorship skills necessary to build on the department’s historic strengths and lead its continued innovation.
Today we announce that Ed Lord will serve as the next Chief Development Officer of SPLC. Ed most recently was Chief Strategy Officer at Global Cloud, a consulting firm helping non-profits build modern fundraising programs based on social fundraising and cause marketing campaigns. Ed previously had an accomplished career at the American Cancer Society, where he held multiple leadership roles at the national, division, and state levels. Ed served as Vice President for Business Strategy for the organization’s national headquarters, as Senior Vice President for Business Development for a seven-state region in the South Atlantic, and as President of the Virginia/West Virginia office, among other roles.
We congratulate Ed and SPLC—we look forward to seeing their success together.
DRiWaterstone is delighted to announce the completion of our search for a Vice President of Development at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights/The Education Fund, one of the foremost progressive advocacy organizations in the country.
DRiWaterstone worked with The Leadership Conference/The Education Fund as new CEO Vanita Gupta—a long-time civil rights advocate with leadership experience in the Obama Justice Dept.’s Civil Rights Division, the ACLU, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund—took the helm of the organization. We designed a search for a fundraising executive who could be a trusted partner to The Leadership Conference’s top-notch leadership team and who could markedly increase support for its efforts to defend against immediate challenges to democracy, justice, and opportunity and lay the groundwork for affirmative civil rights goals in the future.
Gabrielle Sherb recently joined the Leadership Conference/The Education Fund as its new VP of Development. Gabrielle brings a significant record in executive leadership, fundraising, and progressive advocacy to The Leadership Conference/The Education Fund. She spent the last six years at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), where she worked closely with the organization’s prominent leaders. Gabrielle started out by running the New York office of the ADL and then moved to D.C. to direct a fundraising team that consistently beat its $3M development goal for the region.
We congratulate Gabrielle and The Leadership Conference/The Education Fund. We look forward to their success together.
Development Resources Inc. (DRiWaterstone) is delighted to announce the completion of our most recent search for Ocean Conservancy.
DRiWaterstone worked with Ocean Conservancy to continue a build-out of its fundraising team as government grants have become a less reliable source of program funding. After placing several development staff in 2017, we designed and led a search for a Senior Portfolio Manager of Foundation Grants. We identified and recruited candidates who could work with leaders, scientists, and fundraising colleagues to manage foundation relationships and an ambitious grant calendar.
Today we congratulate Melissa Kaminski for moving into this role. Melissa comes to Ocean Conservancy with experience on both sides of the grant-making process. She most recently managed foundation relations at the international conservation organization Rare after supporting grant-making for environmental programs at the Walton Family Foundation. With additional experience in science education programs, Melissa is well-prepared to secure investments in research and technical programs that protect the earth’s oceans and all the ways in which people depend on them.
We extend our enthusiastic congratulations to Melissa and Ocean Conservancy. We look forward to their success together.
Development Resources Inc. (DRiWaterstone) is delighted to announce the completion of our search for Evidence Action’s Director of Global Fundraising and Communications.
DRiWaterstone worked with Evidence Action as it moved into its fifth year in business and built systems to make its significant early successes sustainable. We designed a search for the first professional fundraiser to join the organization’s senior team and steered the search through a major leadership transition as Evidence Action continued to grow. The search focused on entrepreneurial leaders who could work with a Board, CEO, and global team of program leaders on a program that combines everything from relationships with charity aggregators to major donor outreach.
Today we congratulate David Chalfant on becoming Evidence Action’s Director of Global Fundraising and Communications. In his most recent fundraising role, David increased fundraising at all levels at the international microfinance organization FINCA International. He previously created and strengthened fundraising initiatives in a wide range of non-profits, including local D.C. healthcare organization Whitman Walker Health and the civil rights organization Human Rights Campaign. Between these roles, David also oversaw sales and marketing at a dot-com services firm.
We extend our enthusiastic congratulations to David and Evidence Action. We look forward to their success together.
Development Resources Inc. (DRiWaterstone) is delighted to announce the completion of our most recent partnership with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.
DRiWaterstone and NRAEF have worked together over the last two years to design an expansion of the fundraising program for the Foundation, which supports an industry that employs 1 in 10 working Americans. As the Foundation has executed its fundraising plans, it engaged DRiWaterstone to lead the search for a Manager of Development and Industry Relations. This search was key to NRAEF’s relationships with corporate partners and donors, who help fund scholarships for students entering the restaurant industry, contribute their expertise at foodservice trainings and competitions, and hire participants of NRAEF’s dynamic programs.
Today we congratulate Mary Kate Thayer on becoming NRAEF’s Development and Industry Relations Manager. Mary Kate most recently served as an Account Executive for the Washington Nationals Baseball Club. She generated more than 100 new accounts, secured 7-figure partnerships, and routinely beat her revenue target. Mary Kate previously held a variety of corporate sales roles in sports marketing organizations and brings a wealth of experience in the leisure industry to the National Restaurant Association.
We extend our enthusiastic congratulations to Mary Kate and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. We look forward to their success together.
Development Resources Inc. (DRiWaterstone) is delighted to announce our placement of Kathryn Duval as MAG America’s Director of Development.
DRiWaterstone worked with MAG America, the U.S. partner organization to the U.K.-based Mines Advisory Group, one of the most significant landmine-clearing organizations in the world. After engaging staff at all levels of the small and tight-knit organization, from the Executive Director to the Development Intern, we designed a search for a fundraiser who could build the first comprehensive individual giving program in the U.S. Within 11 weeks, MAG America’s hire was complete.
Kathryn Duval joined MAG America as Director of Development this summer. Kathryn comes to MAG America with a dual background in fundraising and donor-facing communications. She previously spent four years at the start-up 50CAN, where she worked on a small team to build a comprehensive $4M fundraising program for a grassroots education policy organization. She previously worked on a comprehensive individual giving program at the Chicago Architecture foundation, where she helped double annual revenue.
We extend our enthusiastic congratulations to Kathryn and MAG America. We look forward to their success together.
DRiWaterstone is the first firm to lead an executive search for development staff at the Human Rights Campaign. We worked closely with HRC’s chief development officer to integrate the new team member into the staff structure in a way that would foster collaboration and facilitate the organization’s growth goals. Our search team built a roster of candidates who were equally adept at planned giving, productive in fast-paced environments, and fully committed to LGBTQ rights.
Today we congratulate Jade Bristol Verity on joining HRC as its first Director of Estate Planning. Jade spent five years as an estate and trust attorney before moving into the non-profit sector as the founder of the award-winning KidzCare USA. In her first full-time fundraising role, Jade subsequently transformed a one-person shop into a $5M national planned giving program at the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
We extend our enthusiastic congratulations to Jade and the Human Rights Campaign. We look forward to your success together.