Community Foundation Appoints Two New Staff

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (August 19, 2014) – The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has appointed Renee Constantino as Vice President for Community Investment and Kati Erickson as Development Manager.

As Vice President of Community Investment, Constantino will provide leadership in the design and implementation of the Foundation’s annual grantmaking strategies and community leadership activities, including the annual Great Give online fundraising event that is open to all nonprofits in Palm Beach and Martin counties. She will also work closely with the Foundation’s development team to connect donors to opportunities for giving in the community.

Constantino was most recently the Manager of Planning and Evaluation at the Palm Beach County Department of Community Services. During her 13-year tenure, she worked as a grantmaker contractually managing over $30 million in public funds, and performing such functions as contract development and program implementation and monitoring in the areas of health, human and behavioral services.  She has worked extensively with Foundation funding partners such as United Way, Quantum Foundation and Allegheny Franciscan Ministries. Constantino was previously Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County, Director of Development for the Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, and worked as a private consultant.

As Development Manager, Erickson is responsible for the Foundation’s special events, including the annual gala, community luncheon series and Founder’s Award. She also manages corporate sponsorships and annual fundraising to support the Foundation’s leadership efforts.  

Erickson joined the Foundation from the Armory Art Center where she was the Director of Marketing and Development. She was also previously the Assistant Director of the palmbeach3 contemporary art fair, Special Events Coordinator at the Norton Museum of Art and Visual Art Programming Director with VSA of Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Florida State University and attended the Dreyfoos School of the Arts.

“Renee and Kati are both passionate about the role philanthropy plays in shaping a community,” said president and CEO, Brad Hurlburt. “As the Foundation continues its legacy of building an endowment to meet our region’s critical needs, we welcome their new perspectives and expertise.”

As one of the largest community foundations in Florida, the Foundation manages an endowment of $160 million, and has been serving the region for over 40 years. Together with its donors, the Foundation makes grants, awards scholarships and leads community efforts to improve the lives and opportunities of residents – both now and in the future.

For more information, visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org.

 

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ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties is one of Florida’s largest community foundations. The nonprofit organization has invested more than $100 million in grants and scholarships over its 40-year history. At its core, the Community Foundation is an organization created with gifts from generous people committed to local causes. For donors, the Foundation serves as a philanthropic advisor. For the community, the Foundation serves as a grant maker and a civic leader. Through the support of its donors and fundholders, the Foundation has been able to address some of the community’s most pressing needs, including hunger, housing and education. For more information, visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org.

 


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