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Ellen Donohoe

Ms. Donohoe has over 30 years working in the not-for-profit sector in the human services field. She began her career at the Devereux Foundation in direct-care working with children with autism and their families, and then moved into a social services role and onto administration supervising residential programs for children and young adults with a wide spectrum of developmental disabilities. After fifteen years in operations Ms. Donohoe began a new chapter in her career in development, strategic planning and public relations. While holding the positions of Regional and National Director of Development she gained extensive experience in all aspects of fundraising including special events, grants, major gifts, planned giving and capital and endowment campaigns.

Following her tenure at Devereux Ms. Donohoe accepted the position of Director of Major Gifts and Donor Development for the American Cancer Society’s Pennsylvania Division where she helped establish a statewide major gifts program and oversaw a Capital Campaign to build a Hope Lodge in Philadelphia, a center which offers free lodging for cancer patients and their families while in treatment.

In 2007 Ms. Donohoe joined Melmark as Vice President for Advancement overseeing all aspects of fundraising for the organization and working closely with staff, families, the Board of Directors, volunteers, and the community at large to further strengthen support of Melmark’s mission.

Ms. Donohoe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Delaware and a Fundraising Management Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania.