After learning about five, incredible young professionals from around the city, The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Cleveland was faced with a tough decision. While we were impressed by each nominee, we ultimately decided on one as this year’s winner.
The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Cleveland is proud to announce our 2021 Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year as Madeline Wallace, Director of Development at Joseph’s Home!
Madeline was nominated by her colleague, Laura Fegan, Director of Foundations and Corporate Relations at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center (Sisters of Charity Health System).
“As the Director of Development for Joseph’s Home, Maddie has led an extremely successful $1.3 million dollar capital campaign to expand medical respite services to acutely ill homeless women in Cleveland, Ohio. The medical respite facility for women will be called Mary’s Home, and will expand upon the successful medical respite model that Joseph’s Home offers to acutely ill homeless men.
In addition to the capital campaign, Maddie also has successfully built and grown an endowment to support Joseph’s Home. She accomplishes this by connecting with the residents of Joseph’s Home and telling their stories of perseverance to inspire giving. In addition to residents, Maddie also connects with her donors on a very personal level. She has elevated the fundraising activities of Joseph’s Home/Mary’s Home to the next level, helping provide essential respite stay services amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Madeline’s nominator also shared that she is involved in many activities outside of work including mentoring interns at the Cleveland Foundation, involvement with Women for Baldwin Wallace and so much more.
The nomination concluded with this; “There is a saying in our office, that “one day Maddie will be running the place”–colleagues both new and old see her talent, professionalism, and, most importantly, passion for the nonprofit sector. Her leadership in fundraising has transformed the outlook for acutely ill homeless men and women. She is an asset to Cleveland and its nonprofit sector.”
We are honored to present the 2021 Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year Award to Madeline and look forward to seeing her career continue to blossom. Cleveland should consider itself very lucky to have young professionals like Madeline giving their all to the local community and nonprofit sector.