Sarasota, FL (December 28, 2021) — The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee proudly announces the appointment of its new Chief Advancement Officer, Hermione Gilpin. Ms. Gilpin will be leading a team of development professionals and volunteers to support the Federation’s mission: to strengthen Jewish life, provide for people in need, and promote support for Israel. Ms. Gilpin will join the Federation on January 24.
“Our Federation is incredibly fortunate to have found in Hermione Gilpin a development professional who met our many requirements,” said Shep Englander, CEO. “COVID made our needs even more numerous. After quickly raising $19 million, our campaign for the re-development of our Campus for Jewish Life was delayed. Now, our community is counting on us to accelerate the effort. So we not only need a development leader with experience successfully managing development teams and securing significant annual, capital and endowment gifts, we also need a development leader who knows the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish and philanthropic communities. Hermione’s track record fully matches our needs.”
As Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Planning at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens for the past several years, she was instrumental in securing many leadership gifts and building a winning team of development professionals. Ms. Gilpin also played key roles in the capital campaign for Selby Gardens’ Master Plan. She was a Philanthropic Advisor for the Gulf Coast Foundation for three years. She started her local development career in this community at the Asolo Repertory Theater.
“Hermione will hit the ground running because she already knows many of our Jewish community’s leaders and donors, as well as the Federation’s talented development professionals.” Englander said. “Donors and colleagues described her deep love of development work and her hunger to be the best possible development professional. She is strategic, exacting and an extraordinarily hard worker.”
Bruce Udell, President, said: “When I think about Hermione it makes me smile. I worked with her when she was at the Asolo Rep and again when she was at Gulf Coast. Every time I saw her, she greeted me with sincerity and warmth. She is smart, focused and an incredible listener. In short, she’s got what it takes. We are thrilled to have Hermione play this crucial role on the new and extraordinary Jewish Federation team.”
Ms. Gilpin said “I’ve long been impressed with the Jewish Federation’s mission, especially how the Federation inspires deep conversations, broadminded perspectives and dedication to learning. I’m energized by the vision for the Larry and Mary Greenspon Family Campus for Jewish Life. It will be a unique community gathering place where people with different backgrounds will exchange ideas and pass on Jewish values and traditions to the next generation. I can’t wait to help realize that vision.”
For more information, contact Kim Adler, Chief Operating Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-552-6300.