This past fall MEF gained a new Co-Chair of the Auxiliary Board, Jack Diamond. The Auxiliary Board is a community of young professionals who serve as ambassadors for Midtown Educational Foundation through social fundraising, volunteer engagement and organizational awareness.
Diamond first began his involvement with MEF in 2013 as a tutor at the Midtown Center for Boys. He had a tremendous experience with tutoring and decided to join the Auxiliary Board. He commented after his first year, “as a tutor I was able to see first hand how much my student grew his skills both academically and socially throughout the year. I am very eager to get more involved with this great organization via the Auxiliary Board.” He quickly got involved by helping with financial analysis of Auxiliary Board events and fundraising, bringing his professional expertise to Auxiliary Board projects. When the time came to choose a new co-chair, current co-chair Megan Miller and MEF staff agreed that Jack would be an excellent choice. He was presented as the new co-chair by Al Carter, former co-chair, this past fall.
Diamond is a former Indiana University student who graduated in 2012 with a Degree in Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation. In college, Jack lead a committee for Indiana University Dance Marathon, a 36-hour fundraiser for Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. He states that his past non-profit experience, “has taught me many skills around how to drive fundraising growth, improve cause awareness and build engagement within a volunteer organization.” Following undergrad, Diamond began his career with Walgreens where he is currently a Business Development Manager for Health & Wellness. Within his position on the MEF Auxiliary Board, he is responsible for leading volunteer recruitment, volunteer retention and fundraising for the Midtown Center for Boys and the Metro Achievement Center for Girls. This is all done through the work of the full Auxiliary Board, who are tremendous advocates for MEF across multiple networks.
Commenting on the year ahead, Jack observes, “every year, the Auxiliary Board continues to push the envelope for MEF by increasing fundraising dollars, improving event participation and serving as true MEF ambassadors. Now, with our Executive Committee in place, I think that we are poised for accelerated growth in the coming year. Our Executive Committee has already done some great work to refine our mission and strategy as an organization. We have made great strides in board member engagement and accountability, and are also working to build out our pipeline for corporate sponsorships. We have secured an amazing new venue for the 4th Annual Rooftop Soiree, Ignite Glass Studios, and have moved the event to a Friday in order to entice more attendees. Soiree is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we are now well positioned for another record breaking event.”
MEF is very excited to have Diamond on board, and is looking forward to seeing all of the different ideas he has to help make 2016 MEF’s best year yet!
by Katie Morgan, MEF Marketing Intern