May 25, 2018
Thompson Island Names VP of Development

Beth MacNeill
January 6, 2017 — Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center, a Boston nonprofit that uses rigorous learning experiences to accelerate academic and social-emotional growth of students from Greater Boston, this week announced that Beth MacNeill has been named vice president of development.

MacNeill joins Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Centerwith two decades of experience in nonprofit development fundraising, with a focus on social justice and urban youth development. She has extensive experience growing organizations’ development programs from the ground up, including work in major gifts, special events, annual fund, and corporate and foundation relations.

“We know Beth will be right at home with Thompson Island’s community of active outdoor learners,” said Arthur Pearson, CEO at Thompson Island.

MacNeill has held development leadership positions at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, Brandeis University, Tufts Medical Center, and Best Buddies of Massachusetts.

“What impressed me most about this unique place is the way Thompson Island continuously uses evaluation to guide the work and deepen the education impact,” MacNeill said. “I believe that all children can reach their greatest personal achievement when supported by thoughtful, effective education programs – in and outside the classroom -- with standards based on research and independent evaluation.”

In addition to her professional work with social service organizations, MacNeill has personally fundraised for several organizations including the Leukemia Societies Team-in-Training Marathon Program, Bridge Over Troubled Waters Marathon Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mass Bay, and Norwell Parent Teacher Association.

MacNeill received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami with a concentration in entrepreneurship.

Founded to serve youth in 1833, Thompson Island, located one mile from downtown Boston, works to close opportunity gap in Boston by preparing early adolescents to be leaders by combining hands-on field science with character development.

Thompson Island programs, free for Boston’s students, families, and schools, use experiential education, integrate academics and social-emotional learning, and link in-school and out-of-school partners.

For the year ending Dec. 31, 2014, Thompson Island reported $8.7 million in revenue, of which $4.7 million came from contributions and grants, and $5.5 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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