November 22, 2017
 
Comm. Foundation of Western Mass. Names Head Fundraiser

Ellen Leuchs
February 10, 2017 — The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, based in Springfield, which encourages charitable giving in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties, today announced that Ellen Leuchs has joined the organization as vice president for philanthropic services.

In her new job, Leuchs will be responsible for all fundraising, donor services, and communications for the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM).

Leuchs has held a variety of positions in the nonprofit sector, in programs and, more extensively, in development and fundraising, including institutions of higher education, the country’s largest victim assistance agency, community-based service and advocacy programs, and a national policy organization.

Her work with nonprofits led Leuchs to develop a consulting career over the last decade through which she has helped organizations throughout the Pioneer Valley, as well as Boston and Vermont, strengthen their fundraising programs and achieve their goals. In particular, she guided many multi-million dollar capital campaigns for the Amherst Survival Center, the Northampton Survival Center, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, and the current campaign for the John P. Musante Health Center in Amherst.

Leuchs earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University.

Since its founding in 1991, CFWM has distributed $177 million in grants, scholarships, and loans. Last year, it received $11 million in donations, and distributed $9 million, including grants of $3.1 million to education, $2.7 million to human services, and $1.5 million to arts organizations.

Last May, CFWM launched its own day of giving, which enabled 460 nonprofits to raise $1.6 million from 9,596 donors in 24 hours.

For the year ending March 31, 2016, CFWM had assets valued at $118,487,411, down from $121,300,138 the year before, according to its most recent annual report.

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