July 16, 2018
Advocates Names Vice President of Philanthropy

Diane Newark
February 16, 2017 — Advocates, a Framingham-based nonprofit that provides a wide range of services to people who face developmental, mental health, or other life challenges, recently announced that Diane Newark has been named vice president of philanthropy.

In her role at Advocates, Newark will be responsible for developing and directing philanthropic initiatives to support the organization's strategic growth.

“We are delighted that Diane has joined the Advocates team. With her depth of experience and enthusiasm for Advocates’ mission, I am confident that Diane is a great fit to grow Advocates’ philanthropic initiatives,” said Jeff Keilson, senior vice president of strategic planning.

Newark has extensive experience as a development professional and leader specializing in nonprofit health care and social services sectors in Massachusetts. Most recently, she served as chief development officer for The Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton.

“I am thrilled to be joining an organization that cares so much about helping people with life challenges,” said Newark. “Advocates' goals and ideals align very much with my own beliefs, and I am excited to be part of the incredible work that our staff do.”

Earlier, she held development roles at Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton, was capital campaign director for the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps in Boston, and a development officer for Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. She also has worked in development at the Cotting School for Disabled Children in Lexington and the National Spinal Cord Injury Association in Woburn.

Newark earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of New Hampshire.

Advocates provides adult family care, autism, deaf, developmental, elder, employment, residential, youth and family counseling, and other services through offices in Ashland, Ayer, Boston, Framingham, Lexington, Marlborough, Randolph, and Waltham.

Its strategic vision calls for expanding autism, adult family care/family & caregiver supports, shared living, brain injury, and elder services and responding to challenges and opportunities flowing from health care reform by partnering with health care providers and integrated systems of care. Advocates also plans to build partnerships with families, funders, providers, community organizations, and advocacy groups.

For the year ending June 30, 2015, Advocates reported $77.88 million in revenue, of which $1.97 million came from contributions and grants, and $75.93 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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