July 21, 2017
 
Project Hope Welcomes New Director of Development

Julie Totten
April 11, 2017 — Project Hope, a Boston nonprofit that assists families in the city's Dorchester and Roxbury neighborhoods move up and out of poverty, recently announced that Julie Totten has joined the organization as director of development.

Linda Wood-Boyle, executive director of Project Hope, said, “Project Hope is thrilled to welcome Julie to our team. Julie’s extensive experience in both development and the founding of her own non-profit organization are invaluable assets that will help Project Hope continue to make an impact on the lives of the people we serve and further our efforts to move low-income families up and out of poverty.”

Totten will be responsible for the organization's overall fundraising efforts.

Prior to joining Project Hope, Totten worked in corporate relations at Boston University. From 2001 to 2014, she founded and led Families for Depression Awareness, a national nonprofit organization that reaches millions of families across the country to help them recognize and cope with mood disorders.

Totten began her career in marketing -- sales support, advertising, and public relations.

Totten holds a Bachelors in Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MBA from Babson College.

According to Project Hope, in Boston's neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan, 42% of children live in poverty and 50% of residents lack a high school diploma. More than 50% of the participants at Project Hope enter the program earning less than $15,000 per year, well below the federal poverty level for a family of four; 40% earn less than $10,000 per year. In addition, 61% are unemployed, and the median income for participants who are working is $17,116.

Founded in 1981 to provide shelter for families and childcare, Project Hope today provides low-income women with children access to education, jobs, housing, and emergency services; fosters their personal transformation; and works for broader systems change.

For the year ending June 30, 2015, Project Hope reported $4.86 million in revenue, of which $4.81 million came from contributions and grants, and $4.83 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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