May 25, 2019
Understanding Our Differences Names Director of Development

Patricia Salic
October 29, 2018 — Understanding Our Differences, a Newton-based nonprofit providing disability awareness education in the elementary school setting that serves the city and surrounding towns, today announced that Patricia Salic has been appointed director of development.

Salic joins Understanding Our Differences (UOD) as it begins a new initiative in its 40-year history.

"I am so pleased to join Understanding Our Differences at this pivotal time in our country, to educate our children about disabilities, and what it is like to walk in someone else's shoes. I join an amazing team of individuals, as we embark on a new campaign to digitize our programs to reach an even wider audience," said Salic.

Salic brings to the position seven years of fundraising experience in science and the arts with Whitehead Institute and the Society of Arts and Crafts.

She most recently served as director of development for The Society of Arts and Crafts, and earlier served as local development director for Cultural Care Au Pair. Salic also served as a donor relations officer for the Whitehead Institute.

Earlier, she spent over 14 years working in the luxury cosmetics industry in marketing, sales and product development, with L’Oreal USA and the LVMH group of companies.

It is her passion to work closely with individuals and corporations, to raise awareness and support for meaningful causes, which brings her to Understanding our Differences. An active member of the Driscoll School PTO in Brookline, Patricia has a personal connection to the organization.

Salic earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing management from De La Salle University and a Master of Professional Studies degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

To meet demand for its programs and the needs of 21st century learners, UOD is moving its disability awareness educational offerings to a digital platform and using educational technology to scale the program nationwide.

Founded in 1978 by parents of children with disabilities, UOD provides a broad-based educational program covering 10 disabilities and chronic medical conditions, presented to elementary school students in cities and towns around Eastern Massachusetts by teachers and trained adult volunteers. It fosters an inclusive culture, and combats intolerance and bullying in the schools and communities it serves currently. The organization’s goal is to transform schools and communities into places where differences are valued, students with disabilities are understood and respected, and all children are included.

For the year ending June 30, 2017, UOD reported $219,000 in revenue, of which $217,000 came from contributions and grants, and $236,000 in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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