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July 8, 2020
Gr. Barrington, Cambridge Orgs Appoint Fundraising Leaders
January 31, 2020 — The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, a Great Barrington nonprofit that presents performing arts, film, educational, and family programs, and the Cambridge Community Foundation in Cambridge recently announced the appointment of new fundraising leaders.

Diane Wortis will start as director of advancement Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on Feb. 3, responsible for fundraising, including all major gift, special event, and contributed income goals, and development of new campaign initiatives.

Mahaiwe Acting Executive Director Janis Martinson said, “Diane is a dynamic and strategic fundraising professional with deep experience in and a passion for the nonprofit arts world. She has successfully managed teams, rallied volunteers, generated community connections, and led multiple campaigns to establish a strong track record of securing gifts at all levels.

“I am especially pleased that she is joining the Mahaiwe in its fifteenth anniversary season as we look toward significant fundraising to extend our programming reach and maintain our treasured historic theater.”

Michal Rubin assumed her new role as vice president of development at the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) earlier this month. She is responsible for strengthening partnerships with donors and nonprofit partners and advancing the organization’s strategic direction.

Noted CCF President Geeta Pradhan. “The Cambridge Community Foundation harnesses the power of philanthropy to change lives and build a stronger community. With her experience and creative approach, Michal will be an incredible partner to donors seeking to realize their philanthropic goals in this city.”

Prior to joining the Mahaiwe, Wortis was director of development at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Mass., where she served as chief strategist for fundraising and oversaw a development program that included major, annual, and planned giving; individual and business membership; special events; and foundation and government support.

Her professional experience also includes 10 years at Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, Mass., most recently as director of development and alumnae relations. Previously, she held senior development roles at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Sterling and Francis Clark Art Institute, Austen Riggs Center, Boston Arts Academy Foundation, The Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Harvard University, and Huntington Theatre Company.

She also served as Chair of the Somerville Arts Council and was a founding member of the Berkshire County Development Alliance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Master of Business Administration degree from Simmons College’s School of Management.

Before joining CCF, Rubin established the strategic partnerships department of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies, a nonpartisan think tank in Jerusalem. She created an in-house fundraising function to support the organization’s operating budget, and played a key role in five-year strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Previously, Rubin served as vice president of development at Minuf Consulting Group, a boutique firm for nonprofits and foundations. Earlier, she worked at the Shimon Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, where she served in the international relations department for five years.

Rubin earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at UMass-Amherst, a master’s degree in public administration and a certificate in management, leadership, and decision sciences from The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a master’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Tel Aviv University.
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