Eleanor Cicerchi - Part-time Assistant Professor
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    Eleanor Cicerchi

    Part-time Assistant Professor


    Eleanor Cicerchi has extensive fundraising management experience for international development, education, and health care organizations. She is also a fundraising consultant and frequent speaker and writer about fund raising and nonprofit management. She is currently vice president for development and marketing at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier in Elmira, NY.

    Previously she was director of the Signature Campaign at the Newark Museum. Other positions include development director for The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York; associate vice president for development at the Save the Children Federation in Westport, Connecticut, a child assistance agency that works in 48 countries; vice president for development and external affairs for ORBIS International, a blindness-prevention agency working in the developing world; and chief development officer for AmfAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research. She also served as a campaign director for Brakeley, John Price Jones Inc. and in that capacity directed the Foundation Center's first capital campaign.

    Eleanor has been an adjunct faculty member in the nonprofit management graduate program of The New School since 1994 and a faculty member for The Fund Raising School of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University since 1990. She was an adjunct faculty member in New York University's master's program in visual arts management for eight years. She also directed a national survey on anonymous giving with grant support from the Center on Philanthropy and authored the final report, published by the Center. Her most recent writing project was authoring a chapter in a book, After the Grant, published by the Foundation Center in 2010.

    A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mount Holyoke College and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, she has a master's in nonprofit management from The New School and has earned the Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) designation from the Association of Fund Raising Professionals. In addition to the study of anonymous giving, she has published three books on aspects of the history of Northern New Jersey and, with a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, edited Architecture of Bergen County, published by Rutgers University Press. In 2003 she received the Professional Fundraiser of the Year Award from the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

    Eleanor is the immediate past chair of the Development and Membership Standing Professional Committee of the American Association of Museums and secretary of ActionAid-USA, which works to eradicate poverty and injustice in the developing world using a human rights approach. She is also a board member of GlassRoots, a Newark-based organization that teaches glassmaking, business and life skills to at-risk youth, and a founding board member of Beckoning for Change, an organization that supports artists committed to social justice.

    Current Courses:

    Fundraising and Development