HERA Announces Development Director

July 7, 2014

HERA Foundation Announces Barbara Potts as Director of Development

DENVER – July 7, 2014The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation, a nationally recognized ovarian cancer nonprofit, announced the addition of Barbara Potts as director of development. In this new position, Barbara will provide strategic leadership for all development and fundraising activities nationally, oversee new fundraising campaigns, develop new corporate, foundation and individual partnerships, create a major gifts program for the organization, increase donor support and event participation, and manage all development-related communication.

Barbara spent more than 20 years in the Washington, D.C.-area as a consultant for corporations and nonprofit organizations. Her experience also includes numerous years in executive leadership and funding development for nonprofits including Southern Maryland Center For Living Independently For Everyone (L.I.F.E.), East Baltimore Community Corporation, Matrix Human Services, League of Catholic Women of Detroit, and Christian Children’s Fund, among others.

Potts’s development experience includes work at the local, state, and national levels in securing corporate donations from $10,000 to more than $11 million. She is a certified trainer for grant writing and has successfully secured nonprofit funding awards ranging from $25,000 to $30 million. She holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Maryland, and is involved with professional organizations including the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the National Association of Professional Women.

“With the addition of Barbara on our team, I know that HERA will continue to grow at an even faster pace. This new growth will allow HERA to make a bigger and more timely impact on the ovarian cancer problem. I’m very excited for HERA’s future,” said Samantha Lockwood, president of the HERA board of directors.

Since its founding in 2002, the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation has raised and awarded nearly $1 million for research grants to scientists at well-respected medical institutions including Johns Hopkins University, MD Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Colorado, among others. In addition, HERA has also awarded nearly $50,000 to nonprofit organizations leading ovarian cancer awareness programs. Potts’ work as director of development will aim to expand these giving efforts even further.

Through HERA’s Climb4LifeSM series and other fundraising events, the organization dedicates 88 percent of funds raised to HERA’s programs such as its scientific research and community grants, as well as other education and awareness initiatives for ovarian cancer. For more information, visit www.herafoundation.org.

About the HERA Foundation:

Established in 2002, the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer by promoting Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness. As a nationally recognized ovarian cancer organization, HERA provides funding for cutting-edge research grants to scientists at respected medical institutions. In so doing, HERA attracts more researchers to expand the scientific understanding of ovarian cancer while improving the lives of those battling the disease. In addition, HERA awards grants to local community groups to raise awareness about the disease in novel and unusual ways. More information is available at www.herafoundation.org.

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