Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island is pleased to announce that Karen Weavill has been named the agency’s director of development. Weavill, who brings with her 25 years of progressive nonprofit fundraising experience, began her position Feb. 12.
In her new role, Weavill will be responsible for developing and executing Meals on Wheels of RI’s annual development strategy to raise the agency’s visibility and impact in meeting the nutritional and other special needs of the elderly in order to help them maintain their independent lifestyles.
“Karen is an impressive and highly-skilled fundraiser, and we are thrilled to welcome her to our team,” said Executive Director Heather Amaral. “Her vast experience in donor stewardship and building multi-platform development strategies will be an enormous asset as we continue our crucial work in addressing the issues of senior hunger and isolation across Rhode Island.”
Most recently, Weavill was director of development and director of Episcopal Charities for the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island. In that role, she was successful in establishing a comprehensive development department for the diocese, including management of all fundraising and grants activities, and leading the strategic planning team for Episcopal Charities.
She also led fundraising efforts for the Center for Reconciliation and counseled 53 diocese churches in their philanthropic activities.
“Meals on Wheels of RI provides a unique and vital service that is improving the health and quality of life for underserved and vulnerable Rhode Islanders, and I am delighted and honored to be part of that,” Weavill said. “I look forward to working with agency stakeholders, staff and the board of directors to elevate fundraising efforts to support our mission and programs.”
Weavill’s remarkable background includes positions focused on major gifts, annual giving, capital campaigns, special events and stewardship. She previously was senior development director at the American Red Cross, Connecticut and Rhode Island region, and has been an integral part of fundraising teams at several Rhode Island nonprofits, including the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, the Miriam Hospital Foundation and Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, Inc.
Weavill is a longtime member of the board of directors of School One, an arts-focused private high school in Providence, and recently was named board vice president. She became a CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive)—an achievement earned by just 15 percent of fundraising professionals—in 2003 and holds a Bachelor of Science in business communication from Bentley University.