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Urban Edge names new chief development officer

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  April 26, 2011 11:22 AM

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Below is an announcement from Boston nonprofit community development corporation Urban Edge:

Hillel J. Korin, a fundraising consultant with extensive regional and national experience, has joined Urban Edge as its new chief development officer, as the nonprofit community development corporation focuses on additional new affordable housing in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain and prepares to launch the first phase of the Jackson Square mixed-use development.

Korin, president of Korin Development Associates of Newton, will focus on building capital resources and developing philanthropic support for Urban Edge as the organization undertakes new and expanded projects.

"With his extensive financial and fund-raising experience, Hillel is perfectly suited to the needs of Urban Edge as it expands its revenue base and moves into new and collaborative relationships that will help fulfill its missions of creating affordable housing and building community," said Chrystal Kornegay, Urban Edge President and Chief Executive Officer. "We welcome him to our team."

Korin said he will work with the organization’s staff to strengthen and better coordinate its fund-raising activities. “As Urban Edge looks to redefine the scope of services currently provided and as it considers new lines of business and new models of service delivery, new sources of philanthropic support will be required to support Urban Edge’s mission,” he said.

Korin Development Associates managed successful capital campaigns for synagogues in Belmont and Newburyport, as well as consulting for several small agencies and organizations.

As executive vice president of The Ostroff Group of Boca Raton, FL, and Boston, Korin managed a capital campaign for an independent school in Maryland and closed contributions in excess of $3 million. He also led feasibility studies for independent schools and other organizations.

“Hillel has a collegial style that really works well for an organization like Urban Edge with a lot of stakeholders,” said Johanna (Joey) Smith, Northeast Regional Counsel for The Community Builders, Inc. “He’s only been with us a short while, but his experience has allowed him to jump right in, assess our needs, and see the big picture.”

Korin designed and taught the core course on annual fund raising for the newly developed Certificate Program in fundraising at Northeastern University. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars throughout New England.

As chief development officer, Korin is assuming a variety of organizational, planning, and fundraising activities, including some previously performed by Mossik Hacobian, who retired as Urban Edge’s president at the end of last year after more than 30 years with the organization.

“We will work to strengthen the organization to create a sustainable flow of philanthropic support, while growing its capacity to apply for and obtain grants and contracts at the city, state, and national level,” said Korin. “Funding sources will include public and quasi-public streams, as well as private philanthropic support.”

Korin said he does not expect to expand the Urban Edge staff but will work to increase its capacity to search for foundation support and other outside resources, sharpen its management and tracking of grants and grant applications, and refine and improve its communications with donors.

From 2001 to 2002, Korin was director of resource development at The Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education in Boston, which promotes growth and development of Jewish day schools. During that time he managed resource development for a portfolio of 10 schools.

Korin was Associate Vice President of Development and Alumni Affairs at Brandeis University, in Waltham, MA, from 1995 to 2001. There he increased the annual participation rate by more than 10 percent and established the Alumni Fund Scholars Program, designed to provide annual unrestricted scholarship revenue.

Between 1982 and 1995, as vice president of Campaign and Development for Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Korin increased annual campaign revenue from $14,000,000 to more than $20,000,000 in one five-year period.

Korin is on the Board of Advisors of Jewish Major Leaguers, Inc., and a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals.

Previously, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Jewish Committee; on the Board of directors of the Friends of Brandeis Athletics at Brandeis; a member of the board of the Hillel Foundation at Brandeis; on the board of the New England Aquarium; and a board member of the Waltham Boys and Girls Club.

He received a B.A. from Brandeis and an Honorary Doctor of Jewish Communal Service degree from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institution of Religion of Los Angeles, CA.

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