[Podcast] The Evolution of Community Foundations, a Conversation with Julie Cole Mecum of the Community Foundation of Boone County

October 17, 2016 Jamie Serino

"One of the trends that we're seeing in the community is that decision-making is becoming more and more data-driven. Community as a whole, not just the philanthropic sector." - Julie Cole Mecum

In this episode of the Champions for Social Good Podcast, Jamie Serino speaks with Julie Cole Mecum, Chief Operating Officer at the Community Foundation of Boone County (@CFBooneCo), about how the Foundation has been evolving to adapt to the changing needs of its donor base and constituents. Julie discusses the importance of collaborating with donors, non-profits and neighboring community foundations to tackle important issues, and how individuals and families increasingly want to be more closely involved with the programs they are supporting. Julie also addresses the importance of technology in administrative management, the rise of donor-advised funds at community foundations, and working to provide donors and the entire community with the ability to see the measurable results of their giving. 

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Jamie Serino

Jamie Serino is Director of Marketing for Blackbaud’s Corporations & Foundations division. Bringing nearly two decades of leadership experience spanning the private and nonprofit sectors, Jamie oversees the strategy to communicate Blackbaud’s brand promise to grantmaking organizations and corporations, drive market leadership, and establish strategic partnerships that lift the philanthropic sector. Jamie also hosts the Champions for Social Good podcast. Prior to joining Blackbaud, Jamie developed and led transformational marketing and communication strategies in both B-to-B and B-to-C technology industries, including financial services, network security, CRM, Internet telephony and HR/Recruiting. He was instrumental in building the Vonage brand, growing the customer base from 10,000 to 2.5 million while helping the company through its IPO. He also led the centralization of communications and branding at SunGard in order to reposition the company for IPO/acquisition.

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