United Way Awards Capacity Building Grant to the Association of Development Officers

White Plains, NY (January 2021) – United Way of Westchester and Putnam (United Way) awarded the Association of Development Officers (ADO) a $1,500 grant to support its capacity-building efforts for the local nonprofit community. The funds will be used to underwrite ADO’s spring workshop series, which provides nonprofit professionals in the lower Hudson Valley with valuable opportunities to learn about fundraising, marketing, and communication practices and trends with their peers.

“We are so grateful to the United Way for their support of ADO’s spring workshop series,” said Julie Sootin, executive director at ADO. “United Way is a valued partner to the nonprofit community, providing direct funding to help so many local nonprofits build capacity, and supporting the whole sector through its education grant to ADO.”

ADO was formed in 1980 to provide peer support and educational workshops to resource development professionals in the nonprofit sector. It hosts about 10 professional development workshops annually.

“United Way is pleased to strengthen the work of ADO, which aids so many nonprofits in Westchester County by providing teachings and tools to further the professional growth of their resource development and communications teams,” said Tom Gabriel, president and CEO of United Way. “Helping nonprofits with capacity building is an important component of United Way’s efforts because we believe that together we can improve the lives of those in need more than any one organization by itself.”    

United Way of Westchester and Putnam supports education, financial stability, and health initiatives to help residents become self-sufficient and thrive. These include the 2-1-1 helpline, essential goods distribution, early literacy programming for preschoolers, job skills training, and financial empowerment for adults, as well as access to health services for all.