The Lenfest Institute for Journalism in Philadelphia has named Annie Madonia as its founding chief advancement officer, effective May 1, 2017. In this role, Ms. Madonia will build a sophisticated advancement operation, including a principal and major gifts program, and lead efforts to promote institutional visibility and strong strategic communications and messaging.
Founded in 2016, the Lenfest Institute for Journalism is the first-of-its-kind organization whose sole mission is to develop and support sustainable business models for great local journalism. The Institute is working to transform the news industry in the digital age to ensure that high quality local journalism remains a cornerstone of democracy. Ms. Madonia will report to the Institute’s CEO and executive director, Jim Friedlich, and work closely with a robust board of managers to build out fundraising activities locally, regionally, and nationally.
Previously, Ms. Madonia spent seven years as the senior vice president of strategic philanthropy at the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. In that role, she led a 35-member development team that raised nearly $60 million in annual support from over 100,00 donors, played a critical role in board development and governance, and directed three board committees through a strategic planning process.
Before joining the United Way, Ms. Madonia served as vice president of development and board relations for The Philadelphia Orchestra; prior to that, she spent 12 years at The Cleveland Orchestra, ultimately serving as director of development from 2000-2007. Ms. Madonia has also held development positions at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Inc. and Carnegie Hall. She earned a BA in art history from Wellesley College.
Jack Gorman led this search with Grace Rosenthal Zakim and Jun Choi.