A Major Gifts Officer Joins “A Better Chance”

Cynthia Housel

A Better Chance, a national nonprofit that recruits academically talented and motivated students of color and helps them reach a variety of educational opportunities, has announced that Cynthia Housel will join its team as major gifts officer for the Western United States. In this newly created position, Housel will serve as a  member of the development team. She will work with volunteers, alumni and donors in the western states.  Her objective will be to keep A Better Chance’s supporters and advocates informed, engaged and connected to the work the organization does. She will be based in Oakland. “I hold the mission of A Better Chance close to my heart,” said Housel.  “I firmly believe that it is critical to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society.” For over 16 years, Housel has supported or led individual and major gifts campaigns, capital campaigns, institutional giving, volunteer and board management, and events for large and small organizations in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Her past experience includes tenures at Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles, Boy Scouts of America – Los Angeles Area Council and the California Academy of Sciences.  She was most recently the Financial Development Director at the YMCA of San Francisco – Chinatown Branch. A Better Chance, at www.abetterchance.org, is one of the oldest national organizations of its kind supporting academically talented youth of color via access to prestigious educational opportunities for students in grades 6-12. A Better Chance operates the College Preparatory Schools Program, which recruits, refers and supports about 500 scholars at more than 300-member schools nationwide annually. The Organization has been helping students since1963. Since its inception, more than 13,000 alumni have been given an A Better Chance opportunity.  The group is headquartered in New York and has five regional offices.
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