FFTP Announces New EVP/Chief Development Officer Michelle Gollapalli
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Dec. 27, 2023) – Michelle Gollapalli has been named Food For The Poor’s new Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer. Gollapalli leads the charity’s Major Gifts, Donor Relations, Foundations, Planned Giving, and Business Development departments.
Gollapalli, who lives in the Philadelphia area, comes to FFTP with over 25 years of experience as a fundraising executive at the regional, national and international level.
“As a fundraising executive, Michelle has built comprehensive fundraising operations from the ground up,” Raine added. “She has the ability to see the big picture like a consultant would along with having valuable experience in both the for-profit and the nonprofit world. She knows the value of building relationships and will bring a tremendous ability to engage everyone from our donors to team members to help drive us toward the future.”
From October 2019 to January 2023, Gollapalli was Vice President of Development, Diversity & Inclusion at Emergency Care Research Institute in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., where she oversaw the creation and building of a framework for comprehensive fundraising and diversity and inclusion strategies for the patient safety organization.
Her background also includes stints as Vice President of Development, Executive Director at the Kennedy Health Care Foundation in Voorhees, N.J., Chief Development Officer at Bancroft in Cherry Hill, N.J., Vice President of Philanthropy at Presby’s Inspired Life in Lafayette Hill, Pa., and Associate Director, Principal & Major Gifts at the Alzheimer’s Association in Chicago.
Born and raised in India, Gollapalli saw firsthand how poverty and hunger impacts children. As a Christian, Gollapalli is committed to working to ensure that all God’s children are cared for with compassion.
“I am truly honored to be working at Food For The Poor,” Gollapalli said. “The charity’s mission of addressing the causes of poverty in a sustainable, comprehensive manner is one that is inspiring. It will be my privilege to serve with a donor-centered approach, alongside a dedicated team of professionals, knowing that the vulnerable populations we will impact are at the heart of the work we do.”
Gollapalli has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, English, and Journalism, and an MBA with a concentration in Marketing, and has both the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) certifications. She is also a Master Trainer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of hungry children and families living in poverty primarily in 17 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, water, medicine, educational materials, homes, support for vulnerable children, care for the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance. For more information, please visit foodforthepoor.org.