The Dowd Foundation of Charlotte has made a $1 million pledge to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in honor of Elizabeth “Pepper” Dowd. The gift establishes an endowed Elizabeth “Pepper” Dowd Carolina Scholars Fund and creates six new academic scholarships in the university’s Carolina Scholars Program. The scholarships will be awarded to students from North Carolina. The first Dowd Scholar will enter next fall with the Class of 2007. The scholarships will help ensure that the very best and brightest young North Carolinians can compete for merit scholarships that will allow them to be educated in their home state. The Dowd Scholarships will be part of UNC’s Carolina Scholars, a comprehensive academic scholarship program. The program provides a substantial stipend to cover the costs of tuition, fees and books for eight semesters.
Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the country’s oldest federated philanthropy and the central fundraising and planning arm of Boston’s Jewish community, is pleased to announce two additions to its Development Staff: 1.) Fred Levine has joined CJP as a Principal Gifts Officer. Most recently, Levine served as the Assistant Director, Major Gifts for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. Previously, he was the Executive Director of Beth Shalom Congregation in Pennsylvania and has held management positions for the Anti Defamation League in Pennsylvania, Florida and New York. At CJP Levine will manage a portfolio of approximately 75 donor families and will develop, oversee and implement development strategies for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship in support of the CJP Strategic Plan. Mr. Levine received a BA at Brandeis and completed graduate study at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He resides in Brookline and has three daughters, aged 6, 11 and 16. 2.) Rebecca Schnitzer has joined CJP as a Development Officer for CJP’s Annual Fund. Rebecca comes to CJP from APCO Worldwide where she most recently was an associate in the Business Development Department. Previously, Ms. Schnitzer worked at Meltzer, Schiner and Carroll, LLC where she assisted in the ongoing development of company philanthropic strategy focusing on aligning strategic giving with business goals. At CJP Ms. Schnitzer will manage a portfolio of approximately 450-550 annual fund donors. She will develop, oversee and implement strategies for solicitation, cultivation and stewardship and will work in partnership with volunteer leadership. Schnitzer graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri with a major in Psychology (with honors) and a minor in Near Eastern Studies. She resides in Brookline with her fiancé Aaron Kotok.