New executive will lead strategic fundraising efforts for the largest YMCA in South Carolina
GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 22, 2019) — YMCA of Greenville announced that Diana Watson has been selected to lead the mission-based organization’s philanthropic initiatives as its chief philanthropy officer. Watson, who is currently an award-winning evening anchor at Fox Carolina, will be responsible for raising funds for the Y’s capital and annual scholarship campaigns.
For more than 20 years, Watson has been active with several Upstate nonprofits, most recently chairing the United Way of Greenville’s annual campaign which raised $18.2 million for the largest poverty-fighting organization in the county. She was honored with the United Way Spirit Award for her leadership in the campaign. She served on the board of Communities in Schools. She has also been involved with other Upstate nonprofits such as Meyer Center for Special Children, Julie Valentine Center, Habitat for Humanity and American Heart Association.
“We are thrilled to have someone as deeply embedded in Greenville as Diana Watson to lead our fundraising so we can serve even more people with the Y’s life-changing programs,” said Scot Baddley, president & CEO of YMCA of Greenville. “Her ability to connect, build trust and tie our mission into the heart of our donors will help us create meaningful impact and reach our fundraising goals.”
“It is such a gift to be able to serve Greenville in a way that makes a direct impact on our neighbors,” said Watson. “I am looking forward to using what I’ve learned as a journalist and volunteer advocate to help further the mission of the YMCA of Greenville.”
Watson’s first day in her new role will be June 11, 2019.
About the YMCA of Greenville SC
The YMCA of Greenville is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families, and communities. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves Greenville’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Begun in 1876, the Y serves more than 70,000 people annually through programs that include Afterschool, Resident Camp and Day Camp, Aquatics, Youth and Adult Sports, and Health and Wellness. Programs are offered through four family branches, as well as the Verdae YMCA, Y Camp Greenville, Judson Community Center, the Adams Mill Program Center and Hollingsworth Outdoor Center. The Y is also home to Y Teen Services and the SC Youth in Government program.
For more information about the YMCA of Greenville, visit ymcagreenville.org.
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