Staff Profile: Ana Dabrowski, Associate

Ana-0541The opportunity to “give back and make a difference in all different kinds of organizations throughout the country” is what led Ana Dabrowski to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector.

“Ana serves as RA’s resident pilgrim,” says George Ruotolo, the firm’s CEO.  “She was born and still resides in Plymouth, Massachusetts, loves the ocean and boating, and in our view has a unique talent to bring people together and extract from them a combined energy for the good of the campaign and client.  She is also providing marketing strategies for the New England region, and I believe has an extremely bright future with our firm.”

Ana was employed by a variety of nonprofit organizations before joining Ruotolo Associates. Her passion for philanthropy became evident while working as Project Manager in the Professional Education Department at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Massachusetts.  She managed grant-funded educational seminars in coordination with Joslin physicians creating a new line of revenue to support the center’s research to find a cure for diabetes.  During her position at Joslin, Ana volunteered with the Family Reach Foundation and served on the organization’s premier event committee to provide financial relief to families who are fighting pediatric cancer.  She also worked as a Special Events Manager at the American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey, where she coordinated a variety of events simultaneously to generate revenue and increase chapter awareness. Ana identified, engaged, and developed volunteer committees to support fundraising objectives and collaborated with board members and major gift officers to solicit and secure financial support.

This experience provided a solid foundation for her service to RA clients.  For the past 2 ½ years, she has worked with numerous non-profits, both in New England and around the Northeast, including Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, Summit, NJ; Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity, Lackawanna, NY; Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica, Lackawanna, NY; The Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport, Haverhill, MA; St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish, Melrose, MA; Gloucester Catholic High School, Gloucester City, NJ; EMARC, Wakefield, MA; St. Anne Parish, Bristol, VA; Cheverus School, Malden, MA; Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish, Hampton, NH; and Our Lady of Mercy Parish, South Bound Brook, NJ.

Ana particularly enjoyed her collaboration with her first client, St. Mary’s Parish in Middlebury, Vermont. “I felt that I had a real connection with the committee members who were working on the capital campaign,” Ana said of her efforts, which helped raise $925,000, substantially more than the $775,000 goal. “It reassured me that I could help nonprofits succeed.”

And Ana definitely wins praise for her endeavors. “She possesses a tremendous amount of energy, enthusiasm, and passion for mission that she brings to her work with clients,” said Milissa Else, Vice President and Director of RA’s Church Division. “She has a talent of engaging and motivating volunteers and client staff to move towards successful completion of the task at hand.”

In addition to capital campaigns, Ana has also worked on several executive searches, development assessments, and planning and feasibility studies. She and RA’s Chairman and CEO George Ruotolo recently served as guest lecturers at a Master’s level course in philanthropy at Boston University where they shared with students the importance of planning and feasibility studies. “It is critical to gather intelligence before an organization can move forward,” said Ana. “So often, you find people willing to make a major gift, who had not been identified previously, to help a nonprofit.” She also presented a major gifts track with George at the recent National Catholic Development Conference.

Ana received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, and earned her certificate in Event Management from Northeastern University in Boston.