Special Announcement: Paul Di Donato appointed President of Proteus Fund
I’m writing with exciting news at the start of a new year. The Proteus Fund Board of Directors has unanimously appointed Paul Di Donato as its new President. I am 100% confident that we have found for Proteus a leader who is perfectly poised to build on our founding President Meg Gage’s 20+ year legacy of leadership and innovation and grow Proteus into the most effective platform for social justice philanthropy possible today.
We could not have a better leader for Proteus heading into the future than Paul with his deep advocacy and philanthropic experience, leadership within Proteus, and understanding of what it takes to build effective social change campaigns. Paul has dedicated his entire career to fighting for justice and equality in the areas of LGBTQ rights, HIV/AIDS and public health, gender and racial justice, and other rights and social change issues.
For eight years, Paul led Proteus’ successful Civil Marriage Collaborative, working diligently to support a wide array of public education efforts to change hearts and minds on the freedom to marry. The strategic philanthropic leadership provided by the CMC contributed significantly to the massive turnaround in public opinion and support on this critical issue and helped lead to the momentous June 2015 Supreme Court ruling extending marriage equality nationally.
In this current social, economic, and political climate, philanthropy must play an even greater and more aggressive leadership role to defend such victories and continue the fight for democracy, human rights, and peace. Paul’s leadership and skillful facilitation of partnerships through the CMC stands as a model of the type of strategic and impactful work Proteus will continue to do.
In seeking a permanent President, the Board sought an experienced trailblazer who could provide thoughtful leadership, strategic focus, program development and analysis, effective partnership mobilization, and skilled management and oversight of Proteus as it continues to grow. We are confident that we’ve found those skills and more in Paul. For the past year in his role as interim President, Paul has successfully overseen a record-breaking grantmaking year, deepened the quality and scope of our fiscally sponsored project support, and developed important new work opportunities while initiating a major internal effort to improve policies, practices, and systems to ensure organizational efficiency and a “best practices” culture. Paul is also currently working closely with the Board in a robust strategic planning process to create an exciting new vision and strategy for Proteus through 2020 which we look forward to sharing with you soon.
I’m excited to move into 2017 with Paul and the Proteus Fund staff paving the way towards a brighter and more equitable world for all!
Chair of the Proteus Fund Board of Directors