K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, the charity formed by the apparel and children’s industries, has chosen an experienced nonprofit executive to chart a course for the organization’s future. Lisa Gurwitch will be the new president and CEO. The charity focuses on donations of new apparel, home and children’s products.
On April 7, 2014 Kids In Distressed Situations and Fashion Delivers Charitable Foundation merged to become K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, and has been conducting a search for a permanent leader. Lisa Gurwitch brings over two decades of experience in nonprofit management, charitable gift planning, fundraising and philanthropy to her new position.
“It is an honor to be selected to lead K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, with its dedicated board, staff, partners and supporters, all of whom share a passion for helping to alleviate the effects of poverty and disaster,” said Gurwitch. “I look forward to developing additional resources and visibility to multiply our efforts, especially during 2015 as we commemorate the milestones of 30 years of K.I.D.S. and 10 years of Fashion Delivers’ impact.”
“Lisa is the perfect leader to take K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers forward,” said Board Co-Chairman Allan Ellinger. “Our merger takes advantage of efficiencies and offers a greater range of aid to people in need, and she can help plan a highly sustainable future for us.” Board Co-Chairman Gary Simmons added, “Our successful luncheon and gala, as well as our extensive product programs, demonstrate the strength of our industry support. Lisa’s skills and leadership will bolster our continued service and help expand our efforts.” The board also expressed its thanks to Interim President Joel Newman, who has been managing the organization since the merger and led the search for the new president and CEO. Gurwitch will assume her position in January 2015.
Gurwitch most recently served as senior vice president for Institutional Advancement and External Relations at World Learning, where she led efforts to cultivate strategic partnerships with donors, foundations and corporations. Prior to World Learning, she spent 18 years in various roles at the Jewish Community Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, ultimately serving as its executive director and contributing to the dramatic growth of the fund’s philanthropic assets.
A past officer and board member of more than 40 charitable and professional organizations and foundations, Gurwitch is a frequent speaker on philanthropy, legacy and charitable gifts. Before entering the philanthropy profession, she practiced law in San Francisco and Chicago, specializing in commercial real estate and financial transactions. Gurwitch earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Vanderbilt University, a juris doctor from George Washington University and is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage and Mandel Executive Development Programs.
K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to provide new merchandise to children, families, and people impacted by poverty and tragedy. Excess product, including apparel, accessories, shoes, home furnishings, toys, books, school supplies and other items, deliver hope and dignity to people in need through a network of community partners.