WASHINGTON, June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SOS Children's Villages – USA announced today that Ms. Lynn Croneberger, CFRE, was named chief executive officer of the U.S. headquarters of SOS Children's Villages International. Ms. Croneberger will lead a Washington, D.C.-based team to raise the level of awareness and funding for the domestic and international work of this international non-governmental organization (iNGO).
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"I am honored to be joining an organization that directly addresses the complex needs of children and families at risk," Ms. Croneberger stated. "SOS Children's Villages has earned an incredible global reputation through raising children in their natural cultures with an emphasis on education and each child's long-term development. I admire the holistic solution of caring for children that SOS has developed over more than 60 years and look forward to helping those children who have been hardest hit by economic circumstances, war and disease."
With extensive experience in nonprofit leadership positions, Ms. Croneberger is well-suited for this role. Prior to joining SOS Children's Villages, she was vice president of development for The Wilderness Society and Reading is Fundamental in Washington, D.C. She was also executive director for the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation and Memorial Foundation, executive director of the American Heart Association of South Florida as well as vice president for United Way of Broward County, Florida. Ms. Croneberger is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE) and was the 2011 president of the Washington, D.C. Metro Area Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
Mr. John Allen, chairman of the SOS Children's Villages – USA Board of Directors, expressed his support of Ms. Croneberger, "Her wonderful combination of experience in fund-raising and nonprofit management especially in the areas of literacy and medical programs show her commitment to helping the most vulnerable children and families of the world. Ms. Croneberger's dedication to the underserved and her commitment to professional development for all fundraising professionals through the AFP, demonstrate that she is a natural fit for this critical leadership position."
About SOS Children's Villages
For over 60 years, SOS Children's Villages has been dedicated to providing family-based, long-term care to children who can no longer grow up with their biological families. SOS is located in 133 countries including the U.S. SOS also focuses on preventing the conditions that cause children to be orphaned and abandoned. Through its Children's Villages, Family Strengthening Programs, emergency relief programs, medical centers and schools, SOS impacts the lives of over 2 million people each year. SOS Children's Villages has received numerous honors including the Save the World Award, the Mother Teresa Gold Medal, the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, and the Vietnam Friendship Medal. For more information about SOS Children's Villages, visit www.sos-usa.org.
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