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Nonprofit hires CEO

March 6, 2019
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Patrick Placzkowski
Patrick Placzkowski. Courtesy Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids

A local nonprofit that focuses on youth mentorship has a new CEO.

Patrick Placzkowski began the role for the Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids in January, according to the nonprofit yesterday.

“My job is to ensure that every child who passes through our door will trust us with helping him or her achieve their hopes and dreams. That’s our mission,” Placzkowski said.

Placzkowski had been the development director for the Van Andel Institute since 2012.

Previously, he spent nine years at the American Institute for Cancer Research in Washington, D.C., spending the final three years as development director after moving up the ladder from development assistant.

He's also been managing director of the St. Croix Festival Theatre.

“Patrick brings a wealth of leadership experience to the Boys & Girls Club that will enable the organization to perform at its highest level,” said Dustin Hopkins, the nonprofit’s board chair.

“I speak for the entire board when I say that we could not have found a better leader to guide us through these challenging times for mission-driven organizations that rely so heavily on the generosity of the communities they serve.”

He holds a B.A. in theater from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and an M.F.A. in theater from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a also CFRE International-certified fundraising executive.

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