August 15, 2012
Danielle Deabler, NPR




August 15, 2012; Washington, D.C. - Monique Hanson, currently Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer for YMCA of the USA, will become NPR's head fundraiser, announced Gary E. Knell, President and CEO of NPR.

Her appointment begins in early October, following an extensive national search. She will report directly to Knell.

Hanson, a development professional with more than two decades of experience, will lead NPR's fundraising programs - including major and planned giving, and foundation grants, which taken together are NPR's third largest source of revenue. She will work closely with major stations and Trustees of the NPR Foundation, Inc., a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to raise financial support for NPR, Inc. The Foundation holds the NPR Endowment, including the majority of the $230 million bequest made by Mrs. Joan B. Kroc in 2003.

"Monique has the experience needed to take NPR to new heights in fundraising. She brings vision and a collaborative spirit that will help us forge innovative partnerships with NPR member stations across the country," said Knell. "I'm excited that we found a leader that embraces our potential to strengthen our nation's democracy and enrich people's day to day lives."

"I look forward to applying my full skill-set to NPR, in particular my collaboration-building expertise, which I hope will be helpful to public radio as a whole. NPR has established its place as one of our nation's premier media organizations and I believe I'm coming in at the perfect time to play a role in ensuring its future," said Hanson. "Above all, the mission of NPR speaks to my professional and personal passions."

The announcement of Hanson's appointment comes at a time when NPR is redefining radio by expanding its reach on digital platforms, investing in local journalism and diversity, and innovating in its programming, including the recent launch of Ted Radio Hour and Ask Me Another. NPR programming reaches 26.4 million on-air listeners weekly and receives 19 million visitors on NPR's web and digital platforms. NPR programming is broadcast by 959 public radio stations that canvass the country. The audience for NPR programming and newscasts is greater than the combined circulation of the top 64 national newspapers.

This is the first appointment from outside the organization made by Knell, who became NPR's President and CEO last December.

As Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer for the YMCA of the USA, Hanson was recruited to the organization in 2004 and has since served as the chief fundraising strategist and operational leader for one of the largest non-profit organizations in the country. The YMCA is a $5 billion organization that serves over 21 million members through 2,700 locations nationwide. She was specifically brought on board to dramatically enhance contributed revenue and reposition the national corporate and foundation profile.

From 2001 to 2004, Hanson served as the Senior Director of Development for the Alzheimer Association at its national headquarters in Chicago. In this position, she built a national/chapter collaborative fundraising project that raised millions.

Prior to her work with the Alzheimer Association, Hanson successfully served in fundraising positions for Roosevelt University, The Newberry Library, Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Hanson received her BA from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and currently resides in Chicago, but plans to relocate to Washington, DC where NPR is headquartered.

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