Bowery Mission Changes Leadership, Creates New Fundraising Entity
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Some big news coming out of the Bowery Mission. Yesterday afternoon, the Lower East Side institution, serving the homeless and hungry for over 135 years, announced a changing of the guard, as well as an addition of a new fundraising entity.
Current president Ed Morgan will be sliding over to head the new Bowery Mission Foundation, while David P. Jones will assume presidential duties. Jones’ background is a mix of religious and business leadership, which could be a good skill set when it comes to running a nonprofit organization steeped in compassion.
It’s not Jones’ first time up to bat, either. He was recently the interim executive director of Newark’s Goodwill Rescue Mission, where, in less than a year, the Mission returned to its central role as a provider of services for the poor, homeless and addicted in Newark and surrounding areas. He also directed the recent launch of their new feeding program, which provides 8,700 meals a month for the homeless and working poor, and a 43-bed, seven-day emergency shelter program for homeless men. As a result, the Newark established a 92-bed residential life change and recovery program for the homeless and addicted and began refurbishment of its core ministry facilities.
Jones has some big shoes to fill, however, as former president Ed Morgan held court for more than two decades, and accomplished some pretty significant things, including transforming the reputation of the Mission and putting it on the map as a crucial thread in the fabric of the neighborhood, as well as city-wide. In his new role, Morgan will be president of The Bowery Mission Foundation, a nonprofit subsidiary of The Bowery Mission, where he’ll work with new and existing donors to find fresh approaches to supporting and growing the work of The Bowery Mission, with a focus on non-cash gifts.
“This is an exciting, new chapter for The Bowery Mission, and for me personally,” said Morgan. “I decided to take on this new challenge because I believe it’s the right point in our history for new leadership at The Bowery Mission, and I know David is the right person to take us forward. The Bowery Mission needs to take advantage of all the available tools that will enable our growth and long-term sustainability. The Foundation, working closely with the Mission’s development team, will play an important role in making sure that our leadership and our wonderful, dedicated staff have the resources they need.”
Mr. Jones is set to formally assume leadership duties of the Mission on April 1.