Having looked nationwide to find just the right person to fill the position of vice president of Financial Resource Development, a search committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia discovered someone with the exact qualifications in their own front yard.
Ande Adelman, who has more than 25 years of volunteer experience with Federation in fundraising and leadership development, most recently as chair of the organization's board, has been appointed to the executive-level position. Her professional work has included fundraising and motivational speaking.
"Federation is very fortunate to have a person of her caliber and reputation to serve in this role," said Beryl D. Simonson, Federation board chair.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Adelman holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Harcum Junior College.
Adelman will assume her new duties on June 20.
"She brings to Federation the great fortune of not only her personal charm and charisma, but the valuable relationships she has with donors and staff," said Harold Goldman, Federation president. "She is well-known for her dedication to the global Jewish community and for promoting a culture of kindness, consideration, and achievement at Federation."
Wearing her signature flower pin on her way to a Federation Women's Philanthropy event and awaiting the birth of her second grandchild that day, Adelman discussed her reasons for accepting the position.
"This is a natural connection to what I did as a volunteer," she said. "I care so much about the Jewish community here, and in Israel and worldwide. I don't want to miss a single opportunity to move it forward."
'I Have the Energy'
As Federation chair from 2001 to 2004, she helped lead it through the development and the implementation of its Strategic Philanthropy business plan, which set strongly definable priorities and gave donors the opportunity to target programs and projects – ones that have a significant, measurable impact on the community.
"I want to do everything I can do while I can," she said. "Federation is at a critical point of implementation of Strategic Philanthropy, and is moving to new levels.
"On the other hand, at 58, I wasn't exactly looking for a new career," quipped a woman known for a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh. "But I do believe I have the energy."
Adelman has served as Women's Division campaign chair, the president of Women's Division, the chair of Human Resources and vice chair of the "Israel 50" mission. She also chaired the Committee on Planning and Allocations, and served as a member of United Way's Board. Adelman was honored by Women's American ORT in 1990, and before that, in 1984 she received Federation's Mrs. Isadore Kohn Young Leadership Award.
In her new position, Adelman will be responsible for developing and leading all aspects of fundraising activities, and will oversee the Strategic Philanthropy initiative of moving from an event-driven model to one that is donor-centric and geared to build relationships.
As she moves forward, she has a very specific message for those who give to Federation: "I want them to feel good about sharing their financial resources with the Jewish community. There are so many opportunities for them to connect their Jewish philanthropy with their passions.
"For every donor, the goal is to turn them on to the future of the Jewish community."