Bettina Alonso, Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director 

FOCUS AREAS: Education, health, family services, Catholic causes

CONTACT: 646-794-3315, alsmithfoundation@archny.org

PROFILE: Bettina Alonso is the executive director of the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation and the best person for grantseekers to get in touch with at the foundation. She is also the executive director of development at the Archdiocese of New York, a role she has held since November 2014. 

Alonso shares the following information about that role in her LinkedIn profile: 

Leads the resource development and fundraising programs of the Archdiocese of New York, supervising a staff of 40 individuals raising $55MM annually. Provides the strategic plan and direction for the a $200MM Capital Campaign (2016-2018), the Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal, the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation, New York Catholic Foundation, St. Patrick’s Landmark Foundation, Planned Giving and Special Events.

Alonso also leads the Cardinals Annual Stewardship Appeal as its executive director of development. In 2016, she was elected to the United Hospital Fund’s board of directors.

She previously worked at Oceana as the vice president of global development for 10 years and was a marketing manager for the Embassy of Austria for nearly 10 years prior to that. She earned a certificate of business excellence from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, attended New York University’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, and received multiple degrees from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia. 

You can learn more about her background and perspective in Catholic New York, America’s largest Catholic newspaper. 

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